What You Need to Know About Becoming an EMT

A comprehensive overview for medical first responders

Table of Contents
1. What is an EMT?7. How to Become a Certified EMT?
2. Difference Between EMT & Paramedic?8. EMT Physical Requirements
3. How Much Do EMTs Make?9. Typical Day for an EMT
4. How Long to Become an EMT?10. What Shifts Do EMTs Work?
5. Who Can Be an EMT?11. Can EMTs Transfer to Other States?
6. Who Shouldn’t Become an EMT?12. Should I Become an EMT?

The idea of becoming an EMT might feel daunting at first glance. After all, medical emergencies are as varied as they are common, and EMTs are often the first to arrive. From car crashes to house fires to natural disasters, the wail of the ambulance siren comes as a massive relief to those injured, and you can’t help but watch with respect as the well-trained men and women leap into action, administer aid, and carry the wounded to safety.

We’re so transfixed by the work done by the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) that we can’t get enough of their stories. They’re our heroes, our helpers, and most importantly—we need more of them.

If you’ve ever wondered how to become an EMT, are curious about the job and the requirements, or want to know more about a career in blue, this page is for you. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about beginning your EMT career.

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WHAT IS AN EMT?

EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician. They are often the first point of contact in emergency medical situations, such as injuries, sudden illness, age-related emergencies, or trauma. As the first responders, EMTs are often expected to treat wounds, administer CPR, supply oxygen, stabilize head and neck injuries, administer medications, and drive the ambulance.

Most of us are no stranger to an EMT in action—having either been treated by one or seen one working first-hand. They’ve been a staple of America’s first response system since 1865 (when ambulances were horse-drawn carts) and today serve an average of 25 to 30 million Americans per year.

What You Need to Know About Becoming an EMT

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EMT AND A PARAMEDIC?

Both EMTs and Paramedics serve similar purposes. Both are first responders, and both provide emergency aid on-the-go. The primary difference between the two is the level of training. EMT training is thorough but can be completed in under six months, with opportunities to rise to higher trained levels (such as EMT I, EMT II, and EMT III).

Paramedic training, on the other hand, can take up to two or more years and requires a much more rigorous field of study.

Because of the additional training, paramedics can perform more complex medical procedures in the field, like intubation, IV insertion, manual defibrillation, and drug administration.

Many EMTs go on to become paramedics. In fact, many paramedic programs require applicants to work a certain period of time as an EMT before they can begin paramedic training. The skills learned as an EMT are a vital step towards the paramedic career and skillset.

HOW MUCH DO EMTs MAKE?


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for an EMT is $16.50 per hour (or $34,320 a year), though this can vary according to location, experience, and level of training required. In other words, the higher the level of your training, the higher your salary will rise.

As for job availability, it’s a great time to be an EMT. The BLS projects the number of EMT jobs to rise 15% by 2026, much faster than the national average.

HOW LONG DO YOU TRAIN TO BECOME AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN?

Not long! If you’re studying to be an EMT in Arizona, for example, you can complete your courses in just 14 days by attending the Unitek EMT 14-Day Boot Camp. The course features hands-on, instructor-led training across 14 consecutive days (as the name suggests). The robust curriculum (frequently updated as the medical landscape is constantly changing) combines theory lectures with hands-on medical equipment exercises.

HOW LONG DO YOU TRAIN TO BECOME AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN?

Students can expect 10 hours of instruction per day (simulating the intense pace of an EMT), realistic emergency simulations, and assistance in passing the National Registry EMT (NREMT) certification exam.

(Oh, and complimentary lunches and dinners are also provided, so all you’ll need to focus on is learning to save lives).

After you’ve been certified, you’ll still need to keep up with your training and any changes in the field. Unitek also offers an EMT refresher course for just that purpose.

WHO CAN BE AN EMT?

If you want to become an EMT, there’s a good chance you can. There are requirements you’ll need to meet, however, before you can start learning to drive the ambulance. EMT applicants must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be CPR-certified
  • Have the ability to lift more than 100 pounds
  • Pass a criminal background check and drug test

Requirements may vary slightly according to the training program you choose, but these four are the most common.

(If you aren’t CPR certified yet, check out Unitek’s CPR training here).

WHO SHOULD NOT BECOME AN EMT?

Not everyone can be an EMT, unfortunately. These include applicants who:

  • Are unable to read at a 9th grade level
  • Don’t meet the basic requirements
  • Have a criminal background or a history of drug abuse
  • Just want to wear the uniform
  • Just want to drive fast
  • Easily “burn out” from long shifts and stressful situations
  • Think that EMT training will be easy because it’s shorter than a college degree

Being an EMT isn’t all about racings through red lights, blaring a siren, and saving dozens of lives a day. At its core, the job of an EMT is simply to care for people. It requires patience (lots of patience), the ability to stay calm and think under pressure, and to treat band-aid situations with the same level of professionalism as stretcher situations.

HOW DO I BECOME A CERTIFIED EMT?

In addition to your healthcare provider CPR certification and the completion of a state-approved EMT program, you’ll also need to be certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (the NREMT exam).

HOW DO I BECOME A CERTIFIED EMT?

The NREMT exam consists of two parts—a cognitive exam (knowledge test) and a psychomotor exam (a hands-on assessment). Requirements may very slightly from state to state.

The good news is, your EMT courses should cover everything you need to know for the tests, so no additional research is required! The Unitek EMT 14-Day Bootcamp, for example, teaches future EMTs with the NREMT specifically in mind.

If you’d like to brush up on any of the psychomotor exam treatments, though, below are a few checklists from nremt.org on key procedures that will almost certainly be on the test.

WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR AN EMT?

EMTs must perform a wide variety of physical tasks during their shifts, so to do the job properly (and best care for your patients), there are some physical requirements you’ll need to meet.

+ Strength and MobilityEMTs should be able to lift a minimum of 100 pounds, push a minimum of 50 pounds, and have the stamina, endurance, and flexibility to repeatedly lift, bend, and kneel.

+ CoordinationWrapping bandages and operating medical controls takes a steady hand (for paramedics, this requirement is even more important as they perform procedures such as inserting IVs). You also may be working in small spaces, climbing stairs, or carrying patients.

+ CommunicationIn order to treat patients as quickly as possible, doctors and hospitals will be looking to you to report clearly and concisely on your patients’ conditions, so EMTs must be able to speak clearly.

+ SensoryGood vision and good hearing are very important. Both are required to assess situations, treat patients, and safely transport them back to the hospital.

+ Overall HealthIn addition to being up-to-date on your immunizations, you’ll also be expected to pass a basic physical to show you have no health issues that could prevent you from doing your job. Some companies also screen for drug and alcohol use and most will screen applicants if they find a history of abuse.

The exact physical requirements will vary by state, hospital, or company (colorblindness, for example, might be an issue for some but not for others), so be sure and read the requirements carefully when applying.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR AN EMT?

Ask this of any EMT and the answer will always be the same—there are no typical days. Shift lengths will depend on your employer (some work 12-hour shifts, others 24-hour) and those on-call hours can be unpredictable as you never know what emergency calls will come.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR AN EMT?

Most shifts begin with a rig check—examining all the parts and supplies of the ambulance to make sure everything is in perfect operating condition (the last thing you want is to show up at an emergency and discover your oxygen tank is nearly empty or you’ve run out of bandages).

Like fire fighters, EMTs on the nightshift sometimes sleep at their headquarters, ready to jump into action when a call comes in. During the day, EMTs clean the station, socialize in the recreation room, or study up for additional certification. But when the call comes in, you’re expected to drop everything immediately. When lives are on the line, seconds often make all the difference.

The emergencies themselves range from heart attacks to car accidents to childbirth and much, much more—so many possibilities that it would take far too long to list them all out here. Your job as an EMT is to reach the patient as quickly as possible, stabilize the patient and administer the initial treatment, and be in contact with your ER doctor if a trip to the hospital is required.

So what’s a typical day like for an EMT? Never boring.

WHAT SHIFTS DO EMTs WORK?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most EMTs work full time with at least 40 hours per week. Traditional shifts are either 12-hour or 24-hour, depending on your company’s policies. Overtime is also available at many locations, with 1 in 3 EMTs working more than 40 hours in a week.

Because emergencies can happen at any time, overnight hours and weekends can also be involved.

WHAT SHIFTS TO EMTs WORK?

CAN EMTs TRANSFER TO OTHER STATES?

Exact requirements vary from state to state, but because the certification exam is administered by a national organization (the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians), transferring to a job in another state is typically easy to do if your certification is up-to-date.

If moving to Texas, for example, the state doesn’t require you to take the NREMT exam again if you’re already certified.

There will be applications (and application fees) involved, however, so be sure to research requirements before the move so you don’t run into any surprises.

SHOULD I BECOME AN EMT?

If you’re smart, hard-working, physically capable, and compassionate, then you can become an EMT. Whether you should become an EMT, though, is a question only you can answer. To help with the decision, here’s some advice from EMTs in the field on their experiences with the job.

A comprehensive overview for medical first responders

“You need to enjoy helping people and be emotionally able to handle high stress environments along with the physical demands of the job. The personal rewards far outweigh the stress of this career in my opinion. There is nothing like saving a life our making sometimes day a little bit better through what you do.”Paully B.

“[On a scale of one to ten, this job is] a ten without a doubt,” writes Andy. “One minute I could be helping an older lady with her groceries and the next I’m performing CPR and trying to save someone’s life.” He adds that the best part of his job “has to be the lives that I save. Having the chance to provide the best care they deserve and even trying to put a smile on their face when they are going through their worst moments.”

“No matter the outcome, this will be a rewarding experience in which you will learn a great deal about yourself,” shares EMT Sara Khurshid.

“I’ve been an EMT for over a year now and absolutely love it. It’s great exposure to a part of medicine that you wouldn’t otherwise experience until your 3rd year of med school.” – post from The Student Doctor Network 

“I was a paramedic/firefighter for six years prior to med school, and an EMT-B for two years before that (yes, I’m semi-old). However, I have no doubt that the experience has helped me with med school. First, I truly believe it helped me to get in. Second, I know that it has helped me to have a greater understanding of what we are learning, and to appreciate the “why” behind learning the material. Third, I think that having patient care experience will come in handy when they finally let me onto the wards. Finally, and most importantly, being a paramedic helped me to know without a doubt that being a physician is what I want to do in life.” – Donny

If you can handle the work, like helping people, and can think on your feet, a career as an EMT has a lot going for it. It’s a rapidly growing field (meaning lots of job opportunities), there are plenty of opportunities to advance your healthcare career, and most importantly—you’ll have the ability to change the lives of others for good.

WHERE DO I GO TO BECOME AN EMT?

The NREMT Exam – To find a testing location near you (and to register), visit this page on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians website.

Training – If you’d like to become an EMT in Arizona, you’re eligible for the Unitek EMT 14-Day Bootcamp.

(For those outside Arizona interested in becoming an EMT, simply Google “EMT course near me” to find a program in your area.)

Another Look at Unitek EMT's Continuing Education Courses

Another Look at Continuing Education Courses

Another Look at Unitek EMT's Continuing Education Courses

At Unitek EMT, we have a number of continuing education courses for EMS workers. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a vital field that provides the public with first response treatment. Some EMS professionals take mandatory refresher courses, while others seek out continuing education to enhance their skillset.

Today, allow us to take you on a brief tour of our supplemental courses!

EMT Refresher Continuing Education Course

Taught by seasoned EMS professionals, our Refresher Course meets industry standards and provides participants with the necessary 24 hours of continuing education. It also gives participants the chance to complete a skills verification form for EMT state recertification.

During this rigorous, 3-day course, certified EMS instructors will teach workshop-style classes with various practical components. Check out our stats below for a quick outline of the Refresher Course…

Refresher Stats

+ Duration: 3 days

+ Instructors: All instructors are certified EMS professionals

+ Certification: Provides 24 hours of continuing education credit and opportunity to complete skills verification for EMT state recertification.

Basic Life Support Continuing Education Course

Next up is the Basic Life Support (BLS) Continuing Education Course. This particular course is intended for healthcare personnel who must learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other cardiovascular life support skills. Without a doubt, this knowledge may one day help save a life!

According to the American Heart Association, there are 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year in the United States. Only about 46% of people who experience this type of event get the help they need before EMS personnel arrive. The BLS Course at Unitek EMT strives to combat these statistics by training participants to quickly recognize various emergencies, perform quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

BLS Stats

+ Duration: Approximately 4 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.

+ Instructors: All Instructors are current AHA BLS Certified Instructors.

+ Certification: AHA BLS Course Completion Card is valid for two years.

Course Outline

+ Lesson 1: Course Introduction
+ Lesson 2: 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
+ Lesson 3: AED and Bag-Mask Device
+ Lesson 4: 2-Rescuer Adult BLS
+ Lesson 5: Team Dynamics
+ Lesson 6: High-Performance Teams Activity
+ Lesson 7: Child BLS
+ Lesson 8: Infant BLS
+ Lesson 9: Special Considerations
+ Lesson 10: Adult and Child Choking
+ Lesson 11: Infant Choking
+ Lesson 12: Conclusion
+ Lesson 13: Exam
+ Lesson 14: Adult CPR and AED Skills Test
+ Lesson 15: Infant CPR Skills Test
+ Lesson 16: Remediation

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Continuing Education Course

Our third and final course is not for the faint of heart. In other words, the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Continuing Education Course is true to its name. Healthcare professionals who are looking for an innovative ACLS class might want to consider Unitek EMT. We equip participants with the skills to function as a team to increase chances of survivability in various cases. These include cardiac arrest, acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and stroke events.

ACLS Stats

+ Duration:

  • ACLS Initial Course: Approximately 12 hours (two days)
  • ACLS Update Course: Approximately 6 hours

+ Instructors: All instructors are current ACLS American Heart Association instructors.

+ Certification: ACLS course completion card is valid for two years.

Course Outline

+ Lesson 1: Life Is Why
+ Lesson 2: Science of Resuscitation
+ Lesson 3: Systematic Approach
+ Lesson 4: High Quality BLS
+ Lesson 5: Airway Management
+ Lesson 6: Acute Coronary Syndrome
+ Lesson 7: Acute Ischemic Stroke
+ Lesson 8: Team Dynamics
+ Lesson 9: Megacode
+ Lesson 10: Post Cardiac Care
+ Lesson 11: Intraosseous Access

More About Unitek EMT

At Unitek EMT, we strive to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with EMT training and an accelerated EMT program. Experts in the EMS field educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona. If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458.

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1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

Unitek EMT Delves into the Many Attractions of Chandler

The Many Attractions in Chandler

 

Unitek EMT Delves into the Many Attractions of Chandler

Unitek EMT seeks to provide Arizona residents with an alternative route for their EMT educational needs. Through a combination of expert lectures, hands-on exercises, and clinical simulations, aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians can gain the knowledge and skills they’ll need at our Arizona facility!

In one of our previous blog posts, we delved into some of Chandler’s famous attractions. Today, we’re going to deliver the second part of that post! Join us for a little return trip to Chandler, Arizona…

Places to Visit in Chandler

In general, there are numerous places in Chandler that can provide you with family fun, cultural experiences, and beautiful outdoor views. Whether you’re planning to visit the area or you’d like some ideas while on a break from EMT training, the city of Chandler has quite a few options for all kinds of interests!

Thanks to a helpful website called The Crazy Tourist, we’ve compiled another list of suggestions for some of Chandler’s renowned attractions:

+ The Chandler Museum: If you’d like to learn more about the city of Chandler, The Crazy Tourist recommends the Chandler Museum! Formerly known as  the Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife, the museum is “home to an absorbing collection of photos and other memorabilia depicting family histories from the Chandler area and the historic McCullough-Price House (now on the National Register of Historic Places).”

Not only is it free to enter, but the museum provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about Chandler’s culture, people, and history.

+ San Tan Mountain Regional Park: This regional park is actually located just outside of Chandler, in the town of Queen Creek, Arizona. However, it’s only a 45-minute drive from Unitek’s Chandler facility! If you love the great outdoors, then the San Tan Mountain Regional Park might be the perfect destination for you. There are various trails for beginner or advanced hikers, and the park’s website maintains a list of upcoming events.

+ Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park: According to The Crazy Tourist, “if you’re looking to have a fun time watching road racing in a quarter mile dragstrip, this motorsports park will tick all the boxes!” A multi-track facility, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park features a quarter-mile strip, an off-road track, and much more.

+ Jumpstreet Trampolines: Looking for some family fun during your visit to Chandler? Jumpstreet is an indoor trampoline park that functions as an entertaining center for kids of all ages. The Crazy Tourist noted the following about it: “When you want a jump break, you can enjoy a game of dodge ball or two. There is also a separate area for the younger kids to bounce around.” Without a doubt, Jumpstreet is a great place for the family to work off some energy!

+ Burst Of Butterflies Pottery Painting & Art Studio: At this particular studio, you and your family can partake in a day of fun creativity. Located in historic downtown Chandler, Burst of Butterflies offers a multitude of activities, such as canvas painting, pottery painting, and glass painting. Various classes and events are also offered, including a class that teaches the art of glass fusing!

+ Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center: More family fun can be had at this fantastic center. According to The Crazy Tourist, there is a competition lap pool, two water slides, a lazy river, a “752 gallon ‘Big Blue Bucket,’ toddler slides, and a family play pool with zero-depth entry.” The center also provides guests with a family dressing room and plenty of artificial grass for those who would rather sunbathe.

+ ImprovMANIA: Every Friday and Saturday night, you’ll find two comedy shows at ImprovMANIA. The first show starts at 7:00 pm and is family friendly, whereas the 9:00 pm show is for more mature audiences. Each show lasts for about an hour, and the comedians will often use audience participation. If you need a laugh and you like fast-paced comedy, we recommend that you check out ImprovMANIA!

A Brief Overview of Unitek EMT

For the past 12 years, Unitek has provided aspiring EMTs with the training they need to succeed. Our boot camp* and state-of-the-art courses equip graduates with the current theory and technique for first-response treatment of patients. Taught by seasoned EMS professionals, the classes at Unitek EMT include realistic simulations, hands-on training, and one-on-one instruction to ensure students master the skills they’ll need to save lives.

For more information about the Arizona EMT program, please visit our website and explore all that we have to offer: https://www.unitekemt.com/emt-programs/boot-camp/arizona.

 

 

 

* Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ is taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. 

Unitek EMT Announces Two New Program Directors

Unitek Learning has promoted two outstanding professionals to EMT program director for their California and Arizona locations

Unitek EMT is thrilled to welcome Marcus Bond and Jessica Gonzalez as the new directors of their EMT program. Recently, the program has embarked on a transformative expansion to Chandler, Arizona. Based in Northern California, Unitek also seeks to provide Arizona residents with an exceptional alternative for their EMT training needs.

During this trailblazing expansion, two roles emerged that needed to be filled by top-notch, quality professionals. Unitek is excited to announce that Marcus Bond will become the Program Director for Unitek EMT in California, and Jessica Gonzalez will become the Program Director for Unitek EMT in Arizona. Aspiring emergency medical technicians will now have the opportunity to learn from these seasoned EMS experts.

About the New EMT Directors

Marcus, a San Jose native, currently lives in Lake County with his wife and four-year-old child. Previously, he has held positions with the Sonoma County Volunteer Fire Department. He has also worked as an EMT at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and as a paramedic at Kelseyville Fire Protection District. Most recently, Marcus has worked as a paramedic field training officer. In this role, he implemented an efficient training regimen for new policies and techniques. Additionally, he has led ambulance strike teams during local disasters. In 2018, Marcus joined Unitek EMT to assist with their expansion and fill the critical role of program director.

Jessica, an Arizona native, is a married mother of five. She obtained her EMT certification at Central Arizona College in 2006. Her 12-year EMS career includes providing care on a rural area 911 ambulance and through a Level-1 pediatric trauma center. Jessica has also developed CPR and First Aid training programs in rural communities around the state of Arizona. In 2013, she obtained her EMT instructor certification and began a fulfilling career in EMS education. Earlier this year, Jessica joined Unitek EMT during their expansion to Arizona. Not only has she helped establish the new program, but she will assume the pivotal role of program director.

“We are thrilled to have these two experienced professionals leading our EMT teams,” said David Higley, Chief Marketing Officer at Unitek Learning, the parent company of Unitek EMT. “Together, Marcus and Jessica will spearhead a new year of growth and opportunity for Unitek EMT. Our team cares greatly about providing the best education possible and preparing the next generation of EMTs.”

Overview of Unitek EMT

For the past 12 years, Unitek EMT has provided aspiring emergency medical technicians with the training they needed to succeed. State-of-the-art courses and boot camps equip graduates with the latest theory and technique for first-response treatment of patients. Taught by seasoned EMS professionals, the classes at Unitek EMT include real-world implementations, hands-on training, and one-on-one instruction to ensure students master the skills they’ll need to save lives.

Unitek EMT Expands to Chandler and Now Offers EMT Training in Arizona

Unitek EMT’s Exciting Expansion

If you’ve been searching for EMT schools in Arizona, we have some great news for you—Unitek EMT has expanded to the city of Chandler! Located southeast of Phoenix, Arizona, Chandler is a city dotted with numerous parks, museums, hotels, and restaurants. With varied settings amid gorgeous desert sunsets, Chandler offers a range of attractions to residents and visitors alike.

We seek to provide Arizona residents with an alternative route for their EMT educational needs. Aspiring emergency medical technicians will now have the opportunity to attend Unitek’s Chandler facility and enroll in our accelerated EMT program.

Today, we’d like to tell you a little more about our Arizona location as well as the city of Chandler. Go on a quick virtual tour with us!

Unitek EMT Expands to Chandler and Now Offers EMT Training in Arizona

About Unitek’s Chandler Facility

Picture a flat, open area filled with stately office buildings. The natural beauty of the desert shines through the pink-beige hues of the buildings and the windows that cast a teal glow in direct sunlight. A sea of cacti and native rocks compliment the large, sprawling space, and slender palm trees add dimension to the landscape.

Through a set of glass doors at 585 North Juniper Drive, you’ll find glimmering marble floors and other stylistic touches. Once you locate our suite within the building, you’ll be buzzed inside and greeted by a member of our friendly staff. In time, you’ll see various posters bearing Unitek’s name. You’ll also come across a lavish kitchen with a fridge and a vending machine. This open space not only acts as a lounge for students, but it’s also how we provide complimentary lunches and dinners.

Within our EMT classroom, you’ll find desks, a projector, and a partition in the middle of the room. Gurneys and stocked EMS bags lie on the other side of the partition. Additionally, in a room behind this classroom, students utilize three skills laboratories: the medical lab, the trauma lab, and the equipment lab.

The medical and trauma areas allow students to engage in simulation training while the third area houses larger medical equipment. Each class is split into three squads, allowing them to rotate and partake in these activities at different times. At Unitek EMT, we’re firm believers in workshop-style classes.

It should be noted that a fabulous hotel is located within a mile of our Chandler facility. Students can rent a room at the Staybridge Suites while they attend our 140-hour program. At Staybridge Suites, some rooms provide guests with a private kitchen, a living room, and a large bath tub. Hotel highlights include a complimentary breakfast buffet and an on-site fitness center!

About the City of Chandler

Chandler has a wonderful downtown area that’s only a 10-minute drive from Unitek. It features various restaurants and shopping destinations. In fact, there are numerous places in Chandler that can provide you with family fun, art and cultural experiences, and gorgeous outdoor views.

Through a helpful website called The Crazy Tourist, we’ve compiled a list of their suggestions for some of Chandler’s best attractions:

+ Koli Equestrian Center: The Crazy Tourist called this center the “perfect excursion for everyone from beginners to seasoned riders.” Horseback riding fans will find miles of picturesque scenery and several riding trails to satisfy their desire for the great outdoors.

+ Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse: If you dig the Wild West, you and your family might want to visit this replica frontier town. It encompasses more than 160 acres of beautiful Sonoran Desert and includes a shooting gallery, a steakhouse, and other western activities.

+ Desert Breeze Park: This park provides some great opportunities for family fun! Kids might love a train ride around the park, a lake stocked with fish, or a sea of ducks. There’s also a splash pad and shaded picnic areas, not to mention several baseball fields, tennis courts, and bike trails.

+ Chandler Center for the Arts: The center is known for a variety of performances, such as plays, ballet features, comedy shows, and much more. According to The Crazy Tourist, this venue provides fantastic acoustics and great seating for its guests.

+ Chandler Fashion Center: One of the largest malls in the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Chandler Fashion Center hosts a variety of shops, restaurants, and beauty salons. With its tile floor and cool temperatures, the center can be a welcome break from the Arizona heat.

+ Sweeties Candy of Arizona: Take a nostalgic trip down candy lane at Sweeties Candy of Arizona. Not only will you find aisles filled to the brim with nostalgic candies, but you’ll also find up-to-date treats as well as the delicious classics.

About Unitek EMT

For the past 12 years, Unitek has provided aspiring EMTs with the training they need to succeed. Our boot camp* and state-of-the-art courses equip graduates with the current theory and technique for first-response treatment of patients. Taught by seasoned EMS professionals, the classes at Unitek EMT include realistic simulations, hands-on training, and one-on-one instruction to ensure students master the skills they’ll need to save lives.

For more information about the Arizona EMT program, please visit our website and explore all we have to offer: https://www.unitekemt.com/emt-programs/boot-camp/arizona.

 

 

 

* Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ is taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. 

Unitek EMT Announces Their Expansion to Arizona

Unitek EMT Training Now Offered in Arizona

One of the Nation’s Finest EMT Training Programs Now Offered In Chandler, Arizona

Unitek EMT has expanded their popular Emergency Medical Technician training program into Chandler, Arizona. Based in California, Unitek seeks to provide Arizona residents with an accelerated and robust option for their EMT training. Currently, Unitek is accepting students for boot camps scheduled to start in October at their Chandler campus.

In Arizona, the Unitek EMT program features a 14-day boot camp with applied training, hands-on exercises, and clinical simulations. Students will receive efficient and comprehensive EMT training through this 140-hour program. The 10 hours of boot camp style instruction per day for 14 consecutive days is designed to simulate the intense pace of work that can be expected on the job as an EMT.

The program also includes NREMT passing assistance. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) administers the cognitive certification exam that graduates must take in order to become nationally certified EMTs. At a student’s request, Unitek will provide assistance in passing this milestone exam.

The Importance of Emergency Medical Technicians

“Due to the vital service that first responders provide, there is great demand for well-trained EMTs across the country,” said David Higley, Chief Marketing Officer at Unitek Learning, the parent company of Unitek EMT. “Our new Chandler campus will serve the entire Maricopa County area.” With almost 5 million people, Maricopa is the fourth most populous county in the U.S., and it was the fastest-growing county in 2017. Last year, the average salary for EMTs and paramedics in Arizona was $38,330 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which makes Arizona one of the nation’s top ten highest-paying states for EMTs and paramedics.

To make their graduates more marketable, Unitek offers psychomotor skills training that meets the requirements of various EMS and public safety agencies. They currently provide successful graduates with a Program Completion Certificate. Through the Arizona EMT program, Unitek seeks to promote student excellence, strengthen support for workforce development, and help fill the need for EMS professionals in the United States.

“We are thrilled to announce this transformative expansion,” said David Higley. “It has been a year of growth and opportunity for Unitek EMT, and we look forward to extending our reach in Arizona. At Unitek, we are dedicated to educating the next generation of emergency medical technicians.”

More About Unitek EMT

For the past 12 years, Unitek has provided aspiring EMTs with the training they need to succeed. Their state-of-the-art courses and boot camps equip graduates with the current theory and technique for first-response treatment of patients. Taught by seasoned EMS professionals, the classes at Unitek EMT include realistic simulations, hands-on training, and one-on-one instruction to ensure students master the skills they’ll need to save lives.

Unitek EMT: Expanded Online Hybrid

At Unitek EMT, we strive to prepare our students for a career in emergency medical services (EMS). Veteran EMS professionals impart critical knowledge and skills through a combination of expert lectures, simulation training, and workshop-style classes. To gain as much experience as possible, students will also partake in a clinical rotation. These either take place with local ambulance providers or in emergency-room settings.

We believe these real-world experiences greatly benefit our students and influence their success. If you’ve been searching for Emergency Medical Technician training, we offer an EMT program with two different formats to better accommodate our students: the 14-Day Boot Camp* and the Expanded Online Hybrid.

The 14-Day Boot Camp*

This format includes an intensive Boot Camp that will prepare students for work in the field. As stated above, students will receive professional instruction, active training, and clinical rotations. To give you a better idea of what the Boot Camp entails, we’ve included the below schedule:

+ DAY 1—Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues; Patient Assessment; Vital Signs; Essentials of Communication; EMS Safety; and Clinical Documentation

+ DAY 2—Airway Management; Respiratory Emergencies; BLS Resuscitation; and Cardiovascular Emergencies

+ DAY 3—BLS Emergencies; Medical Assessments; Gastrointestinal and Urologic Emergencies; and Endocrine and Hematologic Emergencies

+ DAY 4—Immunologic Emergencies; Neurological Emergencies; Psychiatric Emergencies; and Shock

+ DAY 5—Trauma Overview; Bleeding; Soft Tissue Injuries; Face and Neck Injuries; and Head and Spine Injuries

+ DAY 6—Chest Injuries; Abdomen and Genitourinary Injuries; and Orthopedic Injuries and Environmental Emergencies

+ DAY 7—Auto Extrication and Trauma

+ DAY 8—Medical Overview

+ DAY 9—Clinical Experience

+ DAY 10—Clinical Experience

+ DAY 11—Clinical Experience

+ DAY 12—Obstetrics & Neonatal Care; Pediatric Emergencies; Geriatric Emergencies; Terrorism Response and Disaster Management; and Tactical Casualty Care

+ DAY 13—Terrorism Response and Disaster Management; Tactical Casualty Care; and START Triage

+ DAY 14—NREMT Psychomotor Testing

There is also an online component within the EMT program. This online portion covers about 50+ hours of didactic EMT coursework, with 24 of those hours being incident management related course material. It’s important to note that this online component must be completed prior to graduation.

The Expanded Online Hybrid

For those who have limited schedules or prefer to learn at their own pace, Unitek offers another version of the EMT program: the Expanded Online Hybrid. If you’ve been searching for online EMT training, this efficient alternative will provide you with online coursework and skills instruction. This version of the program is intended for students with prior medical training and/or experience. All applicants must interview with the EMT Program Director to receive approval to enroll in the Expanded Online Hybrid.

The online coursework features material from the latest version of our textbook. It consists of audio reviews, knowledge checks, homework, online discussions, and self-paced presentations. Toward the end of the program, students must report to Fremont, California for 4 days of intensive training. This is because they need to demonstrate and achieve proficiency in various EMT skills. After this 4-day period, students will then partake in a 3-day clinical rotation before they complete the Psychomotor Examination.

Established by EMS experts, this Expanded Online Hybrid supplies students with the latest theory and technique for first responders. The ultimate goal of Unitek EMT is to prepare students for the National Registry exam (NREMT) and ensure their future success as Emergency Medical Technicians.

*The EMT Boot Camp is the portion of the EMT program that includes intensive on-campus education, daily lectures, and hands-on skills. This version of the EMT program also includes a 50+ hour online portion that must be completed prior to graduation.

Unitek EMT: FAQ Faculty Series

More often than not, an emphasis is placed on programs, students, and benefits. These are all equally important facets to consider when looking at a school. At Unitek EMT, we would also like to take a closer look at our faculty. Not only are they instrumental to our success, but they play a vital role in shaping future EMTs and the field of EMS.

We recently spoke with Chris Seymour, the inspirational Program Director at Unitek EMT. He tirelessly works to educate and uplift the EMTs of tomorrow. Read on with us, and learn a little more about the man behind the program!

 

 

  1. Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do at Unitek EMT?

A: I am the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator for the Unitek EMT program. I oversee all aspects of the program, including quizzes, lecture format, skills, and the syllabus. Additionally, I am also the lead instructor for the program and deliver many of the lectures.

  1. Q: What is your day-to-day life like at Unitek EMT?

A: Busy, but so much fun! I usually get to work at 6:30 a.m. to setup and organize the classroom for the day’s activities. Lecture begins promptly at 8:00 a.m., where I focus the first portion of the day on a review for the previous day’s studies. I always try to make sure that students can not only apply the concepts they’ve learned but also retain the information.

After that, we engage students in a variety of activities, such as group work, presentations, workshops, study groups, and lectures. We break these sessions up as often as we can to keep the students motivated and engaged in participant learning. Throughout the program, we utilize a lecture and skills format so students can practice what we have just lectured on. As a teacher, I like to cater to all learning styles—I want my students to read it, hear it, and then demonstrate practical applications of what they’ve learned.

At 8:00 p.m. in the evening, it’s time to call it a day.

  1. Q: How long have you been with the company? What made you choose Unitek?

A: I was hired as the Program Director about a year ago. Unitek is very unique, and its accelerated programs are completely immersive. I want my students to learn to serve their community, gain a valuable life skill, and become leaders in the Emergency Medical Services industry. I believe our program gives them all of these things. By having an accelerated program, I get the unique opportunity to teach hundreds of students per year. The unique nature of our program allows students to come to class, get an amazing educational experience, and then pursue a career as an EMT.

  1. Q: Has your role changed since you’ve been here?

A: My role hasn’t changed. I still love to teach, but I am actively searching for ways to expand our program and explore other avenues. EMT is a science-based field, and since science and technology are ever-changing, our program must also continuously evolve. We have a lot of exciting new ideas on the horizon, and as Program Director, I can’t wait to move them from the theoretical to the real world.

  1. Q: What did you do before this?

A: I have been a Paramedic for almost twenty years. I’ve worked all over, doing everything from working for the County Public Health Department, supervising a 911 system, arranging high-profile events for VIP clientele, serving as an Executive Protection Specialist, and working as a 911 medic. Most recently, I was the Vice President of one of the largest-growing ambulance companies in California. Because of our explosive success, we explored new and creative ways to reinvent the ambulance business.

My idea was to build a school, and as I founded a post-secondary school of education, I realized someone would have to teach. So, I took it upon myself to become a National EMS Educator and began teaching part time. I soon found that this was my true passion. I enjoyed teaching so much that I decided to leave the ambulance business and pursue teaching full time. Unitek is a great place, it allows me to teach almost every day, it challenges me in fun and unique ways, and the staff that I work with is amazing.

  1. Q: To date, what professional achievement are you most proud of?

A: I am proud to have achieved my Master’s Degree. I would have never been able to receive a college education if it wasn’t for EMS. My family didn’t have a lot of money to send me to college, so I paid my own way while working full time as a Paramedic.  Having a career in EMS has afforded me so many unique opportunities. It has been good to me, which is why I’d like to pay it forward.

  1. Q: What do you like to do outside of work?

A: Sleep…just kidding! My duties at Unitek keep me very busy, as I typically teach six days a week. However, when I’m not a Unitek, I like to do a variety of things. My absolute favorite thing is being a husband and a father.

  1. Q: If you had to pick just one thing, what would you say is your favorite part about working at Unitek EMT?

A: It’s hard for me to choose a favorite part about working here. My coworkers are amazing, the facilities and equipment are great. If I had to choose just one thing, I would pick my students. I love seeing the “lightbulb” come on and watching the students master new concepts. Though we start with a room full of strangers, our students quickly become friends, colleagues, and teammates.

My favorite part of the day, is when I check my email and read a message from a recent graduate, who tells me they have passed the National Registry, or they just got hired as an EMT, and they are thankful for what they learned in our program. I’m very proud of all my students, and I feel honored to have helped them in their pursuits.

  1. Q: Where do you see this company in the next few years? What gets you most excited about the company’s future?

A: We have a lot of new plans for the program. I’ve been in EMS my entire adult life; I see the challenges on the horizon, and I am familiar with what our industry needs in order to overcome the unique challenges that will arise. I expect our program to grow and meet these challenges, which will fill the needs of those who seek to improve the wellbeing of others through their actions. What gets me excited about the future are the seemingly endless possibilities. As for where we go next…well, you’ll just have to see.

  1. Q: If there was one thing you could tell people about the EMT program, what would that be?

A: There are EMT schools everywhere. I know them—I have helped build some of them—and I know the professors that teach at them. While they are all good schools, Unitek’s EMT program is unlike anything you have seen before. Our lessons transcend the classroom; we bridge the gap between theory and application seamlessly. Our program focuses on science, how you apply your knowledge of science, and how to use what you have learned to overcome unique challenges as a team to help those in need. I expect a lot from my students and, in return, our team gives them everything we can to make them successful.

Unitek EMT: A Day in the Life of a Student

Ever wondered what life is like for students at Unitek EMT? If you’ve found yourself searching for the phrase “EMT training bay area,” we’d like to give you an inside look at our EMT program. Let’s start with visualizing the setting; our Fremont Campus is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. The city of Fremont is known for its coastal weather, mountainous views, and sunny skies, making it a hotspot for various outdoor activities.

Our campus has easy access to public transportation, and it’s conveniently situated near several freeways. The primary facility contains one large classroom, a student lounge, and several administrative spaces. During the course of the EMT program, students walk through our lobby on a daily basis (it’s located inside a circular glass dome!) Once past the lobby, the first place they head toward is room #140. It is marked with a sign that proudly says, “Unitek EMT Training.”

Normal business hours tend to run from 8 am to 5 pm, though these times often vary for Emergency Medical Technician training. Specific class schedules can vary for other departments as well, which is why we’re also going to take a closer look at several of our continuing education courses. Before we do so, let’s switch back to the EMT program. It consists of two components: an online portion and a 14-Day Boot Camp.

The online portion must be completed before graduation, and it includes about 50+ hours of EMT coursework. During the Boot Camp, students can expect to see about 50% hands on training and 50% conceptual learning. Not only will they have the opportunity to work with medical mannequins, but they will also utilize CPR devices, firefighter turnout gear, stocked EMS bags, and more.

Check out our online coursework below as well as topics featured in our workshop-style classes. For the Boot Camp, we thought you might find it helpful to see a day-by-day breakdown:

The EMT Program

Online Component

EMS Systems; A Team Approach to Healthcare; Workforce Safety & Wellness; Communications and Documentation; Medical Terminology; the Human Body; Life Span Development; Principals of Pharmacology; Lifting & Moving Patients; Patients with Special Challenges; Transport Operations; and Incident Management

Boot Camp

+ DAY 1—Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues; Patient Assessment; Vital Signs; Essentials of Communication; EMS Safety; and Clinical Documentation

+ DAY 2—Airway Management; Respiratory Emergencies; BLS Resuscitation; and Cardiovascular Emergencies

+ DAY 3—BLS Emergencies; Medical Assessments; Gastrointestinal and Urologic Emergencies; and Endocrine and Hematologic Emergencies

+ DAY 4—Immunologic Emergencies; Neurological Emergencies; Psychiatric Emergencies; and Shock

+ DAY 5—Trauma Overview; Bleeding; Soft Tissue Injuries; Face and Neck Injuries; and Head and Spine Injuries

+ DAY 6—Chest Injuries; Abdomen and Genitourinary Injuries; and Orthopedic Injuries and Environmental Emergencies

+ DAY 7—Auto Extrication and Trauma

+ DAY 8—Medical Overview

+ DAY 9—Clinical Experience

+ DAY 10—Clinical Experience

+ DAY 11—Clinical Experience

+ DAY 12—Obstetrics & Neonatal Care; Pediatric Emergencies; Geriatric Emergencies; Terrorism Response and Disaster Management; and Tactical Casualty Care

+ DAY 13—Terrorism Response and Disaster Management; Tactical Casualty Care; and START Triage

+ DAY 14—NREMT Psychomotor Testing

Of course, Unitek EMT encourages students to take designated breaks during the course schedule. Don’t let the topics you see here intimidate you, though—most things can seem daunting at first, but think of how rewarding it will feel once these topics become second nature to you. Additionally, our staff firmly believes in supporting and assisting students as much as possible.

The EMT Refresher Course

If you’re enrolled in one of our continuing education courses, they can typically be completed in a single day or a matter of days. For instance, the EMT Refresher course is a continuing education course that includes 24 hours of education. We’ve broken it down to the following topics and the hours required for each topic:

+ Preparatory: 1 hour

+ Airway: 2 hours

+ OB, Infants, and Children: 2 hours

+ Patient Assessment: 3 hours

+ Medical/Behavior: 4 hours

+ Trauma: 4 hours

+ Elective: 8 hours

Total: 24 hours

The BLS Course

The Basic Life Support class is another continuing education course offered at Unitek EMT. Incredibly enough, all of the below lessons can be completed in as little as 4 hours.

Lesson 1: Course Introduction
Lesson 2: 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
Lesson 3: AED and Bag-Mask Device
Lesson 4: 2-Rescuer Adult BLS
Lesson 5: Team Dynamics
Lesson 6: High-Performance Teams Activity
Lesson 7: Child BLS
Lesson 8: Infant BLS
Lesson 9: Special Considerations
Lesson 10: Adult and Child Choking
Lesson 11: Infant Choking
Lesson 12: Conclusion
Lesson 13: Exam
Lesson 14: Adult CPR and AED Skills Test
Lesson 15: Infant CPR Skills Test
Lesson 16: Remediation

Our other continuing education courses can be found here.

Have you been searching for accelerated EMT courses, or online EMT training? If you’re in the Bay Area, look no further than Unitek EMT!

Unitek EMT: Basic Life Support Continuing Education Course

The benefits of Basic Life Support training are nothing short of incredible. When a person undergoes cardiac arrest, survival hinges on receiving immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander. More often than not, the nearest person is an individual without any medical expertise, such as a spouse, a family member, or a coworker.

According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests do not survive.1 If CPR is performed—particularly in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest—a person’s chances of survival can double or even triple. Without a doubt, time is of the essence when it comes to cardiac arrest.

In addition, cardiac arrest victims that receive bystander CPR may have a higher quality of life down the road. During one particular study, researchers analyzed at least 8,000 people who experienced cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. Only 4% of these victims survived one year after their cardiac arrest. Researcher Ian Stiell, MD, chair of emergency health research at the Ottawa Health Research Institute in Ontario, Canada, stated that the study’s results supported CPR as not only a tool of survival but one that improves quality of life.2

You might be a parent, a spouse, or a sibling that would like to learn how to perform CPR. Perhaps you’re interested in a healthcare profession that requires CPR, and you’d like to add this life-saving skill to your resume. Either way, CPR BLS training will help prepare you for various scenarios. In fact, one day, these skills could mean the difference between life and death.

Basic Life Support Continuing Education Course

At Unitek EMT, we offer a BLS course that is intended for healthcare professionals and other personnel that need to learn how to perform CPR as well as other cardiovascular life support skills. This CPR BLS course has been primarily designed for healthcare providers, as it’s an advanced and comprehensive type of CPR course that is the standard for most medical professions.

In the United States, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur on a yearly basis. Unfortunately, less than half of those people—about 46% of them—receive the life-saving measures they need before professional help arrives.1 Our BLS Course trains participants to quickly recognize various life-threatening emergencies, administer high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The duration of the course is approximately 4-5 hours, and that includes both skills practice and skills testing. Additionally, all of our instructors are currently AHA BLS certified instructors. Those who successfully complete the course will receive an AHA BLS course completion card that is valid for two years from the date of completion.

Unitek EMT’s BLS Course Outline

+ Lesson 1: Course Introduction
+ Lesson 2: 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
+ Lesson 3: AED and Bag-Mask Device
+ Lesson 4: 2-Rescuer Adult BLS
+ Lesson 5: Team Dynamics
+ Lesson 6: High-Performance Teams Activity
+ Lesson 7: Child BLS
+ Lesson 8: Infant BLS
+ Lesson 9: Special Considerations
+ Lesson 10: Adult and Child Choking
+ Lesson 11: Infant Choking
+ Lesson 12: Conclusion
+ Lesson 13: Exam
+ Lesson 14: Adult CPR and AED Skills Test
+ Lesson 15: Infant CPR Skills Test
+ Lesson 16: Remediation

If you’re interested in Basic Life Support training, we hope you’ll consider our continuing education course at Unitek EMT. We also maintain several other continuing education courses, such as an EMT Refresher in California and Arizona.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 888-790-1458.

 

1 http://cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/CPRAndECC/AboutCPRFirstAid/CPRFactsAndStats/UCM_475748_CPR-Facts-and-Stats.jsp
2 https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20031006/benefits-cpr  & 
http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/108/16/1939