On this page, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Emergency Medical Technician training courses.
If you have a question that is not answered here, please let us know by phoning 014966933 - Option 2 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You should also take a look at our "Why choose Medicall for your EMT Course" page, which gives a great deal of information regarding what our course involves, including the added benefit items that none of our competitors are able to offer. You can view the page here (opens in a new window).
Q. Why choose Medicall for your EMT Training?
A. We are quite proud of our EMT Course offering. To see why, and to get a full answer to this question, click here. In summary, we use only the best and most state-of-the-art equipment, the best faculty, have our own ambulance fleet for clinical placements and offer over €600 worth of added extras bult into the course. As a result, we produce EMTs who are more rounded and capable of providing the highest possible standard of care to their patients.
Q. How often do you run EMT courses?:
A. We run both Part-time and Full-time courses:
Generally the Part-time courses are run three times a year (Spring, Summer and Autumn) in multiple locations around the counry, including:
- At our Headquarters in Dublin 17
- Midleton, Co. Cork
- Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
- Athlone, Co. Westmeath
- Limerick City, Co. Limerick
- Waterford City, Co. Waterford
Classes run from 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Generally, the Full-time courses are run three times a year (Spring, Summer and Winter) in our Headquarters in Dublin 17.
Classes run from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays.
Courses can also be run elsewhere in Ireland depending on demand.
To date we have also ran courses in Cavan, Galway, Letterkenny & Mayo.
Q. What are the job opportunities in Ireland like?
A. Once qualified, you can apply to register with the Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council (www.phecit.ie) to be permitted to practice at EMT level in Ireland.
Many of our students have successfully applied for employment with the private ambulance services, the HSE ambulance service (both at EMT and student Paramedic levels), health and fitness clubs, hotels, swimming pools, security services, industrial fire services, allied health care settings and many other places where physical activities increase risk of injury, where specific health and safety issues might arise, or where large crowds may be present.
Q. Does the EMT qualification allow me to work abroad?
A. Regulations governing registration to practice your EMT skills vary from country to country. This has to do with differences in national treatment protocols and scope-of-practice issues outside the control of the Irish-accredited Training Institutes. It is suggested that you consult the national Registry in the relevant country for more detailed information.
Some countries' accredited Training Organisations offer accelerated training programmes which will allow applications for national registration within weeks of completing the necessary short conversion courses there.
A number of our students have used their EMT training as a basis to successfully apply to UK 3rd Level Institutions to train as Paramedics. Several UK Universities invite applications from Irish citizens for their degree courses.
Q. I am unemployed can I get funding for this course?
A. Since the 1st January 2012 Technical Employment Support Grants (TESG) are available to qualifying individuals. Please check with FÃS/Solus or your local Social Protection Office for further information on this and any other assistance which might be available to you.
Q Do I have to pay the full fee immediately or can I pay in stages?
A. The full course fee is €1,950 which covers all books and training. Exam fees are payable directly by you to PHECC and are currently €100. A booking deposit of €400 is required to secure your place on the course. This deposit is non-refundable once the course commencement date is less than four weeks away. Subsequently, a payment plan can be drawn up to suit you. All payments must be made by the start of the course, unless otherwise agreed in writing in advance.
Q. What about driving licences?
A. You do not need a driver's licence to train, or be registered as an EMT.
Q. When do the 40hr clinical placements take place?
A. Placements will take place at the end of the course period and will be divided into minimum of 4 X 10hr shifts or 5 x 8hr shifts (depending on station shfit pattern) on one of Medicall's fleet of ambulances based strategically across the country including in Dublin, Cork, Mayo, Kilkenny, Donegal, Kerry, Westmeath, Limerick and Galway. Arrangements for placements are flexible and we try to facilitate students as far as we possibly can.
Importantly, Medicall Training is the only private Training Institute who can guarantee quality placements on our own fleet of very active ambulances. You will not be "out-sourced" to third party service providers during your time with us. Nor will you be sitting around waiting for calls or cleaning ambulances! Students will have ample opportunity to observe patient treatment and interactions in a full range of medical and trauma related conditions during the course of their placements - you won't be bored!
As an added bonus for our EMT Students, we offer an additional forty hour block of placements, at no additional cost, in order to allow students gain more experience.
Before you sign-up for this Course with any other Training Institute ask them where, and with whom, you will be doing your placements. Then call us.............!!
Q. Are there any pre-requisites to do this course?
A. No previous experience is required to undertake this course, although any previous experience of First Aid, First Responder or CPR Training would obviously be of assistance to you to "break the ice". However, please don't worry! We will provide all the necessary training and support you need to confidently sit the NQEMT examinations at the end of the course. The majority of our students came to us with no previous experience whatsoever and are now successfully registered as EMTs with PHECC. You will experience plenty of support both from your team of Instructors and your fellow students during the course, and as you prepare for your exams.
We hope you will enjoy your time with us, and use your EMT qualification as a sound basis to developing a rewarding career in the health care sector in the future.
Q. What are my chances of passing the course?
A. This course is both challenging and highly rewarding. You will learn many new life-saving skills and patient care techniques during your time with us.
However, like so many other things in life, you will only get out of it what you put in to it! It is not simply enough to turn up for classes and hope all will be well. You should take a full and active part in all aspects of your classroom training and ambulance placements, as well as setting aside some time for study between classes.
Many of our students find it helpful to organise themselves into informal home study groups and swap class notes and study techniques.
Our class pass rates are among the best in the sector and our Students have achieved excellent results in recent PHECC exams.
Our percentage of students successfully completing exams and becoming EMTs has been the highest among private Training Institutions for the last two years runing (2014 and 2015)!!!