Harvard is one of only two towns in Massachusetts to offer an EMT cadet program for high school students, through a special waiver from the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS).
The Bromfield students selected to participate in the program complete a 140-hour EMT-Basic training course culminating in a state practical exam and a national written exam. Upon completing the class, EMTs respond to emergencies as a member of the Harvard Ambulance Service (HAS) under the tutelage of more experienced members of the service. Content covered in the curriculum includes: EMT safety and responsibilities, anatomy and physiology, lifting and moving patients, airway management, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies, behavioral emergencies, care of infants and children, geriatric care, pregnancy complications and childbirth, ambulance operations, poisons, allergic reactions, cardiac emergencies, and rescue operations.
How to apply
Enrollment for the 2017-2018 cadet class is closed. Applications for the 2018-2019 class open in late spring 2018. For the 2018 - 2019 class, students must have reached age 16 by December 31, 2018 Students who are eligible to take the course through HAS must complete a 300 word essay answering the following questions:
- Why do you want to become an EMT?
- Why do you believe you would make a good EMT?
Students must email the essay to Larry Miller, the cadet program coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). The email should include their name, date of birth, and telephone number.
The course will end in the early spring of 2018, at which time students must take and pass a final examination for the course. Once they have done this, they will take a Massachusetts state practical examination. The practical examination is comprised of four scenarios in which students must demonstrate their assessment and patient care skills. Upon successful completion of this practical, students are eligible to take a national written exam. This exam is a adaptive test taken on a computer and is comprised of 70 to 120 questions meant to test students’ knowledge of EMT operations and principles of effective patient care. Once both the practical and written examinations have been passed, students will receive an EMT-B certification and can begin giving patient care with HAS.