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Emergency Medical Technician Foundations – Basic Skills Lessons

Career Field: Health Care

Adult Career Pathway: Emergency Medical Technician

Type: Integrated – part of an Integrated Education & Training (IET) program

Prepares Students for: Success in an emergency medical technician occupational training course and passing the National Registry exam

Target Student Population: Low adult secondary education level (TABE Reading 9/10, grade level equivalent 9.0-10.9)

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Course Description: Provides basic skills instruction to students enrolled in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training course. Seven lessons include roles and responsibilities of an EMT, note-taking skills, study skills, time management skills, care for the caregiver, reading charts and graphs, and word parts as basis for medical terminology. (This is part of an “IET”, with an EMT training course that provides skills needed for success on the National Exam and employment as an EMT. EMTs provide patient care and transportation to those who access the emergency medical system.)

Duration: 20 hours for basic skills instruction (combined with 50 hours of video-based lecture and 100 hours of practical session = 170 hours total)

Curriculum Description: A 17-page PDF document includes 7 lesson plans. Plans include objectives and are aligned with CCRS and a “foundational skills” framework. Reference to an EMT textbook and links to web-based resources necessary for teaching the lessons are included, along with instructional guide.

Curriculum Pluses: Clearly organized; aligned to CCRS and transition skills. Includes career information and exploration. Resources come from the EMT technical course.

Curriculum Drawbacks: Insufficient time and scaffolding to master targeted basic skills (e.g., 2 hours on comprehending information found in charts and graphs). Some URLs for web-based materials are inaccurate. No student learning documents are included.

Author: Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Penn State College of Education

Published: 2017


Ruth Love Schooley
570-601-5936 / ral27@psu.edu