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 EMT-Basic FAQs

Why are EMT-Basic Program students required to have a Caregiver Background Check?

Why are EMT-Basic students required to have immunizations?

Why is CPR a prerequisite for the EMT-Basic program and not part of the training itself?

When are EMT packets accepted?

 

Why are EMT-Basic Program students required to have a Caregiver Background Check?

Caregiver Background Checks are required by law to protect patients as well as to avoid civil liability.

In October 1998, Wisconsin enacted a Caregiver Background Check Law. Briefly, this law requires health care providers to protect patients by requiring Caregiver Background Checks for all people who may come in contact with their patients. This law includes students. All NWTC students having contact with patients must complete this background check.

EMT-Basic program students are required to have five (5) patient contacts in order to complete training. Regardless of where students complete these patient contacts, whether in a hospital or with their sponsoring ambulance service, they are considered NWTC students when doing the contacts. The college is obligated to protect patients when students encounter them in the course of performing patient contacts. It is NWTC's responsibility to assure that each student has obtained a Caregiver Background Check and is safe to have contact with patients whether the patient contact occurs with their sponsoring ambulance service or in a hospital.

Additional information on the Caregiver Background Check law can be obtained at the DHFS website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/.

The Wisconsin administrative rule governing EMT-Basic training in Wisconsin says the following regarding the curriculum to be used for Wisconsin-approved EMT-Basic courses. 

HFS 110.07 (1) (c) 2 - "The training shall include training covered in the national standard curriculum for training EMTs and additional training approved by the department as part of the state standard curriculum."     Return to top

 

Why are EMT-Basic students required to have immunizations?

Immunizations are a health necessity and they are also needed to avoid civil liability.

EMT-Basic program students are required to have five (5) patient contacts in order to complete training. Regardless of where students complete these patient contacts, whether with their sponsoring ambulance service or at a hospital, they are considered NWTC students when they are doing the contacts. Therefore the college is responsible for protecting students and patients during these encounters. NWTC must make sure that its students are safe and that students don't pose any preventable risks to patients. There is no law requiring EMT-Basic students to have immunizations - it is a health and safety issue. When students have contact with patients, diseases could be transmitted by patients to students or vice versa. If this were to occur then NWTC would be held liable if it didn't take necessary steps to prevent disease transmission in accordance with current curriculum recommendations.

The National Standard Curriculum for training EMTs identifies immunizations that are recommended for EMT-Basics. The hospitals that NWTC utilizes as clinical training sites for the EMT-Basic Program also require certain immunizations and health standards.

NWTC is committed to protecting its students. The college is also obligated to protect people when students encounter the general public in the course of performing clinical training. Further, NWTC is committed to preparing entry-level EMTs who are ready to function in the field upon completion of their training. When EMT-Basics go to work in the field after their training course, health and safety become important concerns for the emergency agency that they serve. Since NWTC students have already obtained their immunizations, they are prepared to safely perform their job as an EMT in this regard.      Return to top

 

Why is Healthcare Provider CPR a prerequisite for the EMT-Basic program and not part of the training itself?

The current curriculum is the "Emergency Medical Technician - Basic: National Standard Curriculum," published in 1994. All Wisconsin-approved EMT courses adopted and began using this curriculum in 1995. CPR is not included in this curriculum because CPR is designated as a program prerequisite. Prerequisites for the EMT-Basic Program are discussed on page 19 of the National Standard Curriculum (NSC). It states the following:

"Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) -- To meet the time requirements of this revised EMT-Basic Curriculum, Healthcare Provider CPR should be a prerequisite. Basic life support (CPR) is an essential component of any EMS educational experience and this class should be successfully completed prior to entering the EMT-Basic program. This may be accomplished by various alternatives: 

  • Assure that the EMT-Basic candidates have a current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR card prior to entering the program.
  • Offer several programs of CPR prior to the start of the EMT-Basic Program compliant with the CPR schedule of courses as posted to the NWTC website

Note: Although Healthcare CPR is a prerequisite, it should be routinely practiced and integrated throughout the entire instruction of the EMT-Basic Program. Skill stations should be created to reinforce knowledge and skills."   Return to top

 

When are EMT packets accepted?

Enrollment packets will be accepted during the following timeframe:

  • Spring Classes:  October 1 through December 10
  • Summer Classes:  March 1 through May 5
  • Fall Classes:  April 1 through July 15            Return to top

 

 

 

Questions? Contact Cal Lintz at 920-362-7391or 1-800-422-6982, Ext. 5599