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School of Medicine Greenville

  • Student EMTs load a patient on a stretcher into an ambulance.

EMT Training and Certification

Ride into real-world health crises as an emergency medical technician. The USC School of Medicine Greenville was the first school in the country to integrate EMT training and certification into its first-year medical curriculum.

Your EMT Experience

EMT training takes you behind the scenes to get a first-hand look at many of the challenges and issues in health care delivery. Seeing patients in their homes provides you with valuable insight about their care needs that you can’t learn from a hospital setting alone.

Become immersed in the clinical environment right after orientation. Get to know your classmates before you dive into the traditional curriculum.

Once certified, you will work as an EMT for 12 hours per month, with teams on ambulances and in the emergency department. EMT service will help build your skills in communication, focused patient assessment, documentation and patient safety. And you’ll link classroom learning to real-world clinical settings.

Throughout the program, you will keep patient logs and reflect on your experiences and how they relate to your integrated practice of medicine modules. Your EMT experiences may also inspire patient-centered research projects.

EMT-Basic is the utmost foundational training in medical care. Students will become prepared and appropriately confident to intervene and stabilize patients in any medical scenario. This course provides mastery of concepts that will build well-rounded physicians, regardless of their future chosen specialty.

Dr. Elizabeth Mannion, EMT training program director
Portrait of Thomas Blackwell

Disaster Day

Each year, USC School of Medicine-Greenville and Prisma Health-Upstate host a disaster exercise that caps off M1 EMT training.  The event, made possible by a grant from the Fluor Foundation, tests the readiness of local emergency responders through realistic simulations of life-threatening events.

The drill brings together an interdisciplinary team that includes prehospital and hospital clinicians, students from USCSOMG and Clemson University Nursing, faculty and staff of the respective institutions, and law enforcement, to deliver a coordinated response. 

To enhance the experience, organizers go to great lengths to capture the sights and sounds of an actual disaster event.

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