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 the Donald R. Kline Technical School in Hudson.


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.


College credit available through the program

  • Columbia-Greene Community College (6 credits)
  • Hudson Valley Community College (6 credits)


Related career opportunities

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


Industry-Based Certifications

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


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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