There are two courses available at PNWBOCES in the field of Emergency Medical Services:
Emergency Medical Technician
This course is for students who are interested in becoming certified to provide emergency medical care at the basic life support level while working for an ambulance service, either as a career, volunteer or both. Students will learn many skills, including patient assessment and history-taking, airway management and oxygen administration, cardiac arrest & CPR, defibrillation, treatment of medical emergencies, medication administration, childbirth and trauma management. Students will also learn ambulance operations and protocols for transporting patients to the most appropriate medical facility. Upon completion, students must pass a state practical and written exam to achieve New York State EMT certification. Students enrolled must turn 17 years of age prior to the end of the academic school year.
Certified First Responder
This course is designed for individuals that are interested in becoming certified to provide immediate, potentially life-saving care in a medical or traumatic injury emergency and will be working as a police officer, firefighter, or other non-ambulance emergency responder. Many of the same skills and knowledge gained in the EMT course are included here as well, except for ambulance transport operations and some higher level knowledge and skills required of EMTs. Student must also pass state practical skills and written exams to become certified. Students enrolled must turn 16 years of age prior to the end of the academic school year.