Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) & Health Careers

This is a one year, seniors only program designed to prepare students for the New York state Emergency Medical Technician certification while they explore a wide range of careers in the health care field. Students will receive technical as well as hands-on training in emergency medicine. Students will complete internship hours with local rescue squads as well as participate in a variety of rotations in medical careers at Columbia Memorial Hospital. View the program flyer here. This program is available only at Columbia-Greene Educational Center


Characteristics of a successful student

  • Interested in emergency medicine and possible pursuing a career in health care
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Caring, compassionate and considerate individual
  • Excellent attendance is a must in order to obtain the hours needed for program certification
  • Parental support of the career and the program


Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Biology/Living Environment
  • Regents Algebra
  • Chemistry (completed or taken while enrolled)


Topics Covered:

  • Patient Assessment
  • General Pharmacology
  • Airway Management
  • Shock and Resuscitation
  • Medical Assessment
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • EMS Operations and Incident Management
  • Medical Legal and Ethical Issues


Students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Health (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.


Related career opportunities

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Dispatcher
  • Paramedic
  • Patient Care Technician


Industry-Based Certifications

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification, CPR, AED
  • NYS Department of Health EMT-B Certification
  • NYS Certified First Responder


Technical Assessment

New York State EMT-B Certification Exam
Pass ALL three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio


Consultant Committee

  • Columbia County Department of Health
  • Columbia County Emergency Medical Services
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital
  • Hudson Valley Community College
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