2019-2020 Catalog

Allied Health Department

(44-48 credits)

Program Description

The Certificate of Completion in Emergency Services prepares students with fundamental knowledge and skills in emergency services including medical, firefighting, and emergency management. Courses provide opportunities for earning multiple certifications that prepare students for entry level positions in various emergency services including Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Operations.

The Program offers two tracks: the Emergency Management Track and the Emergency Health Services Track.  Each track provides students with opportunities to move into careers within emergency services. 

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates from SKC’s Emergency Services - Health Services Track will be eligible to test for registration as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or may continue in the program to earn additional certifications in areas of emergency management that qualify graduates for work as an incident manager, dispatcher, or communications officer. The degree also may be used as a step in a career pathway toward other allied health degrees.

Graduates from the Emergency Services - Emergency Management Track are prepared to work in emergency planning and operations.  The program emphasizes emergency operations within tribal communities and reservations. 

Program Requirements Specific to the Emergency Health Services Track

Admission to the Emergency Medical Technician course is limited. Students must meet requirements for the EMT course and meet with the program director prior to enrolling in the EMT course. Admission into the EMT course is based on a points system that will be available on September 11.

Requirements for the Emergency Medical Technician course include the following. All requirements must be complete and on file in the Allied Health Department before starting the EMT course.

  • Completion of an Application for Admission to the Winter Emergency Medical Technician course. The complete application and submission of required application documentations must be submitted to the Allied Health Department Head (275-4847) by October 23. Students will be notified of admission within two weeks of October 23. Students must CONFIRM their intention to enroll in the program by November 17.
  • Documentation of 11th grade reading level or above on TABE placement test. Contact the Department of Academic Success (275-4792) for information about the placement test.  Provide copy with EMT application.
  • Documentation of Hepatitis B, Tetanus, and a current Tuberculosis Skin Test completed within the prior six months before the course starts.  Provide copy with EMT application.
  • Documentation of health insurance, IHS beneficiary status, Medicaid, or Medicare coverage.  Provide copy with EMT application.
  • Ability to pass a federal background check.
  • Emergency Medical Technicians may be required to lift up to 100 pounds. Applicants with physical impairments that may impact their ability to lift or lean over should consult the program department chair for further information.
  • Other requirements as stated in the Emergency Medical Technician Student Handbook.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Emergency Services Certificate of Completion, students will be able to:

  1. Describe components of the Emergency Services System including federal, state, tribal, and local entities and their authority, responsibility, and requirements.
  2. Communicate clearly in written and verbal form with emergency services providers and the general public.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking in formulating effective response to natural and man-made disasters.
  4. Describe the specific needs of rural and tribal communities related to emergency services.
  5. Act within legal and ethical frameworks of emergency services practice.
  6. Complete course requirements for application to take the EMT Registry Examination.