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EMT, IV Certification courses to be offered in July

Pagosa Springs EMS, Upper San Juan Health Service District training center, is set to host its inaugural EMT and IV certification courses.

The EMT course will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings starting July 16 through Nov. 3. This course offers instruction provided by experienced field practitioners and physicians to assure baseline competency for entry-level positions in the prehospital field. The curriculum was designed to meet and exceed national level guidelines set forth by the Department of Transportation. Sections exceeding national guidelines include Airway Management, Cardiology, Environmental Illness and Pediatrics. Students will visit two hospital sites for clinical time to gain a solid base of patient contact experience. Students will also spend time with our EMS staff on a 911 ambulance. After completing the course objectives, students will be eligible for national registry examination to obtain their state certifications to provide health care in the prehospital setting. The cost of the course is $1,400.

The IV course is scheduled July 26 to 28. The program follows the state-approved curriculum, including 24 hours of classroom time (lectures and skills) and outside classroom clinical time. The student must have a current EMT certification. Upon completion of the course, EMTs working in the field may be authorized by their medical director to initiate IV therapy and administer fluids to patients. The IV certification course is offered at $300.

For both courses, there are some options through state grant funding to cut this cost by 50 percent or more.

Contact Brittany Connor at trainingcenter@usjhd.org for more information.

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