Registration is now open for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training offered through RSU Works, www.rsuworks.com.
EMT classes begin Monday, January 14. Details are available on the RSU Works website, including day and evening class schedules. Classes will meet on the RSU Claremore campus in the Health Sciences building.
RSU Works is a workforce education initiative launched in fall 2017 by RSU Public TV and Rogers State University. RSU Works offers short-term industry certificate training and personal development courses to residents throughout northeast Oklahoma.
Cost for this new EMT training option through RSU Works is $1,500, including the book and blood pathogens class. Students will be required to purchase a uniform and cover the costs for any immunizations, background checks or drug testing required. The additional costs are estimated to be up to $350. Enrollees must pay a non-refundable down-payment of $200 upon registration.
“Upon successful completion of EMT training through RSU Works, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT exam and apply for Oklahoma licensure,” said instructor Larry Brewer. “This training not only opens doors to a rewarding career, it is also a pathway for career advancement and pay benefits.” Brewer has been an EMS instructor since 1993. In addition to teaching, he also works as a flight paramedic with Tulsa Life Flight.
The demand for emergency medical workers in Oklahoma and across the nation is “bright,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor which tracks workforce trends throughout the state and nation. The EMT industry certificate is recognized throughout the United States. In Oklahoma, the demand for licensed EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 11 percent by 2026. Current data shows a projected growth in annual job openings of around 280. There are currently 3,780 licensed EMTs and paramedics employed throughout the state.
“Adding an EMT industry certificate to the RSU Works catalog is a direct response to a healthy job outlook for trained emergency workers in our region and across Oklahoma,” said Royal Aills, RSU TV general manager and supervisor of the RSU Works program.