Emergency Room Technician Education Requirements and Career Info

Emergency room technicians provide specialized assistance to nurses and physicians in the emergency room. They administer tests and assist with diagnostic exams and therapeutic procedures. Many schools offer certificate programs to train prospective emergency room technicians. Read on to learn more about entering this job field.

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Emergency Room Technician Education Requirements

Prerequisites

Aspiring emergency room technicians may look to community colleges and other postsecondary institutions for training. Participants generally need to be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Prior to enrolling and participating in externships, applicants may need to complete additional prerequisites such as showing proof of current immunizations and submitting to a criminal background check.

Education Info

Educational requirements for emergency room technicians may vary from state to state. Some hospitals require prospective technicians to have completed a certificate program. Several schools offer formal emergency room technician certificate programs, and occasionally associate's degree programs.

Coursework generally includes training in respiratory and cardiac care, anatomy, physiology, emergency childbirth and trauma treatment. Emergency room technicians may also be required to complete emergency medical technician (EMT) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

Externships

In addition to coursework and lab studies, students may need to complete externships to obtain hands-on learning experiences. Externships are held at local medical facilities, under the supervision of medical staff, and are designed to allow students to practice what they've learned in hospital settings. Procedures they may practice include catheter insertion and reading EKG outputs.

Career Information for Emergency Room Technicians

Under the supervision of nurses and doctors, emergency room technicians provide support services to patients and staff by performing medical procedures and clerical duties. They may take blood samples, suture lacerations, hook patients up to medical devices, prepare them for procedures and assist doctors with exams. They may also be responsible for care and maintenance of certain kinds of medical equipment.

Salary Information for Emergency Room Technicians

According to Payscale.com, the hourly wage of most certified emergency room technicians ranged from $9.62 to $17.38 as of July 2014. Most of these professionals earned between $20,200 and $38,878 per year. The median salary for ER technicians with 0-5 years of experience was $26,000 as of 2014.

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