EMT Clinical begin

New Castle Career Center EMT students have begun their clinicals.

Students in the Emergency Medical Training (EMT) program at the New Castle Career Center (NCCC) are beginning clinical training. Due to the COVID-19 protocols, the start of clinical was initially delayed. Students received the green light in February to begin their clinical sight shifts.

Before students apply for clinical rotations, they must complete four months of book work in the classroom. This gives them a strong skill base and the ability to perform their skills safely. Students must be able to safely perform CPR, give nasal Narcan, and ventilate a patient. While working clinical shifts, students are always accompanied by an experienced paramedic or nursing professional.

The clinical sites that the students may work with include: New Castle EMS, RedLine EMS, Fayette County EMS, Reid EMS, and Richmond Fire Department. Emergency rooms where students may assist are Henry Community Health, Reid Hospital- Richmond, and Reid Hospital- Connersville.

Clinical time is a requirement for EMT students per the Indiana Department of Homeland Security course curriculum. The EMT program at the NCCC is certified as an Advanced Training Center.

Once the students complete their training and clinical, they are eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) written exam. Upon completion of the test, students with a passing score become Certified EMTs and can begin working on an ambulance.

Kyle Simpkins, former NCCC EMT program student explained, “There is not another EMT program around that I can think of that offers the same high intensity training and opportunities as this one. My first day of class was very nerve-racking, but you soon realize this vocation is rewarding. I am now a certified Advanced EMT, all thanks to Mr. Hufford and NCCC EMT program. The training and lessons you learn throughout this course will stick with you for a lifetime.”

Applications for the Career Center EMT program’s 2021-22 school year are open for incoming juniors and seniors. For more information about the Emergency Medical Training vocational program or to find the application, visit nccareer center.org.