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May 1, 2013 10:20 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

EMT course teaches students how to prepare for the worst

TUCSON- In an emergency when everyone else panics, there are people we depend on to take control.

It's a tough job for Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMTs, a job that requires extensive training.

Tucson's Warrior School offers a 21-day EMT training program, where students like Bridget Geary, a former phlebotomist, can learn all about what it takes to be an emergency responder. "I love the fast-paced trauma and having to think on your feet," Geary says.

The program runs five days a week, for eight hours a day. "We do clinicals and ride-alongs with the fire department," says Bryan DeJonghe, who hopes to work as a firefighter. "It's hands on."

The students also spend time in the classroom, role-playing in different emergency situations.

They are important lessons, even if you're not interested in a career in the medical field. "We've actually had new parents take the class just to be prepared for when they have their baby," says Instructor Brian Oosterbaan.

By the end of four weeks, the students will know all about human anatomy, medicine and how to keep themselves and others safe, before jumping into the scene.

Once the students wrap up the program, they will earn their certification from the Warrior School. They have to take the national exam to be certified in Arizona.

The four week program costs $1,975. The next session begins on June 2.

To learn more about the Warrior School's EMT training: www.warriorschool.com/courses/medical-training/emt-b-immersion-program-21-days/

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