Special Course Descriptions
BIO 394-10 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-Basic)
Course modules include: preparatory; airway; patient assessment; medical emergencies;
trauma; obstetrics, infants, and children; operations. Throughout the semester, the
class will meet during two three-hour time blocks per week and four times on a Saturday,
for a total of 131 class hours (95 hours didactic, including testing; 36 hours practical).
Clinical time can be done with the Rescue Squad and/or with Queen Anne’s County EMS.
Limited time is also available in the Emergency Department at Chester River Hospital Center.
Successful completion of the program enables the student to take the Maryland State and/or
National Registry EMT-B exams. Affiliation with an EMS agency is required for state
certification. Students may choose to affiliate with the Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad
in Chestertown, or with another fire/EMS agency of their choice. Once certified, students
will be able to function as a volunteer or paid EMT with a commercial ambulance company
(example, Best Care Ambulance) or a 9-1-1 EMS service (e.g. Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad,
Queen Anne’s EMS). Students who enroll in the course are encouraged to serve the local community
as an EMT.
Students may audit the course or enroll for academic credit (four credits). Credit cannot be
applied toward any major or toward distribution. Both those who audit the course and those who
receive academic credit are eligible for certification. The class is open to any matriculated
Washington College student, any Washington College staff member, or any community member
(Washington College audit fee would apply) who is 16 years of age or older (parental consent
needed if not yet 18). Students should have transportation to travel to an EMS agency. Contact
Dr. Kathleen Verville in the Washington College Biology Department for more information.
There are no prerequisites.