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Emergency Medical Responder Pathway

Why Emergency Medical Responder?

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) workers save lives on a daily basis. They are usually the first line of defense for victims of serious and life-threatening medical trauma. Responders must react quickly to varying situations to ensure patients arrive to a medical facility in a stable condition. Teamwork is valued because responders usually work in pairs. One looks after the patient while the other responder drives to the medical facility. Responders use special equipment and training to ensure the patient arrives safely. Some of the basic skills used include advanced first aid (including bleeding control and performing emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures during ambulance ride), cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) usage. Physical, mental, and emotional strength are needed by individuals striving for a career as an Emergency Medical Responder.

Emergency Medical Responders work for hospitals, private and public ambulance services, and local governments. The job outlook is favorable for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. In Georgia, the job outlook for this field is expected to increase by 30.4% between 2012 and 2022 for an average of 2.7% per year through 2022. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupations will include:

•    Emergency Medical Responder
•    Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
•    Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate
•    Paramedic
•    Critical Care Paramedic
•    Emergency Management Director
•    Flight Paramedic
•    Emergency Management Director
•    Physician Assistant
•    Firefighter
•    Police Officer
•    Sheriffs and Deputy Firefighter

Numerous job openings will stem from employment growth in the healthcare and governmental areas of the economy. Some of the growth in the healthcare industry can be attributed to an aging population and increases in the average lifespan.

EMR Courses & Schedule

Emergency Medical Responder Course Schedule

Introduction to Healthcare Science – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Healthcare Science is a foundations course for the Emergency Medical Responder Pathway. It is appropriate for students wishing to pursue a career in the Healthcare Industry. The course will enable students to receive initial exposure to Healthcare Science skills and attitudes applicable to the healthcare industry. The concepts of health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as, ethical and legal responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated including medical terminology, microbiology, and basic life support.

Essentials of Healthcare –  2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science
*This course counts as a 4th science credit. Students earning credit in this course alse get an addition unit in Human Anatomy and Physiology.
This class is designed to provide an overall framework of basic skills utilized in the provision of direct client care. Monitoring and evaluating client status includes assessment techniques such as vital signs, as well as, the application of mathematical concepts appropriate to clinical expectations and/or work-based learning. The function and fundamental pathophysiology of each body system is evaluated prior to community first aid and basic life support techniques which are expanded to include rescue skills for infants and children.

Emergency Medical Responder 
Prerequisites: Introduction to Healthcare Science and Essentials of Healthcare
Emergency Medical Responder is the third course in the pathway. The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course prepares the student to provide initial stabilizing care to the sick or injured prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services Professionals (EMS), and to assist EMS personnel in transporting patients for definitive care at an appropriate hospital/facility. Major areas of instruction include Introductory Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology; Responder Safety; Incident Command; Blood-borne Pathogen Training; Basic Physical Assessment; and Treatment of Trauma and Medical Emergencies; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). The course is a blend of lecture, hands on lab/learning, and practical scenario-based learning/testing.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Emergency Medical Responder

•    Atlanta Technical College
•    Bainbridge College
•    Central Georgia Technical College
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Metro Atlanta EMS Academy
•    Darton State College
•    Fortis College
•    Georgia Northwestern Technical College
•    North Georgia Technical College
•    And many other colleges and universities to study medical-related careers.


HOSAHealth Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization endorsed by the US Department of Education and the Healthcare Science Technology Education division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs.