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Two New State-Accredited Emergency Medical Courses Offered at Owens Community College

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Students interested in a career within the emergency medical field now can pursue such an opportunity by taking two new state-accredited Fire Science Technology courses at the Owens Community College Findlay and Toledo-area campuses.

The First Responder (FST 268) and the Emergency Medical Technician ­ Basic (FST 270) courses in the Fire Science Technology program at Owens have received state accreditation by Ohio's Department of Public Safety.

"This accredition demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality courses for individuals who have career aspirations within the emergency medical field," said Paramedic Bill Montrie, Owens EMT Certification Coordinator.

Anyone interested in pursuing a career as a volunteer, part-time, full-time, government, industrial or private firefighter­or with an emergency medical services agency­is required to take one of these two courses as part of the certification process.

The First Responder course prepares students to recognize and respond to emergencies, providing the initial care and stabilization to a sick or injured victim. They also are able to assist professional rescuers (EMT or paramedics) in the prehospital phase of emergency care.

Students taking the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) ­ Basic course learn to recognize and treat the signs and symptoms for traumatic injuries, airway/breathing problems including oral tracheal intubation and medical emergencies.

"The EMT class involves more hands on procedures and patient assessment, while the First Responder course teaches students how to manage a patient in a medical or trauma crisis until further help arrives," Montrie explained. "Each course teaches very similar topics, but, the EMT course goes into more detail on the various subjects. In addition, the EMT students also are required to have clinical training at a hospital."

Students who are interested in pursuing a Fire Science Technology Associate Degree or Fire Officer Certificate at Owens can transfer the credits earned in their EMT or First Responder classes toward the two programs, Montrie said.

"Owens Community College is proud to enhance our fire science and criminal justice training programs with the new EMT and First Responder classes," said George Coxey, Owens Chair of Criminal Justice/Fire Science Technologies.

The Fire Science Technology Associate Degree program requires a total of 72 credit hours, while the Fire Officer Certificate is 29 credit hours. The cost is only $75 per credit hour.

The EMT and First Responder courses will be offered during this Spring Semester on the Owens Findlay and Toledo-area campuses, beginning January 14.

To register for either course, or for more information about the Fire Science Technology program, call (567) 661-7637 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7637.



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