STCC offers EMT classes starting Jan. 22 in state-of-the-art learning environment
EMT students train using patient simulators in the Mobile SIM unit, an ambulance equipped with all the tools and materials needed for transporting patients.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield Technical Community College, home of the region’s premier patient simulation training facility, the SIMS Medical Center, will offer day and evening emergency medical technician (EMT) classes beginning Jan. 22.
Students who enroll in the EMT program will be immersed in a realistic learning environment featuring patient simulators and a Mobile SIM unit, an ambulance equipped with all the tools and materials needed for transporting patients. The mobile unit is the only one of its kind in the region, according to Jesse Briggs, EMT program director at STCC.
“Students in our EMT program will get a unique educational experience that will make them stand out when they apply for jobs,” Briggs said. “In addition to classroom learning, they train on realistic patient simulators in a moving mobile unit. It’s as close as you can get to a real emergency experience. Our program gives students the hands-on training employers want so they are ready to go to work on day one.”
Students can choose to take day or evening courses to complete the program, which runs between January and May. Training takes place three days a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Day classes are held between 8 a.m. and noon. Night classes run 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The program consists of in-class lectures and online training, a field trip and workshops to prepare for the state certification.
Based on the Department of Transportation curriculum for Basic Emergency Medical Technician, the program is approved by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services.
The course covers basic life support skills and techniques, patient assessment and transporting patients.
The demand for EMTs in the job market remains strong. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected growth rate for EMTs is 7 percent, which is faster than average.
“This course is a great entrance into any healthcare or fire-related career,” said Jesse Briggs, EMT program director at STCC.
Students can also take the class to earn college credit.
For more information, call the Workforce Development Center at STCC at (413) 755-4225 or visit stcc.edu/wdc.
About Springfield Technical Community College
Founded in 1967 and located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, liberal arts, and STEM fields continue to provide the most affordable options for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of about 7,000 day, evening, weekend, and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.
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