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EMT Course Descriptions


AEMT Course Descriptions

Profession Information

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

What does it take to be a successful EMT or paramedic?

  • Compassion: EMTs and paramedics must provide emotional support to patients in an emergency, especially patients who are in life-threatening situations or extreme mental distress.
  • Interpersonal skills: EMTs and paramedics almost always work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations.
  • Listening skills: EMTs and paramedics need to listen to patients to determine the extent of their injuries or illnesses.
  • Physical strength: EMTs and paramedics need to be physically fit. Their job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.
  • Problem-solving skills: EMTs and paramedics need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments.
  • Speaking skills: EMTs and paramedics need to be able to comfort and explain procedures to the patient, give orders, and relay information to others.

Employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics. The median annual wage for EMTs and paramedics was $33,380 in May 2017.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, EMTs and Paramedics, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm (visited October 11, 2018).


DSU EMS program students who complete the EMT course, AEMT course or Paramedic program are eligible to apply for corresponding testing and certification through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the Nation’s Emergency Medical Services Certification organization. The mission of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians has always been centered on protecting the public and advancing the EMS profession.

Learn more: Links to the profession

The Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness is the lead agency for Utah’s EMS system and public health and medical preparedness and response. The BEMSP is housed within the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Division of Family Health and Preparedness. Its mission is to promote an effective and resilient public health, trauma, and emergency health care system to respond to emergencies and disasters through professional development, preparedness, regulation, quality assurance, and partner coordination.

JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) and EMS Today: The JEMS Conference and Exposition are committed to being the leading providers of information for the improvement of patient care in the prehospital setting. We achieve our mission by delivering the latest and most reliable information through clinical breakthroughs, compelling case studies, management perspectives, legal advice, product innovations, research, special editorial sections,  supplements, face-to-face networking and more.

The mission of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is to represent and serve emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. Student membership information can be found here.


Malinda Whipple

Interim Program Director

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Rachel Harris


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Kathryn Preiss

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