Anytime you’re preparing for training, it’s important to know what to expect. You want to make sure that you have everything you need before you apply and as you get ready to start your classes. Preparation is the key to success for many people, so our team at Mobile Medical Response has put together a brief guide of things you should do to get ready for EMT training in Northern Michigan.
Get a hepatitis B vaccine and TB test
Hepatitis B vaccines are recommended for infants and children up to 18 years of age. However, because they’re recommended, not everyone gets them. You might not have gotten a hepatitis B vaccine as a child or even before you went to school. The hepatitis B vaccine is required before starting your EMT program, so it’s recommended that you either find verification that you have received or get one.
In addition to getting a hepatitis B shot, get a tuberculosis test. You can go to your doctor’s office and ask for a TB test, then return two or three days later to have it read. Be sure to get verification of both the vaccine and test to present upon enrollment for EMT training courses.
Locate your vaccination records
Like getting a hepatitis B vaccine, it’s vital that you’re up to date on your MMR. If you’re not sure whether or not you’ve received the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, you can receive it again. As with the hepatitis B vaccine, be sure that you receive documentation that can verify that you’ve completed both doses.
Buy the textbook and course materials
Your textbook will be one of your greatest tools while going through EMT training. You’re going to be reading plenty about standard operating procedures, how to provide ambulatory medical care, and much more. Much of what you’ll be learning is in the textbook, so you’ll need to have it to keep up with the rest of the class. While you might have been able to earn your high school diploma or GED without cracking a textbook more than a few times, the same will not apply to your EMT training course.
Nowadays, having a textbook isn’t always sufficient for teaching classes. The integration of digital tools has enhanced the learning process for many students. While you might not be able to get in and use many of the online sources that you’ll get as a part of your training, it’s not a bad idea to get on our computer and familiarize yourself with the materials. Learning the platform’s navigation can help you understand what your teacher is talking about in class when they reference online tools.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a head start on the program before it starts. You can start reading through your book the day you pick it up, and you’ll already be ahead of the class. While those who start reading before their course starts might not fully understand what they’re reading, the material will at least be familiar to them once they have further instruction. The more comfortable you are with the course material before you get started, the better off you’ll be as the class progresses. EMT training courses are often short and intense classes that require students to study and keep up with the material outside of class.
Clear your schedule for class
Once you’ve enrolled in EMT training courses, it’s essential that you clear your schedule. Don’t plan on missing any classes for social activities, as your success in the course will determine your eligibility to test for certification. Of course, things in life are going to come up, and you might miss a class or two, but make your classes your priority so you can succeed.
Contact us to enroll
You can get started with EMT training in Northern Michigan by getting in touch with us at Mobile Medical Response. We teach EMT classes to prepare you for your certification exam and career. Reach out to our education office by calling 989-907-3698 or send a message with your inquiry using our online contact form.