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WKU noncredit emergency medical services courses offered this fall

WKU Continuing Education will offer two noncredit Emergency Medical Services (EMS) trainings this fall: EMT Basic and EMT Paramedic. Regional EMS systems utilize these two levels of practice, which are governed by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

EMS training provides the knowledge to recognize symptoms of illness and injury and to provide emergency medical care. Professionals in the EMS field are prepared to make quick decisions based on classroom, laboratory and field experience. Students must have a sincere desire to work with people and must be empathetic to the needs of the sick and injured.

These courses are offered through a partnership with the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Academy (KEMSA). KEMSA supports and provides high quality standardized education, training and continuing education opportunities for EMS personnel throughout Kentucky and the surrounding area.

EMT Basic will be offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 27-Dec. 14 on the WKU main campus in the Academic Complex, Room 217. The program fee is $750, and initial payment is due by Aug. 17.

EMT Paramedic will be offered August 2012-May 2014. The program fee is $4,470, and initial payment is due by Aug. 3. Classes take place on the WKU main campus in Academic Complex, Room 407 on a rotating schedule to accommodate typical EMT work schedules. The fall 2012 schedule is available on the website.

For more information on the EMT Basic and Paramedic programs, visit www.wku.edu/kemsa.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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