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2018 EMT Education Program

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Bennington Rescue Squad

120 McKinley Street

Bennington, VT 05201

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Upon successful completion of this course the student will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam required for Vermont Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. This course meets all the educational requirements as required by the Vermont Office of EMS. This course will:

  1. Prepare EMTs for practice in a variety of health care settings (employment and volunteer).
  2. Provide students with a strong basic curriculum to meet entry-level certification requirements.
  3. Provide students with the foundation for advancement within the pre-hospital care profession.

Our goal is the success of our students. This class is delivered using both distance-learning modules AND face-to-face learning components. For many students, the EMT class is thought of as ‘just a formality’ in getting an EMT certification, only to get into the course and realize that it is much more difficult than they imagined. The ability on the part of the student for self-discipline as well as being able to review, absorb and retain large amounts of information in a short period of time is paramount.

You should plan on dedicating a minimum of 45-60 hours per week solely for the completion of all classroom time, lab/simulation time, interactive lecture modules, review of materials, completion of assignments, and clinical experience time. If you are weak on these parameters, please schedule a meeting with the instructor to review your situation and if your current situation is conducive to this class.


Class Schedule: This class begins January 3, 2018 and concludes February 9, 2018. Class takes place on scheduled weekdays, typically for six to eight hours each scheduled day during business hours (9AM-5PM).

Class Location: 120 McKinley Street, Bennington, VT 05201 - Phone: 802-442-5817

Office Hours: Each classroom/lab session will have dedicated question and answer time to review or clarify course materials. Additional scheduled remote or in-person office hours will be scheduled by the primary instructor/coordinator based on program progression.


The fee for this course is $800.00. Bennington Rescue plans several aspects of its courses around the number of people registered. A down payment of at least 50% of the tuition is required to reserve a seat in the course. Payment in full must be made by the end of the second class session. Failure to pay tuition will result in dismissal from the program. We have established the following policy regarding cancellations:

• Cancellations made 30 or more days prior to the start of class will be issued a refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee.

• Cancellations made within 30 days but at least 2 business days prior to the start of the class will be issued a refund minus a $200.00 administrative fee.

• No refunds will occur after two business days before the start of the course.

The fees for the course will cover:

• Course Tuition including Clinical Experience

• Textbook

• EMT Class polo shirt (with student markings)

• Blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, and pen light


• 18 years of age by the time of course completion

• No criminal convictions or history that would preclude the applicant from licensure or certification.

• Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccine or Letter of Declination.

• Proof of current immunizations as required by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Bennington Rescue Squad (BRS) for clinical experience in the emergency department (ED) and field.

• Certification from your primary healthcare provider (physician, nurse practitioner) stating that student is physically fit for the expectations of the course.

• Access to a computer with internet access and meets the minimum system requirements of the Jones & Bartlett Learning Navigate 2 system, available at: http://www.jblearning.com/techsupport/


It is up to you to quickly evaluate whether the rigors of this course and expectations will allow for your academic success. If you wish to drop this course, please inform the instructor. If you fail to attend or complete any portion of the course in the first two weeks, it will be assumed that you are dropping the class.

There are three components to the course:

1. The online, interactive didactic lecture portion and assigned homework

2. The classroom lecture portion and skills labs, and

3. The clinical experience comprised of emergency department and ride along field experiences.

All three components must be completed to get an EMT course completion certificate.

As a hybrid course, the student must complete all assigned didactic materials through the Jones & Bartlett Navigate 2 system. This requires the student to be self-motivated and timely in completing all assigned reading and online modules. Assigned chapters and online assignments must be completed prior to the Monday classroom sessions. Failure to complete any assigned coursework within one week of the assigned due date, unless previously approved by the primary instructor/coordinator, will result in termination from the program.

Class attendance is one of our program’s highest priorities. Students are expected to attend all class sessions. When an absence or tardy is going to occur, contact the instructor (text or email) to inform them prior to class. If you do not email or text you will receive an unexcused absence. All unexcused instances require an immediate student-instructor conference to continue in the EMT Program.

No more than 4 hours of instruction can be missed to get a Course Completion Certificate. 3 tardies or leaving class early (any length of time) will be assessed as a full absence regardless if they are excused. You will not be allowed to ‘come late’ or ‘leave early’ to cover a shift. Plan with your agency to accommodate the requirements of this program in advance. You will not be allowed to attend this course while ‘on duty’, meaning that you may have to leave unexpectedly during the class.

Every class session students are required to sign the roster to get attendance credit. If you forget to sign the roster you will be given an absence for that session even if the instructor saw you. If you are late (any time after the start of class) or leave early, record “in” or “out” times on the roster.

If a student is ill and unable to complete online coursework, attend a class, or some emergency occurs resulting in a missed session, the student is still responsible for all the material covered. Classroom and simulation days are considered class days. These should be considered normal class days and you should plan to arrive on time and stay for the duration.

In the clinical experience, you will be assigned to a Southwestern Vermont Medical Center nurse and/or Bennington Rescue duty crew to observe and participate in practicing EMT assessments and skills. Students must achieve all requirements of the EMT clinical experience for that component to count. If the student is unable to get the requisite skills, they may have to participate in additional shifts.


We understand that there are a lot of “rules” in this program. Much will be required of you. Our goal is to prepare our students for a professional work environment that demands extremely high standards of behavior, performance and appearance. Do not take this personally or interpret strict policy compliance with being “mean”, but rather understand that it is our job to give you a consistent and predictable response similar to a professional work environment.

There is a tremendous amount of information to be covered in a relatively short period of time. The material is covered rapidly. You must stay organized. Recorders (digital/tape) are highly useful in this class. It is imperative that you do all of the required reading in order for you to be successful in passing the quizzes and ultimately the National Registry EMT examination. Study groups are also highly encouraged.

On occasions, you will note minor discrepancies between what is said in class and what is stated in the book. When a discrepancy has occurred and a question comes up on a quiz, you need to go by what is the National Standard. Vermont operates under certain protocols that differ than what is stated in your book. We will make every attempt to answer all of your questions at the time they arise.

This program will prepare you well for work and develop in you many life skills. We care for you and your success. We hope you care as much for yourself and reflect this by maintaining the standards and policies of our program.

Welcome to our EMT Program! We are excited that you are here joining us for a very strenuous, but satisfying adventure. Let us know how we can help you succeed. Take ownership of this course and all you are learning. Be responsible and humble. Start strong! Know when to ask for help. Communicate often. Finish strong! It is a long road we have together ahead. We commit to giving you the best program we possibly can. Now, “Let’s Roll!”

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