Emergency Medical Technician Technical Standards
All individuals, including persons with
disabilities, who wish to participate in the
emergency medical technician program, must be able to
perform specific technical functions with or
without reasonable accommodation.
The following information outlines the requirements,
abilities, and behavioral characteristics necessary for admission, continued
participation, and completion of the emergency medical technician program at Harford
Community College (HCC). The Functional Job Analysis for EMTs describes
additional specifications. A copy of this document is available by accessing
www.nhtsa.gov which is the National Highway
traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web site.
Students should consult with the non-credit
allied health coordinator to discuss any
individual situation that may prevent his or her
ability to meet the admission criteria or the
essential technical standards. requests for
reasonable accommodations will be
considered. It is ultimately the student's
responsibility to meet these essential
qualifications for participation in the program.
In order to meet the requirements for admission,
perform the skills/duties of a dental assistant, and assume the responsibilities
of a direct care provider the student must:
Be at least 18 years old.
Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.
Review the program technical standards and ask questions if unfamiliar with
the required activities or functions.
Decide if he or she has any limitations that may restrict or interfere with
the satisfactory performance of any of the requirements.
Successfully complete any prerequisite courses such as, not
limited to, HIPAA Confidentiality and Ethics, Human Anatomy & Physiology,
Medical Terminology, and Math for Healthcare Careers.
Indicate willingness to practice direct care skills in a
labortory setting by role-playing both the emergancy medical technician and the
Recognize the potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens, ionizing
radiation, and potentially hazardous materials.
Meet the specifications of the Functional Job Analysis for
EMTs available at
www.nhtsa.gov which is the
web site for the National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web
Any individual who is unable or unwilling to meet
the following technical standards in the
classroom, lab, and clinical area will be unable
to participate in the program.
—Able to drive an ambulance to the scene of injury
or illness, inspect patient and area, read maps, read small print on
medication/prescription containers, read drug reference manuals, and to
—Able to hear and verbally respond to dispatcher's
message on phone/radio; understand faculty, staff, peers, patients/clients,
families, and healthcare workers; interpret conversations; and assess/monitor
patients/clients; and interpret other sounds that may indicate additional help
is on its way or other persons who cannot be seen may be hurt or injured.
Talking—Able to respond to patients, physicians,
healthcare workers, and others through hearing. May be required to shout for
help and additional assistance.
—Able to tolerate unpleasant odors related to infections, bad
Physical Demands—Requires good physical stamina,
endurance, and the ability to:
Perform direct care and move quickly from place to place
over uneven terrain without jeopardizing the patient's, the EMT's or other
Stand, walk, and sit.
Lift, carry, push and pull in excess of 125 pounds.
Climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl to gain
access to sire of emergancy.
Reach, handle, finger, and feel to assess pulse,
breathing, perform CPR, lift patients, operate equipment, and perform
—Perform multiple motor tasks
simultaneously. Possess fine and gross motor skills sufficient to handle
equipment and provide safe and effective client care; keen sense of touch;
awareness of self in relationship to surroundings, steady arm and hand movements
while manipulating objects or assisting patients/clients.
Motor Skills (fine and gross)
Perform CPR and other basic life support functions.
Operate and manipulate equipment such as, but not limited
to treadmills, exercise bikes, wheelchairs, and strechers.
Push/pull beds; transport patients/clients.
Lift and move patients/ clients data.
Tactile–Possess a keen sense of touch and the ability to interpret
tactile sensations to perceive information such as, but not limited to texture,
mobility, firmness, strength, and temperature.
Distinguish pulse rate, rhythm, and strength of palpation.
Detect changes in skin/tissue temperature and integrity.
Communication—Able to communicate in English, both orally and in
writing, with faculty, staff, peers, clients, families, and healthcare workers.
Speak English in a clear and easily understood manner.
Write in a manner that is legible.
Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Read and comprehend written material in English at a minimum of the 9th
Observe non-verbal communication.
Develop patient rapport, interviews hostile patients,
maintain safe distance, and recognize and utilize communication unique to
diverse multicultural groups and ages within those groups.
Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities—Able to learn, measure, calculate,
reason, analyze, integrate, synthesize, and use data/information.
Interpret, prioritize, problem solve, and demonstrate critical thinking.
Convert numerical data from one measurement system to
Respond to emergencies by processing information consistently,
accurately, and quickly.
Possess the ability to self-evaluate.
Behavioral and Social Attributes—Possess the emotional health required
to use intellectual abilities fully such as exercising good judgment, promptly
completing all responsibilities associated with client care, and developing
mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with faculty, staff, peers,
clients, families, and healthcare workers.
Tolerate physically taxing workloads and function effectively under
Maintain composure while continuing to function
appropriately and professionally in myriad situations.
Adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to
function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of
Demonstrate team playing, compassion, integrity, concern for others,
interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation during the education process.
Recognize emergencies and be able to take the appropriate action.
Accept constructive criticism and respond appropriately by modifying
Ethical Standards—Demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior.
Perform in an ethical manner in all dealings with faculty, staff, peers,
clients, families, and healthcare workers regardless of race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran,
sexual orientation, marital status, or any other status protected by law.
Legal Standards—Submit to a criminal background check and/or drug
testing as required by policies of the college, clinical facility, and/or
regulatory agency. The student is responsible for any cost.