All students must be free from any condition that would not permit them to perform those duties required in professional practice. Typically, all agencies related to pre-hospital emergency care have established physical and mental standards for employment as an emergency medical technician. The Glendale Community College Program has established qualifications required of those students enrolled in the Program. These standards are consistent with those required by agencies for employment in the field of prehospital emergency care. These standards are also in place to ensure a safe learning environment for the student, patients, and other members of the health care team. These standards promote successful performance of those responsibilities and tasks required during the education and training in the Program.
It is expected that the Program student will be able to:
- Frequently work in a standing position for up to 4 hours.
- Lift and transfer adult and pediatric patients up to 36 inches with a minimum of one other person from a stooped position, then push and pull the weight of the adult patient.
- Lift and transfer adult and pediatric patients with a minimum of one other person from a stooped position. This action is without the patient’s assistance and is utilized to accomplish transfer from the ground with a patient-flat device, or bed-to-gurney/chair and chair-to-gurney/bed transfers.
- Respond and react immediately to auditory instructions/requests/monitoring devices, and perform assessments utilizing a stethoscope.
- Physical perform up to 12 consecutive hours of field ambulance internship experience.
- Perform close and distant visual activities involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth and color.
- Sufficient fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination to use small instruments and equipment.
- Perform mathematical calculations at a level that will facilitate learning to monitor medication preparation and administration of medication in a timely manner.
- Physically be able to apply up to ten pounds of pressure to bleeding sites, or perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) using both hands.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Learn and appropriately apply specialized vocabulary, word, and abbreviation usage.
- Comprehend verbal and written instructions/directions in a timely manner.
- Document assessments and information accurately on a consistent basis.
- Develop the ability to make appropriate and timely decisions under various stressful conditions.
In carrying out the non-discriminatory policy of Glendale Community College District with regard to students and applicants with disabilities, the Program will endeavor to make reasonable modifications and other wise reasonably accommodate students and applicants with disabilities. It is the student’s responsibility to consider their ability to meet the above qualifications with reasonable accommodation. The Program will review any requests for accommodation, with representation from outside the Program as appropriate.