First Responder

The First Responder certification course is an approximately 30 hour course that meets weekly (usually Wednesday’s from 6:00-10:00pm*) starting the end of September through November. It costs about $200* for the course tuition, which includes the cost of the instructors, textbook, and certification card. In this course, you learn how to treat traumatic and medical emergencies at the fundamental level with skills that include CPR, splinting limbs, back-boarding, etc. A multiple choice state exam given on-location, plus a hands-on practical.

*Note: the cost and dates of the course may not be consistent from year-to-year

We recommend this course to everyone. In particular, this is a good course to take if you would like to learn basic First Aid and CPR for every day emergency preparedness. We also recommend this course if you would like to get a brief, broad knowledge of pre-hospital care before continuing on with your medical training (as an EMT, RN, etc).

Emergency Medical Technician

The Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) course is an 130 hour course that meets 2 times a week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday*) and every other Saturday morning during the spring semester. It is approximately $900* for the course, with additional fees payable to the state for the exams. In order to become an EMT, you must attend every class, pass the state practical exam (held on-location) and then take a written exam at a state sponsored test center. The EMT course counts for a 1/12 physical education credit at WPI.

*Note: the cost and dates of the course may not be consistent from year-to-year

This is a much more comprehensive certification that enables you to provide life supporting care. You will learn about the human body at a much greater level and develop upon the skills first introduced in the First Responder course.With this certification, you can volunteer and/or work on any ambulance service. Because many agencies staff EMT’s 24/7, being an EMT also provides you with flexible work hours that are more conducive to a college schedule.

This is a great certification for those who are looking to get a lot of patient care experience in preparation for applying to a medical program. This would be also be a great course for those who wish to get out from behind the desk and work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.

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