The Arizona EMT Refresher Course is the NREMT required course for the EMT seeking to renew or re-certify. If this course is included with the additional CE requirements for a current NREMT EMT, and as specified by the NREMT, this course and the defined CE meets all the requirements for NREMT and an NREMT retest is not required. As well, this 24 hour course meets and exceeds Arizona Department of Health Services requirements for the EMT Refresher. The successful completion of this course, along with a valid Healthcare Professional CPR card, supporting documents, and a completed application satisfies the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of EMS requirements for renewal. However students wishing to renew their NREMT certification must complete an additional 48 hours of CE (to total 72 hours) for renewal without re-taking NREMT written exam. This course includes a total of 24 hours of education – 8 hours of curriculum being conducted on-line and 16 hours of in-classroom interactive learning and skills stations.
Successful coarse completion requires competency demonstration of NREMT defined skills and passing of a 150 question multiple choice exam by 70% or better.
The material covered in this course is divided into 7 modules. They are as follows; Preparatory, Airway Management, Patient Assessment, Medical Emergencies, Trauma Emergencies, Infants and Children and Operations.
A brief description of each module follows.
Module 1 – Preparatory
Topics covered in this module are: EMS systems, the role of the EMT-Basic, the safety and well-being of the EMT-Basic, legal and ethical issues, basic anatomy and physiology, techniques of lifting and moving patients.
Module 2 – Airway Management
Topics covered in this module are: airway anatomy, airway management techniques, oxygen and oxygen equipment
Module 3 – Patient Assessment
Topics covered in this module are: assessment of the medical and trauma patients, vital sign assessment, taking a patient history, documentation, and communication
Module 4 – Medical Emergencies
Topics covered in this module are: pharmacology, respiratory, cardiac, diabetic, allergy, poisoning and overdose, environmental, behavioral and obstetrical / gynecological emergencies
Module 5 – Trauma Emergencies
Topics covered in this module are: bleeding and shock, soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries, injuries to the head, neck, spine, chest and abdomen.
Module 6 – Infants & Children
Topics covered in this module are: physical and physiological differences between adult and pediatric patients, pediatric medical and trauma emergencies
Module 7 – Operations
Topics covered in this module are: ambulance operations, rescue and extrication, multiple patient situations, hazardous materials situations.