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Emergency Medical Responder – Initial Class

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Emergency Medical Responder – Initial Class

Approximately a 48 – 50 hour course, the Emergency Medical Responder course follows the “National Standard Curriculum” designed by the USDOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Students receive a comprehensive textbook and will be trained to provide pre-hospital care in medical and trauma emergencies, above the level of basic first-aid but not as in-depth as EMT.  Emergency Medical Responders are trained to recognize and provide basic treatment for a wide variety of situations including cardiac arrest, heart attacks, strokes, shock, poisoning, burns, heat- and cold-related and environmental emergencies.  Although the program does not have any specific prerequisites, students will be expected to read and understand the 600 page student manual, which is provided to them approximately one month prior to class.  Coursework includes classes and skill acquisition in the following areas:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Situation and Patient Assessment
  • Airway Maintenance and Patient Ventilation including Oxygen Therapy
  • CPR/AED Use
  • Injured Extremity Stabilization
  • Emergency Childbirth
  • Medical Personnel Assistance
  • Triage and Patient Movement

Upon successful completion of the course practical and written exams, students will receive an ASHI Emergency Medical Responder certification card valid for two years. This course does not certify the student for registration with State or local government organizations as an “Emergency Medical Responder” or “First Responder”.

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