Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

“Ambulance Rushing” Photo by Jonnica Hill

The Advanced EMT (AEMT) is the first new level of EMS provider since 1999. When first introduced it was called the “rural paramedic” and more recently the “volunteer paramedic”. The AEMT replaces the old “EMT-Intermediate 85” and “EMT-Intermediate 99”, has a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as cellular metabolism, learns fluid and acid/base balance, pharmacology, and more.

AEMT offers an expanded scope of practice for the provider who wants to offer a higher level of care without the time and financial commitment of paramedicine. Advanced EMT also helps increase a Firefighters career opportunities in Fire/EMS systems.

The AEMT learns fluid therapy and medication administration through an intravenous (IV) and intraosseous (IO) access, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, airway management with supra-glottic airways, use of nebulizers, CPAP, proper use of numerous medications (albuterol/ipratropium, nitroglycerin, ondansetron, glucagon, epinephrine, naloxone, and others), pain mitigation w/nitrous oxide, and much more.

Advanced EMTs receive clinical training in IV/IO access, numerous Assessments including Cardiac, Respiratory, and Failing LOC patients, Drug Administrations, Airway Placement, Ventilation, Team Resuscitation, and Field Leadership. To accomplish these goals, we employ clinical site experiences both, Hospital and Ambulance based, the Simulation Lab, and Training Scenarios.

Our goal is to have the clinical requirements completed at, or near, the course’s end. We use the JBL/AAOS text, Advanced Emergency Care of the Sick and Injured, 3rd Edition. We are currently encouraging our students to provide their own textbooks, by buying a new or used book or renting a book. Renting or buying a used book can save a student 40-50% of the cost of a new book. If you supply your own book, take $150 off the tuition.