Emergency Medical Services
WNCC will prepare you with the skills necessary for a career as a disaster preparedness
coordinator, community preparedness coordinator, or emergency relief coordinator.
Emergency Medical Services coursework provides you with progressive levels of knowledge
and skills to deliver care for medical and trauma emergencies prior to arrival at
a hospital. A degree in EMS can also afford you a career in ski patrol, and with further
training, you can transition to become a firefighter or paramedic.
Being an EMT is physically demanding, requiring a lot of lifting, bending, and quick
reactions while remembering how to perform these properly to ensure patient safety
and your safety. EMTs are typically sent to calls such as respiratory and cardiac
issues, bleeding, car accidents, trauma, and fractures. It’s an occupation where every
day is different and every situation unique. And, this rewarding, in-demand profession
will offer you the flexibility to move to other cities nationwide, or stay within
your current community.
Emergency Medical Services - Paramedicine Option
The Paramedicine EMS option will give you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and
skills necessary for appropriate patient care and transport requirements, and primes
you for a position as a paramedic. You can also work as a search and rescue or military
medical technician, become a medical or research assistant, assist with patient transfer
teams, and, with further fire training, become a firefighter.
Working conditions as a paramedic include 8-24 hour shifts, depending on your employment,
that are at varying days and times, and assisting people who are possibly agitated
or in precarious or confined positions. It’s a physically demanding job and one that
poses feasible health risks when working with bodily fluids and people with contagious
diseases. The rewards are having an in-demand, well-paying career managing an important
role in your community to provide advanced life support for those in need.