CHESTER – As first responders, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) must always be ready to jump into action. They must be knowledgeable, quick-thinking, logical, composed, compassionate, and, when the situation arises, innovative to ensure their patients get the best care possible. With each workday comes the possibility of new challenges. No two situations are the same, because no two patients are the same.
Recognizing the community’s need for highly skilled paramedics and EMTs, John Tyler Community College developed an award-winning EMS program that goes beyond textbooks and lectures by integrating advanced simulation into the learning environment. Through Tyler’s program, students learn proper techniques and protocols; research current practices; develop optimal treatment plans; and discuss case studies. They also are encouraged to look for creative solutions to unexpected problems. Instruction is delivered through a conceptual approach, so memorization is not enough. Students must also learn how to rapidly evaluate a situation, reason through possible approaches, and decide the best steps for patient care.
A program application packet, which may be used for all certification levels, can be downloaded at www.jtcc.edu/EMS.