So you're interested in saving lives, huh?
If so, you're on the right track!
Community Ambulance (one of the largest and most well known EMS agencies in the state of Georgia) has served Georgia communities for over 38 years. In an effort to continue to help the EMS industry grow, and increase the number of qualified, talented first responders out there, we decided to start our own academy. The Community Ambulance EMS Academy houses several different programs, including our new BearaMedics program.
What is a Bearamedic?
Community Ambulance was founded in Macon almost four decades ago and since then, has grown to serve ten counties across the state. As one of the state's leading EMS agencies, especially in providing rural pre-hospital care, we hope to do everything we can to help foster quality clinical education to Georgia's future healthcare providers. That's why it only makes sense that Community Ambulance should partner with Mercer University, one of Georgia's most elite educational institutions, to help provide hands on clinical experience that will compliment the student's undergraduate studies and provide real life experience working in a patient care environment. Bearamedics are Mercer students who, while enrolled at Mercer, wish to begin their clinical training by obtaining EMT certification through the Community Ambulance EMS Academy. EMT certification takes approximately six months and class meets once weekly. Classes are designed to accomodate the busy schedules of fulltime college students and even take time off during college finals weeks.
- Begin your clinical experience now, treating patients as a licensed EMT.
- Once you complete your EMT-B certification, you will have the oppotunity to further your clinical knowledge by getting your AEMT, and eventually your Paramedic license.
- Work part-time, while still a fulltime Mercer student. Community Ambulance offers flexible scheduling options and even seasonal employment during school breaks.
- EMT courses are offered every six months, so apply today!
Course fee is $200 & includes:
- 6 month EMT hybrid course,including in class instruction twice weekly & online instruction
- Course texts & instruction materials
- Clinical uniform shirt
Guaranteed option for part-time employment, pending certification completion
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) industry is a relatively new industry. Although emergency care and transport have been in existence in some form for hundreds of years, the EMS industry as we know it today began taking shape in the 1970's. Founded in Macon in 1977, Community Ambulance (then known as Mid Georgia Ambulance), was among the first organized private services in the state of Georgia and since then, has remained among the top EMS agencies in the nation.
Community Ambulance is currently the only private EMS agency to be named a qualified training center by the American Heart Association (AHA), allowing us to offer the most up to date clinical curriculum available.
So what is EMS as we know it today and what role do emergency service providers play in patient care?
Whether it's by treating a traumatically injured patient at the scene of an accident, or transporting a critical pediatric patient to the local children's hospital, medics see it all. Paramedics and EMT's are truly the front lines of patient care. Far more than just a 'ride' to the hospital, our ambulances provide a mobile clinical setting which allows for lifesaving diagnostics and treatment to take place every single day.
For those who hope to one day pursue a career in healthcare, experience as an EMT or Paramedic can enhance clinical skills exponentially.
What working as an EMT or Paramedic on an ambulance will teach you:
1. Clinical readiness
In EMS, we simply don't have the luxury of scheduling every call. As an EMT, you are truly on the front lines of patient care and have to be ready to think quickly and make decisions about how to care for your patient.
In EMS, we care for patients in less than ideal settings. Whether it's at the scene of an accident, or while moving down the highway, medics must be able to implement creativity and resourcefullness in caring for their patient.
It's not all lights and sirens; Some of the most memorable calls you run will be non-emergent transports, caring for and stabilizing critically ill patients between treatments. These patients will remind you of the fragility and value of life and will help you learn some of the most important lessons in patient care.
4. Pre-hospital Intervention
In an emergency situation, time is everything. As a medic, you will learn about the signs, symptoms and presentation of life threatening conditions. The treatment and evaluation that takes place in the back of the ambulance is sometimes the determinant in whether the patient survives. While in route to the hospital, our medics have the capability to transmit an EKG to the hospital, allowing the hospital to take necessary measure to prepare for the patient's arrival.