The Division of Health Sciences offers a twelve-week Certificate Course - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Emergency Medical Technician Registration
Individuals with an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate or equivalent qualification must complete a practical training or internship to become registered to practice as an Emergency Medical Technician in Barbados.
Who is an Emergency Medical Technician?
An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is someone who has successfully completed and attained a level of certification recognised by the Paramedical Association of Barbados.
This course prepares the EMT to function in three areas:
- Controlling life-threatening situations, including maintaining an open airway, providing artificial ventilation, delivering automated defibrillation, controlling severe bleeding administering a limited number of medications, and treating shock.
- Stabilising non-life-threatening situations, including dressing and bandaging wounds, splinting injured extremities, delivering and caring for infants, and dealing with the psychological stress of the patient, family members, neighbours, and colleagues.
- Using non-medical skills, such as driving, maintaining supplies and equipment in proper order, using good communication skills, keeping good records, knowing proper extrication techniques, and coping with related legal issues.