Fairfield University's University College to offer EMT course required for National Registry certification in Fall 2007

For the first time, University College in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at Fairfield University will offer the basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Fall 2007 beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11. This course meets education requirements established by the State of Connecticut and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and is requisite for EMT certification candidates who are compelled to pass the National Registry examination.

With a total of more than 140 hours of classes, this comprehensive EMT course exceeds the state requirement of 130 hours of instruction and practice prior to taking the two-part examination. Successful completion of the course and, by extension, the exam, ensures EMT certification through the National Registry in 30 participating states.

Areas of instruction covered through lectures and hands-on practice include: CPR, general pharmacology, respiratory, cardiovascular and OB/GYN emergencies, musculoskeletal, head and spine trauma, hazardous materials, ambulance operations, emergency medical techniques for children and scene safety. Frank Ficko, associate director of Public Safety on campus said recently, "The university resources are excellent for this training. Jeanne Novotny, dean of the School of Nursing has welcomed the EMT students to their state-of-the-art facilities. Students who successfully complete this course will leave with all the tools needed for virtually any medical emergency situation."

According to the course instructor Joseph Laucella, a part-time officer of DPS and a certified EMS-Instructor, "There are so many professions in which EMT skills are valuable, for example, pre-med, physician assistant, law enforcement, fire fighters and volunteer service. Even the corporate world recognizes the importance of these capabilities."

Fairfield University's University College to Offer EMT Course in Collaboration With Campus Department of Public Safety in Fall 2007

The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sept. 11 through Dec. 13 and four Saturdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of the course is $650. Text for the course is additional. There is the added value of 14.4 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEU) offered.

In addition to his work at Fairfield University's DPS, Laucella is operations manager of Echo Hose Ambulance in Shelton. Several experienced colleagues from Echo Hose Ambulance and DPS will assist him in the practical applications of the course.

For more information or to receive a brochure, please phone (203) 254-4307 or visit www.fairfield.edu/uc. To register, please phone the University Registrar's office at (203) 254-4288.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on August 1, 2007

Vol. 40, No. 14

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