Due to frequent patient
contact, a complete physical and immunizations are required to participate
in the EMS program. The potential student may go to their
personal physician or nurse practitioner or any other place that
do physicals and immunizations. If the student does not have a personal
primary care provider, they may go to a minor emergency care center.
The phonebook has many health resources when it comes to searching
for a place to get a physical.
A physician or nurse practitioner's acknowledgment of immunization must include immunity to Diphtheria/Tetanus (within 5 years), Hepatitis B (3 dose series), Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella (2 doses) and Varicella (Chicken Pox) (2 doses), a current vaccination for Influenza is also required. A screening to determine the presence of Tuberculosis is also required yearly.
If a student cannot find their immunization
records, the student can have a titer drawn to
see if they have had the immunization. Usually the Measles, Mumps
and Rubella series (MMR) is giving during childhood. The student
must have either two doses of MMR or one dose of MMR and one does
of Rubeola. The student must also have the three dose Hepatitis
B series. This series of doses is given over a six month period,
so it is highly recommended that the student begins the series immediately
to have it completed before clinical rotations. Check with Health
Departments in your area to see if they give these immunizations
if your physician does not.
All students who seek admission to the
Emergency Medical Services programs must be CPR certified. When
choosing a CPR class, students must look for an Advanced or Rescure
CPR course which includes AED, Adult, Child and Infant CPR training. Currently, the only CPR certification accepted by NCTC's EMS Program is the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR.
What is Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR)? It is a basic emergency procedure
for life support, consisting of artificial respiration and manual
external cardiac massage (compressions).
Here is a list of CPR
training sites you may contact for training. Besides those sites,
you may want to contact local hospitals and fire departments because
they sometimes offer CPR training to the public. You may go to any
CPR training site as long as they offer the Healthcare Provider course.
Please note Online CPR Training Courses will not be accepted.
Emergency Management Resources
CPR Emergency Training Center (Stephen Thomas)
American Heart Association Instructor
Located in Gainesville area
Participation in clinical
rotations requires each student to submit to a drug screen. The
drug screen must be conducted at the student's own expense.The student
may get the drug screen from their own physician or a drug screen
agency. The phonebook has listings for drug testing companies. The
drug screen should test for the following substances:
• Cocaine Metabolites
• Marijuana Metabolites
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