The Patient Assessment Module is presented as part of the traditional one (1) term emergency medical technician (EMT) course. This is the second of several modules that are included in the EMT certificate program. In this presentation the patient assessment module is recommended to be completed over a one (1) week period with additional time reserved for practical skills verification testing in a lab setting.
The following chapters will be covered within the Patient Assessment Module for Emergency Medical Technician. Students should note that this is a blended online program. All facets of the lecture, review activities, knowledge checks, and in some cases, practical skills which are filmed and uploaded into the system, are completed there and graded. All online requirements must be completed before students may attend the lab sessions.
EMT students will learn the basic foundation of patient assessment. This module is considered one of the key stones to the emergency medical technician program and covers both medical and traumatic patients.
This course highlights the basic knowledge and skills necessary for individuals who wish to obtain state or national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and adheres to the 2009 National EMS Education Standards which are based on the National EMS Core Content and the National EMS Scope of Practice that define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for each level of EMS training and has replaced the DOT National Standards curricula used in the past.
The patient assessment module familiarizes the emergency medical technician candidate with the basics of the hands on techniques of assessing patients. The EMT student learns how to utilize all of their senses, tools, and resources available to them to help determine signs and symptoms that are presenting in the field. This information is used to formulate treatment plans to best care for their patients.