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Medical Responder Courses and Classes Overview

Medical responder courses cover fundamental skills for first responders, EMTS and more. They're offered in full programs and as standalone courses. Read on for detailed course descriptions.

Essential Information

Medical responder courses are available through certificate or associate's degree programs for first responders, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. However, many are offered as simple personal enrichment courses offered through state public health offices, health organizations, such as the Red Cross, or community colleges. Graduates of medical responder programs can be certified by taking the National Registry Exam for First Responders. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed, but the licensure requirements may vary by state.

Here are some common topics covered in medical responder courses:

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  • Nitroglycerin administration

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List of Courses

Basic First Aid Course

A basic first aid class is one of the most important medical responder courses and forms the foundation of emergency medical technician training. The course teaches the essentials of being a first responder and how to treat sick or injured people in life-threatening situations. Students learn how to bandage wounds and use tourniquets; they also learn the proper procedures to follow for various injuries or illnesses. This course could be part of a degree program, but it could also be taken as a personal enrichment course.

Emergency Medical Technician Basic Training Course

The first course in the EMT core sequence, EMT-Basic teaches students advanced treatment of injury and illness in a pre-hospital setting. Students focus on clinical practices, patient transportation and patient resuscitation. Completion of the course certifies a student as a first-level EMT.

Advanced Life Support Course

Most advanced medical responder courses require that a student have paramedic-level certification. A class in advanced life support is intended for EMTs and other health professionals who wish to learn or refresh their skills. Students practice defibrillation, cardioversion and airway management therapies. Special topics include pharmacology and the treatment of heart attack/stroke patients. Advanced medical responder courses are often used to recertify EMTs and other professionals.

Disaster Course

Students in this course learn how to direct the overall emergency response in case of natural disasters, terrorist attacks or other large-scale medical emergencies. They learn alternatives to using a 911 service in times of extreme chaos and confusion. Medical responders learn to work with the police and other local, state or federal response teams to create plans that reach the whole community and alert them of disaster. This class is intended specifically for health care and first response professionals looking to expand their skill sets.


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