EMS class to start in July through Surry Community College

DOBSON — Surry Community College will be holding an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course starting July 7. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 S. State St., Mount Airy. Classes will run through Dec. 10.

This course establishes the basic knowledge needed to provide, under medical authority, pre-hospital emergency care and to pass the North Carolina and/or National Registry certification exam. Students will acquire basic life support knowledge through a combination of classroom instruction, practical laboratory exercises and clinical experience in hospitals. Students will also acquire a thorough understanding of criminal, civil and vehicle laws pertaining to the EMT’s services; develop understanding and knowledge of human anatomy and physiology; deal calmly and efficiently with childbirth, injuries, poisonings and other medical emergencies such as heart disorders, strokes and diabetes; and in general be able to provide basic life support for seriously/critically ill patients.

This course follows the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS. The curriculum for the EMT-B educational program are the National EMS Education Standards including the 1994 United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) EMT-Basic Course: National Standard Curriculum along with the Supplemental Airway Modules for EMT-Basic: NSC.

Students must have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency diploma and successfully complete the TABE assessment exam for basic reading comprehension skills. This testing will be assessed during the orientation period of the first class meeting.

Students will acquire between 190 and 208 total hours. Tuition is $180, but may be waived for members of approved North Carolina Lifesaving Organizations. Advanced registration required. For more information, call 336-386-3234.

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