Starting in January of 2019, SWCC, along with support from Clarke County Hospital, will be offering classes for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). With the success of last year’s Emergency Medical Responder training, and with ever-increasing demand, the new EMT program will be open to anyone who qualifies and will be held at the Osceola, IA SWCC campus.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the demand for EMTs in Iowa will continue to increase by more than 15% through 2026.
Iowa and much of the Midwest are continuing to feel the pinch for trained EMTs. With these shortages along with increased demand, rural Iowa emergency service providers often have to prioritize calls or juggle services if a trained EMT is unavailable. Many EMTs serving now continue to volunteer for double shifts or extra calls simply to assure services continue uninterrupted.
“With the success of last year’s EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) course,” said Megan England, Coordinator of Emergency Medical Related (EMS) Training Programs for SWCC, “And with requests from local fire stations and current technicians, adding an EMT course just makes sense.”
The EMT course is open to all who qualify. Requirements for the EMT class include:
- Applicants must be 17 years of age or older
- Applicants must have the ability to speak, read, and write English
- Applicants must pass a criminal background check
- Applicants must have documentation of a physical exam (prior to clinical / field phase of the program)
Additional requirements apply and can be seen in the flyer to the right. Simply click this link or the flyer image to the right to download a printable PDF.
Preregistration is required and must be completed by Thursday, January 17th, 2019. Online registration and payment are available through SWCC Adult and Continuing Education. You can click the following link to start your application process: https://ace.swcciowa.edu
The EMT Program is GAP Tuition Assistance approved and applicants can apply through the following link: https://www.swcciowa.edu/GAP
If you have questions or are in need of additional information, please contact the Adult and Continuing Education offices at SWCC by calling 641-782-1441 or 800-247-4023 ext. 441. You can also email adulted-SBDC@swcciowa.edu.
This article was first published on http://clarkecountylife.com.