Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) Information

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For program inquires contact
a PSC Admissions Specialist
at (850)484-1600 or
healthprograms@pensacolastate.edu

Department Head
Ms. Susan Perankovich
(850) 484-2254
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Introduction to the Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) Program

The program is designed to provide an opportunity for persons interested in pre-hospital emergency care to become skilled in basic emergency care to save lives and reduce injury. The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of EMS, has approved Pensacola State College as a training center for EMT and Paramedic programs.

Graduates are eligible to take the State and National EMT Certification examination. Health Program applications are available from the Admissions Specialist, Health Programs Office on the Warrington Campus or on this page under Documents & Links.

All application requirements must be completed by the established deadlines before a student will be considered eligible for admission to this program. Background and drug screen must be completed by the established deadlines.

Minimum requirements for eligibility to the program include high school diploma or GED, satisfactory scores on Accuplacer CPT and a current CPR card from one of the following:

  • American Heart Association BLS provider
  • American Red Cross Professional Rescuer
  • American Safety and Health Institute CPR Pro

Admission is competitive among eligible applicants. Applicants who have submitted the application packet and met the minimum criteria for entrance into the program will be placed in the class according to when the applicant’s completed packet is received. All classes are limited to 24 students. Once the current class is filled, the applicants will be placed in the next available class. Final admission to the program is contingent upon submission of satisfactory physical examination/immunization forms.

Is This For You?

People who prefer this career like to work as a team member and can physically and mentally cope with high levels of stress.

Student Performance Standards

Students must possess sufficient physical, motor, intellectual, emotional and social/communication skills to provide for patient care and safety, and the utilization of equipment. Performance standards for Emergency Medical Services students (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic and Paramedic) are based on information from the United States Department of Transportation Job Task Analysis.

Physical Demands

Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, lift, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds. Motor coordination is necessary because over uneven terrain, the patient’s, the Paramedic’s, and other workers’ well being must not be jeopardized.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking sufficient for emergency medical judgment:; Independent judgments in a physician’s absence; Determine treatment priorities; Make quick decisions.

Interpersonal

Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds: Life and death situations; Family stress of patients illness; Peer stress from critical incident; Cultural diversity in reactions to illness or injury.

Communication

Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form: Radio report of patient condition; Comprehensive written reports of patient condition and treatment; Verbal report to other health care providers.

Mobility

Physical abilities sufficient to climb, stoop, crouch, kneel, lift 150 lbs., drag, crawl, balance, reach, push, carry, bend, walk, run, shuffle: Work in natural and manmade disasters; Move patients from incident to safety.

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities, finger dexterity, vision and finger and hand movements sufficient to provide safe and efficient emergency care: Tie a knot, bandage; Initiate IVs, Give injections; Pick up small objects; Write with a pen. Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs; Auscultate breath sounds, heart tones.

Visual

Visual ability sufficient to work in dark or dimly lit, bright light and have spatial aptitude and form perception and color discrimination: Reading and writing reports; Visualize mechanism of injury in relation to patient’s condition; Describe size and shape of wound; Describe patient’s skin color; Determine fine detail in EKG rhythms.
Tactile

Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment: Perform palpation. See motor skills.

Environmental

Ability to provide patient care in a variety of locations and conditions: Deliver patient care in all weather conditions, in water, mud, roadways, fields, buildings, high and low elevations, in hot or cold air temperatures.

Beyond Graduation . . .

The program is designed to provide an opportunity for persons interested in pre-hospital emergency care to become skilled in basic emergency care to save lives and reduce injury. The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of EMS, has approved Pensacola State College as a training center for EMT and paramedic. Graduates are eligible to take the National and State EMT Certification examination. Health Program applications are available from the Admissions Specialist, Health Programs Office on the Warrington Campus.

Related Career Opportunities

Primary Employers

Graduates from the Emergency Medical Technician program work for hospitals, private ambulance services, and municipal fire, police, or rescue squad departments.

Occupations

Emergency Medical Technicians
Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Health Specialties Teacher, Postsecondary

Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine

 



Employment Trends

For more information regarding first-year earnings for degree completers and student debt accumulation download or view the Economic Security Report of Employment and Earning Outcomes Click Here, published by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Escambia/Santa Rosa Counties
Occupation
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
2015 Cur. Openings
431
2023 Prj. Openings
503
Est. Annual Openings
20.5
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$31,285.74
Okaloosa / Walton Counties
Occupation
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
2015 Cur. Openings
112
2023 Prj. Openings
122
Est. Annual Openings
4.3
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$26,259.16
All Florida Counties
Occupation
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
2015 Cur. Openings
10259
2023 Prj. Openings
12102
Est. Annual Openings
503.6
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$31,077.17


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