Fall 2018 Hybrid EMR to EMT Bridge Course Application
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Hybrid Courses: Our hybrid courses allow for students to complete all "book work" online on their own schedule and come in for just skills sessions to learn specific skills and how to "put it all together." This format works very well for individuals who do not have the time to sit in class for an excessive amount of time and/or can learn material in a self-learn format. It is not designed for individuals who need the traditional classroom format of an instructor lecturing, although we do have tools to help that type of learner as well.
Course: ETA is offering the following Hybrid EMR to EMT Course:
EMR to EMT Course - Weekend Skills Sessions
Orientation Sessions: July 5, 2018, August 2, 2018 OR September 6, 2018 (5:00-6:00pm) - or make special arrangements
In Class Skills Sessions: Saturday/Sunday November 3/4 and 10/11, 2018 - 8:30a to 5:30p
Class Location: *
210 Manor Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335
Note: We are currently in the process of moving into a full-time facility at 59 N. Bailey Road, Thorndale PA 19372. It is expected this move will be finalized by May 1st.
Pending approval by the Pa Bureau of EMS, all classes after June 15th, including all summer in-class skills sessions, will take place at the new facility.
This facility is located only 2 blocks from the Thorndale train station.
Note: All online coursework must be completed prior to the first skills session on November 3rd, 2018.
This course is designed to bridge the gap between knowledge of an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Anyone who has successfully completed an EMR course is eligible to take the bridge course. This does not include individuals who were "grandfathered" with an EMR certification upon successful completion of an Advanced First Aid course, as those individuals would not possess the same entry level of knowledge. Those individuals are encouraged to take the full EMT course.
Prerequisite: Verification of past successful completion of an approved EMR class. The first day of class will be a review of the material taught during the EMR course.
Cost: $1045 in County; $1145 Out of County (Includes the printed textbook and all online material). EBook and Interactive Lectures are available for an additional fee. Please note that access to the eBook requires internet connection. There is a $300 deposit to hold you place in the course, which is due upon registration. The balance is due the first day of class (the orientation session). Note: all course fees have increased slightly for the 2018-2019 school year, due to increased costs of books and resources by the publisher. Need financial assistance, you can apply for PayPal Credit and take 6 months to pay for the course (link available on the payment page). Payment Plans can also be arranged through ETA on a case-by-case basis.
CPR: CPR certification is a prerequisite and must be obtained prior to the first in-class skills session. You can still enroll in th ecourse even though you do not have this certification, as long as you understand you must obtain it prior to the in-class sessions. You must be certified in AHA BLS Provider or ASHI Healthcare Pro or ARC CPR Professional Rescuer or another certification method accepted by PA DOH Bureau of EMS. ETA offers CPR courses seperately. Check our schedule for upcoming dates and times. You must present a copy of your CPR certification at class on on the first in-class skills session.
Minimum Age: Students must be at least 16 years of age prior to the state certification exams. If you are 15 y.o. but will turn 16 by the end of the course, you can take the course.
Patient Contacts: Students must complete 10 patient contacts prior to the end of the course. This can be completed in various ways including volunteering with local ambulance companies and specialty centers. We will work with you to get the required contacts if you can not obtain them through a traditional manner.
Functional Job Description: In order for state certification, students must meet the minimum requirements for the functional job description of an EMT. Click here to read these requirements.
Criminal History: Students will be required to complete state registration forms and disclose any positive criminal history. A positive history will not prevent acceptance into the course, however, it may impact one's ability to obtain state certification. Authorization for certification is solely at the discretion of the PA DOH Bureau of EMS. Individuals with a positive criminal history are encouraged to contact the local Regional EMS Council for more information if this is a concern.
Certification Exams: Upon successful completion of the EMT course, student become eligible to take the state/NREMT certification exams. Pennsylvania uses the NREMT exams for its certification process. This consists of a psychomotor (skills) exam administered through the 15 regional EMS councils and the NREMT cognitive exam administerd at a Pearson Vue testing site. The cost of the NREMT cognitive exam is $80 paid directly to NREMT prior to scheduling the exam. All certification exams are administered by the PA DOH Bureau of EMS and NREMT and are beyond the control of ETA.
HAZWOPER Certification: As a co-requisite, students must take ICS100, ICS700, and HAZWOPER. All are online and should take approximately 1 hour each. Links to these courses are provided within our online course. The ICS classes are FEMA classes and free of charge. There is a fee of $19.95 for the HAZWOPER course which must be paid directly online in order to print a certificate of course completion. If you have certification from another agency, simply submit a copy of your certification.