A 2022 American Ambulance Association study of employee turnover found that 39% of part-time EMT and 55% of part-time paramedic positions went unfilled because of a lack of qualified candidates.
An upcoming course at the Venango Technology Center offers anyone interested in serving as an EMT as pathway to certification.
The class will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays for 15 weeks starting Jan. 26. Mark Baughman, who teaches protective services classes at the center, is facilitating the class and can be reached at 814-673-0681 or email@example.com.
Students will learn about the overall roles and responsibilities of an EMT. The class will cover various topics and certifications, including medical, legal and ethical communication, CPR, lifting and moving, patient assessment, providing emergency care, vehicle extrication, incident management, HAZMAT awareness, and scene assessment and transport of patients.
The program is offered in a hybrid format of hands-on instruction and online learning with instruction from Venango County paramedics and EMTs. The course includes a Pennsylvania State practical skills evaluation and prepares students for a written examination, which, if passed, will provide an EMT certification recognition in the state and nationally.
The cost is $800, which includes the online resources, materials, and e-book. The training is being provided through a collaboration between the Butler Health Systems/Clarion Hospital, Commonwealth University and the Venango Technology Center.