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OTC Announces New EMT Class

Okefenokee Technical College is pleased to announce it is again offering the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program on its Waycross campus. Class will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Bernie Restrepo, Charlton County EMS Director, is the lead teacher.  He will be assisted by paramedics and state certified instructors Rachel Restrepo and Mike Christoforo.  Dr. Bill Parham, Ware County Interim EMS Director, is the medical director for the program.

This technical certificate of credit program is designed to prepare students to take the state certification test for EMT. Basic pre-hospital techniques are taught including the use of specialized airways, splints, and the proper administration of intravenous solutions.

EMTs work primarily for ambulance services, fire departments, and volunteer rescue squads. However, many corporations are training several employees as EMTs to provide emergency care for workers until they can be transported to a hospital.

The college plans to follow this program with a one-semester Advanced EMT certificate program fall semester; a paramedic program is planned to begin later this year, as well.

The EMT program takes two semesters to complete and is HOPE eligible. Applicants must be 18, have a high school diploma or GED, and take the college entrance exam.  Students will also be required to have a criminal background check and drug screen prior to admission to clinical sites.  Students will be admitted into the current class if they have completed all necessary college paperwork no later than Thursday, January 12.    Students interested in beginning the EMT program should contact Dr. Abraham Pallas at 287-4861 or visit OTC at 170l Carswell Avenue, Waycross.

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