Working as an emergency medical service professional is both challenging and rewarding. EMS professionals are often responsible for the lives of others and thus are crucial in our country’s workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. That’s more than double the average growth rate for all other occupations, 7 percent. As events like accidents, natural disasters, health emergencies and crime continue to affect society, EMT’s and paramedics will remain necessary. In addition, a large segment of the population—the aging baby boomers—will further spur demand for EMT services as they become more likely to have medical emergencies. Luckily, EMT training in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley area is available at Sawtooth Emergency Medical Institute (STEMI).
Getting your EMT certification does not just limit you to working on an ambulance.
Emergency medical services (EMS) professionals may work at any of four different levels: First Responder, EMT–basic, EMT–intermediate, and Paramedic. Upon successful completion of training, students are eligible for employment in many types of emergency medical systems nationwide—in fire departments, municipal services, private ambulance services, federal services, industry, hospital emergency departments, and hospital-based ambulance systems. In addition, students can use their EMT instruction to determine if they would like to enter into an emergency service position or health care position in general. Having an EMT certification can make students more competitive candidates for firefighter or police positions.
Most opportunities for EMTs and paramedics are expected to be found in private ambulance services. Competition will be greater for jobs in local government, including fire, police, and independent, third-party rescue squad departments, in which salaries and benefits tend to be slightly better. Opportunities will be best for those who have advanced certifications, such as EMT–intermediate and paramedic, as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.
Formal training and certification is needed to become an EMT, AEMT or paramedic. All 50 states have a certification procedure. In most states and the District of Columbia, registration with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is required at some or all levels of certification. Other states administer their own certification examination or provide the option of taking the NREMT examination to maintain certification. EMS providers must re-certify, usually every two years. In order to re-certify, an individual must be working as an EMS provider and fulfill a continuing-education requirement.
Successful completion of our EMS programs will allow for certification/licensure testing at the national level with the NREMT. Sawtooth Emergency Medical Institute (STEMI) offers educational programs at the EMT and Advanced EMT level to students in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area. At each EMS program level, students gain additional knowledge and skills to enable them to function in the clinical and field settings with nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. In classes, students learn about anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology of diseases, traumatic injuries, pharmacology, and cardiac care. Students acquire skills through laboratory practice, clinical experience in hospitals, and field experience with ambulance services throughout the area.
STEMI now offers a fast-track EMT course as well for students who wish to complete their certification in a shorter amount of time.
STEMI teachers have years of field experience to offer students. Co-owners Kelli Giokas and Michelle Giokas bring decades of emergency medical experience to STEMI. Kelli has been in EMS for 19 years and has worked as an EMT, Advanced EMT and a Paramedic. Kelli began teaching AHA courses in 2012 and has been teaching EMT courses since 2014. Michelle began her career in EMS over 24 years ago. She began teaching AHA courses in 1999 and teaching EMS courses in 2002 when she helped establish ISU's paramedic program.
If you’re interested in EMT training in Boise, Nampa or the greater Treasure valley, see what courses STEMI offers here.