Pratt Community College is partnering with Barton Community College to offer an EMT course, which will certify students at both the state and national levels.
The course will be offered every Monday and Thursday night from 5:30 to 10 p.m. starting Feb. 20 until May 29. Students will also be required to come on three Saturdays for full-day sessions. All the courses will be offered on PCC's main campus.
Successful students will gain the knowledge and skills to transport patients and provide them with emergency care.
"All cities and counties have EMTs," said Patty Huffman, allied health director at PCC. "They are being asked to come to a lot more events, like basketball games, so are becoming more in-demand."
In order to become certified, students must pass the course with a C or higher. Then they will have to take two national tests: practical (skills) and written. Once passing both they will be national and state certified.
Before trying to use it in another state, instructors advise that students check with that specific state's Board of EMS to ensure that they wouldn't need to take any additional or specific classes.
The course is open to 12 students and is currently full, though students can still be added to a waiting list.
"With the class filling so quickly, I can see us doing it again," Huffman said.
Financial aid for the 12-hour course is not offered, unless students are also enrolled in the paramedic program through BCC.