Are you the type of person who can easily stay cool under pressure and keep a level head when the pressure really starts to build? Can you think quickly, make decisions on the go, think on your feet, and plan ahead at a moment's notice? Do you live for the adrenaline rush and satisfaction of making a difference in the life of others? If your answer was yes to most of these questions, then an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) associate degree may be a great fit for you!
As is the case with most two year associates degrees, when you are working towards the EMS degree you will be have core classes that target the field you are entering. Common classes you can expect to take include anatomy, chemistry, first aid, medicine/pharmacology, biology and micro-biology, as well as a number of specialized EMS courses that use lecture, labs, and on the job training. The goal of the program is to prepare you for what it is like in an ambulance and on an accident scene, and to expose you to some of the situations you may face on a day to day basis as an EMS team member.
An EMS associate degree can be a great starting point for a number of stimulating careers in emergency medical services. This type of degree and training program will focus on assessing needs and directing services in a number of medical crisis and situation. The main focus of the EMS team is to take care of people between the time of an accident or emergency call and the time they reach the hospital. On the scene of an accident and in the ambulance or emergency chopper, the EMS team is the one taking care of people and keeping them stable during transportation. If you have an interest in a career as a paramedic, fireman, policeman, or other medical and emergency focused career, an EMS associate degree can be a great place to start.
EMS technicians live a busy and active life and can work very odd hours and days in row, but the impact they have and the sense of satisfaction many of them feel on a daily basis makes it all worthwhile. Whether you decide on a career as a paramedic, an emergency room technician, or someone working in the ER, an EMS associate degree is a good place to startyour education.
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