Emergency Department Technician Training and Education Info

A small number of schools offer emergency department technician or emergency room technician certificate programs. These programs train students to support the patient care efforts of Emergency Room (ER) physicians and nurses.

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Essential Information

Emergency department technician certificate programs are relatively rare compared to emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency medical technician (EMT) programs, which cover most of the same content. Although certificate programs for emergency department technicians are not many, the few available provide training for supporting roles in ERs Providing basic wound care, starting IVs, drawing blood and moving patients safely are among the skills learned and topics covered. Certificates may be earned in a year or less. Applicants need a high school diploma or GED for admission to a certificate program.

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Certificates in Emergency Medical Services

Some certificate programs may require a course or courses in group and interpersonal communication. The coursework in these programs often involves training in basic medical emergency techniques and medical problem solving in crisis situations. Typical emergency department technician courses might include the following:

  • Emergency medical technician fundamentals
  • Basic life support
  • Emergency room procedures
  • EKG fundamentals
  • Phlebotomy methods

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Graduates of an emergency department technician program are qualified to seek positions at hospitals as emergency room technicians or ER technicians. Figures for ER technicians were not available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), but employment in the closely related emergency medical technician and paramedic category is projected to increase 24% from 2014-2024. Growth will be driven by an increased number of medical emergencies in the aged requiring emergency room care. The BLS stated in May 2015 that these workers made a median annual salary of $31,980.

Continuing Education Information

As of December 2010, a standardized certification or license for emergency department technicians or emergency room technicians wasn't available. If they haven't done so already, ER technicians may obtain certification by training as an EMT and then passing a certification exam. States may offer their own exam or accept the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians' exam. Most states require certification renewal every 2-3 years.

Emergency department technician training is available in the form of a certificate program. Students will learn essentials of the role in courses such as basic life support and EKG fundamentals.

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