The Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) is now offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) career pathway for students in the Allied Health Science (AHS) program. “Our new EMT pathway is the culmination of the three -year program of study currently offered to students at the CFI with the third year consisting of a clinical practicum,” said Mr. Ed Bowling, BSN, RN. The training includes providing students with didactic instruction, allowing students to be able to perform patient intake and assessments services that include collecting and recording patient medical information, obtaining vital signs such as pulse, respiration, and blood pressure as well as triage services. Additional training includes learning to utilize medical terminology and emergency procedures such as CPR, first aid, splints, wound care, EKG monitoring, tourniquets, patient extraction and immobilization in preparation for ambulatory transport of patients to the hospital during their clinical practicum. The pathway is primarily of interest to students who are interested in becoming a certified EMT, licensed Paramedic, or are preparing for medical school.
“We are so very proud of our collaborative partnership with Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County and Mr. James Hacker, Executive Director, and Major Jamey Mills who were instrumental in helping to develop our clinical practicum for students. We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Sandra Schuldheisz, a practicing physician with a specialization in pulmonology, who has experience in emergency medical services that has agreed to serve as our EMT Medical Director,” remarked Dr. James Davis, CFI Principal.
The program establishes an innovative college and career pathway with Dr. Bill Young, Director of the Emergency Medical Care Program, at Eastern Kentucky University that will provide our students an opportunity to earn college credit and advanced standing as a student in the Paramedic Science degree program. Students who successfully complete the program and meet qualifications are eligible to sit for the certification examination for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).