Emergency Services Training has an active program at Southwestern.  Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Firefighter training is offered through SWCC's adult and continuing education department. Below are some brief descriptions of the programs we offer.  For a full description of our programs, please see our brochure.

Emergency Medical Responder

Emergency medical responders (EMR) are part of a comprehensive emergency medical services (EMS) response. The primary focus of the emergency medical responder is to initiate immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical system. Students are taught the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions with minimal equipment while awaiting additional EMS response for transport.

Emergency Medical Technician

The primary focus of the emergency medical technician (EMT) is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for patients who access the emergency medical system. Emergency medical technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency medical technicians provide medical interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The EMT is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.

This course teaches the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation for ill or injured patients.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Advanced emergency medical technicians (AEMT) provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. Students enrolled in the advanced EMT course learn advanced procedures and provide limited pharmacological therapies. Advanced EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. The advanced EMT is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.

Firefighter Training
SWCC offers a variety of firefighter initial and continuing education programs.  We have a fire skills trailer for use with many of our skills training sessions. If your fire department is interested in using the SWCC trailer, please contact the adult & continuing education department.

For additional information, contact the Continuing Education department at 641.782.1441.


Upcoming Classes

Brochure (PDF) - Online Registration Form
Combination of online coursework and face-to-face skill days
This course will require access to a computer with high-speed internet
Cost: $1515

Follow these easy steps 3 to 4 weeks in advance of when you plan to test. If you need additional assistance, please contact the NREMT at 614-888-4484.

Detailed Class Information - Online Registration Form

Class will meet for approximately 8 weeks. A mandatory orientation will be held November 28th at 6 p.m. at the New Market Community Center.

Instructor: Sarah Solt
Cost per person: $845
Registration deadline: November 20th

Online Registration Form

Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement and other service workers is an 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.  The training gives participants the skills needed to recognize, reach out to, and provide initial help and support to someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem or crisis. Just as CPR training helps a person without medical training assist a person experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  The scenarios in this course are based on situations that may be encountered by law enforcement officers, First Responders and EMS workers, judges, courthouse personnel, etc.  The instructor for this class is Cathay Pringnitz.  Cathay has a Master of Science degree in Human Services and she has a great deal of experience working with people with developmental disabilities.  

Dates:  October 18, 2017 from 12:30pm – 4:30pm and October 19, 2017 from 12:30pm – 4:30pm (Attendance at both days is required)
Location:  SWCC, Red Oak Center Room 111
CEH’s:  8 CEH’s for EMS personnel
Cost:  This program is provided free of charge by:  CHI Behavioral Consortium and Southwestern Community College