I attended the Staten Island Emergency Medical Training Center EMT course last summer. Taking that program was an overall rewarding experience, to say the least. At first, I was extremely nervous to begin this kind of program as I didn’t think I would “fit in” and possibly even fall behind because of my fear of not being strong enough nor tall enough to succeed compared to my peers. On the first day, I was delighted to see a diverse group of individuals who were all there to reach the same goal. I made friends with many of my classmates as we all worked together to complete the final skills exam and the state exam. Spending 3+ hours a night, 3 times a week in the summer can sound dreadful but I enjoyed every class. The instructors made every lecture and skill day super interactive and enjoyable. We even got the opportunity to complete rotations with various hospitals on the Island, which was a super great learning opportunity and, of course, a great way to be introduced to the career.
I took this course in hopes of becoming an EMT to gain patient care hours to apply to PA school. After I became certified, I volunteered here and there at my university’s on-campus ambulance service. It was extremely rewarding and I’m proud to say I applied to Wagner College’s PA program and was accepted! It was a great highlight in my interviewing process and acceptance.
If there is any specific program to take to become EMT certified, it would be at the Staten Island Emergency Medical Training Center program.