Health & Human Services

Emergency Medical Services

First Responder to EMT
Bridge Class

(EMS 5666 - 6 credit hours)


Class Description
The purpose of this class is to provide a mechanism for certified Kansas First Responders to become EMTs without taking the entire EMT class. This bridge program for currently certified Kansas First Responders will provide students with an academic and working knowledge review of First Responder care and also add curricular content from the EMT course. It provides the basic concepts of emergency care which are needed to function as an EMT. This class will be helpful for other healthcare fields and is a prerequisite for the paramedic course.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides basic life support care to critically ill or injured patients. EMTs work directly with another EMT to provide this level of care and in conjunction with an MICT (paramedic) to provide advanced life support. EMTs learn to manage an airway using artificial devices, assess the severity of illness or injury, manage wounds and bleeding, immobilize fractures, perform CPR, utilized an automated defibrillator and a host of other procedures. Recent curriculum changes at the national and state level allow EMTs to assist with the administration of some medications. image

EMTs are entry-level EMS providers. They are essential in the EMS chain of survival. Additionally, one must become a certified EMT before entering the paramedic program.

Academic and Class Highlights
The EMT student will be provided an excellent education! The college will follow guidelines established by the Kansas Board of EMS and the US Department of Transportation. The class involves one semester of time where students complete classroom, laboratory, hospital clinicals and EMS internship sessions. Actual patient contact is provided during the class.

The class will be primarily taught by one teacher, though many experts in the medical community will assist the students. Equipment found in the classroom is state-of-art and is the same type that is used by EMS services throughout the nation.

Career Opportunities
Health services are one of the fastest growing job areas in the United States. Many fire and police departments require their personnel to gain this certification. In addition to working in the pre-hospital setting, some EMTs work in hospital emergency departments, offshore refineries, occupational medicine and movie sets. Demand for EMTs and paramedics continues to grow. Successful completion of the Cowley EMT class can be an excellent entry point into one of the most dynamic and fastest growing careers of our time.

Location of Class
This class is taught at both the Winfield and Mulvane centers. Special arrangements can be made where the instructors teach at various organizations such as fire departments, emergency medical services, nursing homes or hospitals.

This class is provided whenever the need arises. Flexible scheduling is also available in certain situations.


Additional Expenses

  • Required Books: $100.00
  • Liability Insurance: Required by the clinical and field internship sites. This provides you with malpractice insurance coverage while performing required hospital and ambulance clinicals. $25.00
  • Uniforms for Clinical and Field Rotations: Cost will vary
  • Travel and Transportation: Hospital clinical training and field internship is completed at a variety of sites. Because of this, students must have adequate transportation and should be aware of the costs involved in this travel. Cost will vary
  • Stethoscope (optional): $15-$180
  • Meals Away from Home during Hospital or Field Training: Cost will vary
  • Kansas Board of EMS and National Registry Examination Fee: This fee covers the Kansas and National Registry examination cost. $115.00

All costs are estimated and subject to change without prior notice.


Entrance into Class
Kansas certified First Responder.

Healthcare Education Statement
The dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandated criminal record checks be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the EMS student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class.


At the present time, this policy will not affect FR to EMT bridge students at Cowley. These students participate in clinicals only at non-JCAHO accredited hospitals.


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