Emergency Medical Care - Riverland

Emergency Medical Care

The Emergency Medical Care Certificate provides enhanced entry-level job training for employment in a Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service. Included in the program are ride-along clinical experiences with local Ambulance Services. Upon successful completion of this certificate is the opportunity for National Registry certification, plus the Spanish speaking skills for EMS personnel that employers are seeking. The EMC Certificate prepares and enhances a person’s job opportunities for work as an EMT in a Basic Life Support (BLS) medical transportation service or in an Advanced Life Support (ALS) service that combines EMT's and paramedics. This certificate also serves as a ladder to a paramedic career.

Typical Work Tasks

From Iseek.org

People who work in this career often:

  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Treat medical emergencies.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.

    Employment Outlook

    In Minnesota, there are 4,230 workers employed in this medium-sized career.

    Where do Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics most often work?

    From Iseek.org

    Additional Information

    Background Study Requirement

    Students accepted and enrolled in an Allied Health Program must complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) background study. The background study will be initiated through the Allied Health Department at the college. Students will receive further details including the DHS privacy practices notice prior to the study being initiated.

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    COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate in clinicial ride alongs.  10 patient contacts in a ride along setting is one of the requirements for EMT Certification.


    Certified by the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB), Riverland provides certification training for Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Responder Refresher, EMT and EMT Refreshers and Transition courses.  Riverland is also the Minnesota Chapter for International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) and utilizes certified instructors to provide training for basic and advanced ITLS and Pediatric Trauma Life Support (PTLS) initial and refresher courses.  Riverland provides certification courses for the American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid/CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Emergency, Assessment, Recognition (PEARS) taught by certified AHA instructors.

    For more information or to schedule a class/training session onsite for your service, please contact Wanda Staska 800-247-5039 ext 0615 or wanda.staska@riverland.edu

    Last Updated: March 14, 2017

        Quick Facts
    • Certificate
    • 16 Credits | One Semester
    • Location: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna
    • Offering: Fall, Spring & Summer

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    Improving Performance.  Riverland Customized Training and Education provides a broad range of learning solutions that empowers your employees with the skills and knowledge needed to excel – a core component in your continued success.

    For more information or to schedule a class/training session onsite for your service, please contact Wanda McCoy 800-247-5039 ext 0615 or wanda.mccoy@riverland.edu