Advanced EMT FAQ's

What are the Costs/Fees to attend the Advanced EMT Program?

  • Tuition: $1,265.00
  • Required course materials provided by "Brady Books"
    • Textbook Cost $272.54
    • MyBradyLab - Cognitive portion of the course
    • AEMT Textbook
    • Platinum Access – EMS Testing & Planner
    • AEMT E-Textbook
    • Brady Books Resource [PDF]

Do I have to be an EMT to attend this course?

  • Yes, in order to be accepted, applicants must be a current certified Pennsylvania EMT.
  • It does not matter if you took EMT under the old National Standard Curriculum or under the new EMT National Educations Standards.

What is the minimum age to apply?

  • All AEMT students must be at least 18 years of age within six weeks after the first day of class.

What are the program’s minimum hours?

  • Classroom/Labs 92 hours
    • Every Wednesday evening, 6-10 p.m.
    • Except no class on the second Wednesday of every month
  • Clinical Hospital 74 hours
    • Emergency Department - 50 hours
    • Respiratory Therapy Rounds – 24 hours
      • Three 8 hour shifts in 3 different locations
    • Assigned With an ED Paramedic
    • Vocera connected to respond to all ED Alerts
  • Field Minimum 200 hours
    • AEMT Field Internship on an ALS Unit with a Paramedic/PHRN Preceptor
  • Didactic on-line, varies student to student, expect 8 hours a week

Are there jobs available for AEMT’s?

  • We cannot guarantee any employment availability or that each service is planning to utilize AEMT providers in their Agency.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Medical Director has a website link with updated PA Scope of Practice and the AEMT Treatment Protocols.

What are the program curriculum minimums?

  • The AEMT program is taught to the minimum of the National Education Standards/Model, as are the EMR, EMT and Paramedic Programs in Pennsylvania.
  • Additional items not included in the National Model, but are in PA Protocols/Scope of Practice currently, will be taught in the AEMT program.

How do I get certified?

  • Like EMR, EMT and Paramedic, AEMT is a “National Registry” aka NREMT (www.nremt.org) tested level in order to receive Pennsylvania Certification. This NREMT certification could also provide additional employment options outside the state of Pennsylvania.

What is the class size, instructor ratio, and selection date?

  • Class will be limited to 24 students
  • Completed applications and pre-requisites will be reviewed, selected by the EMS Admissions Committee and notified within 60 days of the start of class.
  • Instructor ratio for labs is no greater that 1 to 6.

What drugs might I be able to administer in PA once I am a Pennsylvania certified AEMT?

The following items will be included in the curriculum, which does not guarantee that they will be on the PA Scope of Practice or PA Drug List for AEMT’s.
  • The following Specific Medications are included in the National Model Drug list for Advanced EMT’s:
    • Albuterol
    • Aspirin
    • Dextrose (10-50%)
    • Epinephrine (Intramuscular or Subcutaneous)
    • Glucagon
    • Glucose
    • Naloxone
    • Nitroglycerin
    • Paste
    • Spray
    • Tablets
  • Intravenous Fluids
    • Dextrose 5% in water
    • Normal Saline
    • Lactated Ringer’s
    • Normosol
  • Oxygen
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Special Considerations in Pediatrics and Geriatrics
    • Routes of Administration
    • Dosages
    • Dilutions
    • Pharmacokinetic Alterations
  • The following drugs are required on PA ambulances licensed for Intermediate Life Support (ILS)
    • Albuterol
    • Aspirin
    • Dextrose (at a minimum, must carry one formulation between 10-25%)
    • Epinephrine (1:1,000)
    • Glucagon
    • Naloxone
    • Nitroglycerine
    • Normal Saline Solution
    • Oxygen

What skills will I be taught as an AEMT student?

The following are the skills that will be taught based on the National Educations Standards and National Scope of Practice Model in addition to the PA Scope:
  • AIRWAY/VENTILATION/OXYGENATION
    • Alternative/Rescue Airway - CombiTubeTM , King LT-D AirwayTM, King LTS-D Airway and i-gel O2 supraglottic airway
    • Airway – oral & nasal
    • Bag-valve-ETT/Non-surgical
    • Bag-valve-mask - with in-line small volume nebulizer
    • Bag-valve-mask (BVM) ventilation
    • CPAP
    • End tidal CO2 Monitoring/Capnography
    • Extubation
    • Head-tilt/Chin-lift
    • BIAD’s (Not permitted during clinical in Reading Hospital)
    • Jaw thrust & modified jaw thrust (trauma)
    • Mouth-to-mouth, nose, stoma, barrier & pocket mask
    • Obstruction - manual (Heimlich, finger sweep, chest thrusts) upper airway
    • Oxygen therapy
      • Blow-by delivery
      • Humidifiers
      • Nasal cannula
      • Non-rebreather mask
      • Partial rebreather
      • Regulators
      • Simple face mask
      • Venturi mask
      • OxyMask
    • Peak expiratory flow assessment
    • Suctioning
      • Meconium aspiration
      • Stoma/tracheostomy
      • Tracheobronchial
      • Upper airway (nasal)
      • Upper airway (oral)
  • ASSESSMENTS
    • BLS Assessment
    • “ALS” Assessment
    • Blood pressure
      • Auscultation
      • Electronic noninvasive
      • Palpation
    • Cardiac monitoring – apply electrodes
    • Multi-lead and single lead
      • Application of patches
      • Transmission of EKG’s only
      • No interpretation
      • V-4-R* and 15 Lead
    • Blood glucose assessment
    • Pulse oximetry
    • Carbon Monoxide CO-oximetry monitoring
  • TREATMENTS
    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) adult, infant, child, one & two person
    • Defibrillation – automated external defibrillator (AED)
    • Mechanical CPR device
    • Spinal immobilization
      • Helmet stabilization or removal
      • Long board w/patient supine & standing
      • Manual stabilization & cervical collar
      • Seated patient (KED, etc.)
    • Rapid extrication
    • Splinting - manual, rigid, soft, vacuum
    • Immobilization Splinting – traction
    • Lifting & moving Patient lifting, moving & transfers
    • Patient restraints on transport devices
    • Behavioral - Restrain violent patient
    • Childbirth
      • Umbilical cord cutting
      • Abnormal/Complications
      • Cephalic delivery
    • Eye irrigation/care (Morgan Lens*)
    • Hemorrhage control - diffuse, direct, tourniquet, bandaging, hemostatic agents
    • Rescue Vehicle access & extrication
  • IV INITIATION/MAINTENANCE/FLUIDS
    • Central venous line- access of existing catheters
    • External jugular vein cannulation
    • Saline lock insertions as no-flow IV
    • Intra-osseous - needle placement & infusion
      • Tibia, femur & humerus
      • Adult & pediatrics
    • Peripheral venous – initiation (cannulation)
      • In presence of Paramedic
      • Labs, training to include human practice, students on students, hospital and pre-hospital patients.
    • Venous (blood sampling) – obtaining
    • Arterial line - capped – transport
  • MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION ROUTES
    • Medication administration routes
      • Inhalation via aerosolized or nebulized
      • Intramuscular (IM)
      • Intranasal
      • Intra-osseous – tibia, humerus or femur
      • Intravenous (IV) – bolus
      • Oral (glucose/aspirin/Tylenol)
      • Rectal
      • Subcutaneous/Intramuscular
      • Sub-lingual
      • Topical
      • Auto-injectors
    • Medications Oxygen inhalation
    • Medications Auto-injected epinephrine- primary use - not patient’s own prescription
    • Medications – Patient Assisted - Metered dose inhaler (MDI) – bronchodilator

Where can I get more information on the National Scope of Practice and Educations Standards?

Who are the AEMT Program Coordinator, Lead Instructor, and Lab Instructors?

  • AEMT Program Coordinator, AEMT Lead Instructor, and Clinical Coordinator are the same individual:
    • Mervin Wertz
  • Lab Instructors:
    • Experienced ALS Lab Instructors

Who can I contact for more in-depth information?

Where can I register to be in the next AEMT course at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences?

You can register here.