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‘EMT Specialization’ course could be industry game-changer

  • 29 January 2019
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Check out this article about the new Become an EMT Specialization!

Coursera online ‘EMT Specialization’ course could be industry game-changer


What I like about this piece is the insight from one of the Specialization instructors, Dr. Whitney Barrett of University of Colorado. Some of her key points about online EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) training:
  • It's a novel way to teach EMT courses
  • It breaks down barriers to EMT education, including location, time, and resources
  • The audit option allows people to gain skills useful in emergency situations
Passing an in-person skills lab is required in order to get EMT certified. The first skills lab is scheduled to take place in Denver, Colorado in September.

Personally, I agree with Dr. Barrett's points, and I'm especially excited that this online EMT training can equip people in rural locations who simply do not have access to in-person trainings.

Do you have an interest in taking the EMT Specialization or any of the courses? If so, let us know which ones and why.

I'd also be interested in a conversation about what sorts of health topics can be effectively taught online, and which cannot. What do you think?

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Hi, @Laura and welcome.
I’ve tested (B-test) these courses and are awesome, indeed! Though you ask for other things about the specialization, (I let others, more specialists to speak about those) I wish to deposit my opinion, fascinated by the power of EMT specialization through its info, the quality of videos, the new young faces, its subject matter.

We have many times discussed with my friends, about the need of knowing few things in an emergency call. Here should unfold a lousy fact of someone being famous lawyer, banker, accountant, whatever and finally not being able to save someone from electroshock, drowning, hypoglycemia, etc. it seems like in vain all. Actually, it may be irrelevant and doesn’t play a role the profession or his/her Degree of someone as much as the right knowledge and readiness in front of an emergency incident. From the other it is pity if someone proud for its grades and next loosing his/her friend from blocked trachea/respiratory track or whatever of light addressing.

I've done my army service in Health Corps, where I learned few things, there. The now course came to renew and add more useful info to my knowledge. It was really good!

It is important, not only the first aid abilities have they driven us to this course but the personal care as well. So, I'm thinking if possible of a lighter option of this course, with well-chosen videos could be a "must" for all of us aiming to our good personal health.

Preventing any malfunction in blood sugar, pressure, respiration, digestion, and all the parameters and hints around them are pillar of knowledge, I repeat together with the readiness in an emergency incident.

Perhaps, I wasn’t helpful to you but I think you realize my own thinking. Thanks!
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Hi @augokissas. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It's great you were able to beta test these courses – and it's great to know that the information enhanced your knowledge gained in the Health Corps.
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Thank you @Laura for highlighting such valuable sets of courses which have the true potential of saving lives some day. First Aid and EMT have always been dear to my heart. I was trained in the past and have been involved in First Aid section of all the schools I went since primary school. I would love to fit these courses to my schedule too going forward and refreshing my memory as well as catching up with the new developments in the field. Thank you for highlighting them, I would not have known them otherwise.

And thank you @augokissas for taking the time to beta test them. I am sure many who take these courses will benefit from the invaluable input you provided during your testing.

Have either of you or anyone else reading these seen this inspirational movie, based on true story of Jane Stern who was a famous writer with her husband, mostly on food books and suddenly decided to become an EMT in her 50s?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambulance_Girl . It's never too late if anyone else out there has an attraction for it, which might save lives some day! 🙂
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@Denise, I'm not familiar with Jane Stern's story – thanks for sharing! I hope you find time to take the courses, too. 🙂
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I was just browsing for possible CPR class on Coursera and I came across this Specialization. I completed the first 4 classes last week and if I could complete the last 2 classes today, I can get the whole Specialization for free :)

I also already contact the Denver bootcamp, and hopefully I can go to the bootcamp to be eligible for taking the test for EMT registration.

I learned a lots from the classes and the resource references. One of the reference is to EMPPrep on youtupe, and I think I will keep coming back to that channel to review the knowledge, the skills for the test.

Maybe, it can be a stretch but other programs like Phlebotomy, Medical assisting, Pharmacy tech can be explore this model. Coursera can setup externship sites with local fire department for EMT/Paramedic too.
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I am currently busy with Course-5 of this specialisation. It is excellent. I am a volunteer first-responder in a rural town of South Africa. Unfortunately it doesn't permit me to operate in any way legally in this country. On completion I will take a practical 5 day Level-III first aid course.

Unfortunately our government (for whatever reason!) has removed part-time medical qualifications. These are now full time university only. This will result in even fewer medical professionals in rural areas.

At first I was dismayed at this, until I realised that taking this course simply makes me a far better first aider than I otherwise would be. Private colleges have started filling the gaps with recognised practical courses, from Basic Life Support to oxygen administration to MVA victim extraction.

If not an EMT, I plan to be the best darn Emergency Medical Responder I can be. Though scope of practice is a little lower, having the insight and skills of an EMT is not wasted. I mention this because other students taking the course outside the US may have the same problem.

One local college now offers 'blended' courses. The theoretical studies are online. There is then hands-on training, a practical and written exam. One thing I've learned is that medical training is ongoing. You don't hang a certificate on the wall and leave it at that.

I have chatted with people who have taken Level-III first aid. In conversation they talk about "... just an online course..." as if it's meaningless. Until I ask them a question anyone taking this course could answer, and they're floored. (At a recent CPR practical course, it was the first aiders who were notably absent but people with professional medical training attended to brush up their skills).

Of course, hands on training and experience are super important. But I also think it's high time people realised that done properly, online courses are just as valid as classroom lectures. The world has changed and many institutions need to wake up to that fact.

The onus is also on students to demonstrate that online qualifications give them the skills required to get stuck in and do a job efficiently. We need to be the guys asking higher qualified people questions. Taking notes in meetings. Behaving professionally.

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