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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 fire fighter 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

Directions for  National EMS Testing at SWCC
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.

Advanced EMT Hybrid Class
Brochure (PDF) - Online Registration
January 12, 2017 ~ 6 PM
SWCC Allied Health & Sciences Building (Creston), Room 916
Cost:  $1455 (registration required by January 5, payment due by January 12)

EMT Hybrid Class
Brochure (PDF) - Online Registration
January 12, 2017 ~ 6 PM
SWCC Allied Health & Sciences Building (Creston), Room 916
Cost:  $1390 (registration required by January 5, payment due by January 12)

Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement
Brochure (PDF) - Online Registration Form
January 24 & 25, 2017 ~ 8AM-Noon
SWCC Creston Campus, Performing Arts Center, Multipurpose Room
Pre-registration required as class sizes are limited
Cost:  Free

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