About this course
The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council accredited NQEMT Emergency Medical Technician Programme is designed to meet the needs of prospective EMT’s who wish to enter the field of Pre-Hospital Care. The programme employs a blended approach to education utilising current technology blended with practical hands on experience to offer students a rounded education in pre-hospital emergency care.
This programme is delivered by a highly experienced faculty with extensive educational qualifications and experience in emergency medical education. Our faculty member profiles can be viewed below or see a full list of the DX2 faculty on our team page.
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- The recommended minimum age for entry is eighteen.
- Certification in CFR (CFR Advanced or CFR Community). Certification in Occupational First Aid or First Aid Response
- All course participants should be mature enough to comprehend the knowledge, skills and implications associated with defibrillation and have a maturity to complete assessment to receive certification.
- This course is delivered in English as such an acceptable level of English to assimilate and relay the information in the course is required. For further information see our English Language policy
- An application interview is conducted for each prospective EMT student.
This programme is delivered in two formats – Part time and Blended Part time . Each format will consist of a minimum of 120 direct contact hours and a minimum of 40 clinical placement hours.
Part Time Programme:
This route shall be delivered over two weekend days (9.30-5pm) ) per week for 10 weeks excluding bank holiday weekends.
Blended Part Time Programme:
This route shall be delivered over four modules each taking approx one month to complete, with a mixture of online lectures, tutorials and practical workshop days. This format is ideal for learners with experience in blended education who would like to complete the programme over an extended time period.
Learning Outcomes for the EMT Standard
The education and training standard is the expected competency of the student upon completion of a recognised course. A graduate, at the end of a recognised EMT course, will be able to:
- Provide the appropriate standard of patient care for Interfacility transfers and pre-hospital emergency care services.
- Safely and appropriately access, retrieve and transport patients.
- Adopt a professional approach to their practice.
- Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional competence.
A number of key domains arise from the course outcomes and are listed below. Note that these domains can cross over into more than one course outcome.
Learning Outcome 1
Provide the appropriate standard of patient care for Interfacility transfers and pre-hospital emergency care services, including:
- Recognition and assessment of both life-threatening and common serious medical and trauma conditions.
- Selection of an appropriate patient management plan, application of appropriate interventions, and the correct monitoring of the patient according to PHECC clinical practice guidelines and scope of practice.
- Appropriate on-going maintenance of the patient care record (PCR) and utilisation of best communication practice including patient handover procedures.
Learning Outcome 2
Safely and appropriately access, retrieve and transport patients.
Learning Outcome 3
Adopt a professional approach to their practice, by:
- Retaining a professional manner and method in the performance of their duties
- Basing their professional practice on a solid foundation of both basic and clinical sciences.
- Utilising best practice as prescribed by standard pre-hospital emergency care operationalprocedures.
Learning Outcome 4
Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional competence.
- Maintaining personal well-being and professional relationships with colleagues
- Identify with the role of the EMT
The learning objectives in the standard refer to the management of adults and paediatric patients unless stated otherwise. The standard of care management for patients with general medical emergencies and trauma is outlined in PHECC clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and includes medication administration where indicated.
Upon successful completion of this programme, students shall be nominated to sit the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council EMT Examinations. Upon successful completion of the NQEMT examinations. Students shall receive the National Qualification in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT Level) from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and shall be placed on the PHECC register as an EMT with a pin number assigned.
Students will be continually assessed throughout the Programme on the practical skills acquired.
There is also a formative assessment consisting of:
Learners are asked to review the examination handbook available on this page prior to course commencement.
STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE PHECC NQEMT EXAMINATIONS POST COURSE COMPLETION
Full information is available in the examination handbook available on this page.
Uniform consisting of Work shirt, Polo shirt x2 and High Vis
EMT Pouch with Stethoscope, Pen lights, Trauma Shears, Scissors, Tweezers and seatbelt cutter
Student EMT Card
Comprehensive suite of Text Books
12 Month Access to DX2 Institute of Pre-Hospital Education Electronic Learning Management System
Garda Vetting Costs
Examination Preparation Sessions
Online Live Tutorials
EMT Patch upon successful completion of NQEMT Examinations
Job interview with prospective employers following successful completion of the programme and successful admittance to the PHECC Register at EMT Level.
Students will also have access to the following programmes
Students are responsible for payment of PHECC examination fees, paid directly to PHECC on booking of their NQEMT examinations. Further information can be found on the PHECC website by clicking here
Students undertaking clinical placement on an ambulance must be covered for the standard health vaccinations particularly Hep B. Evidence of cover will be required from each EMT student prior to undertaking clinical placements. If no cover currently exists, DX2 shall assist the EMT student with vaccinations required.
Flexible payment options available and finance is available through our finance partner Flexifi with repayments as little as €100 per month. contact a member of the team for more information or find out more about buy now pay later below.
On successful completion of this NQEMT award, learners will have EMT Practitioner status with registry on The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council website.
Successful participants will also have access to DX2 Partitioner programmes such as Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Emergency Paediatric Care (EPC) and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS).
Participants will also have opportunities for applying to DX2 UK Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) Programme or ORMS HCPC Approved Paramedic Programme. In addition students may apply to National Ambulance Service Student Paramedic Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree course.
Dual Qualification Opportunity
NEW: Dual PHECC EMT & FutureQuals ECA
For 2021 Students may choose to complete the Futurequals Level 3 Diploma Ambulance Emergency & Urgent Care Support award in conjunction with their PHECC NQEMT Course. In order to achieve this award students will be required to:
- Complete an additional Module on DX2 Academy.
- Ensure Successful completion of DX2 MCQ’s, Assignments & Assessments on the EMT Programme.
- Successfully complete their NQEMT Examinations
- Complete a Portfolio of Evidence for the ECA Qualification as the programme progresses.
An additional fee of €500 is payable for those wishing to complete the diploma. For further information please contact a member of the team.
DX2 Training Solutions is committed to providing equal access to all learners regardless of their gender, marital status, family status, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic/national origins or membership of the travelling community. We are committed to ensuring that the learning environment is as inclusive and as accessible as possible.
We have developed an overview of the supports available to learners while studying at our institution. Should you require learner supports please indicate this on your learner registration from in the supports section or by contacting our administration team.
Computer literacy– A dedicated “familiarisation” session is available to students as part of their programme to assist with basic computer skills required for their programme.
Availability of Technology – DX2 provides an “IT loan” system which allows students the ability to borrow laptops or tablets with internet access, subject to availability and loan criteria.
Literacy- Under certain circumstances for programmes we have the ability to facilitate oral examinations where a literacy issue has been identified.
Language – We have some of our course books available in different languages and can provide these on request, in addition the translate app may be used on DX2 tablet devices for specific language difficulties.
Impaired mobility- where a learner meets the entry criteria for programmes the assignment of accessible training room and ground level toilet facilities will be ensured.
Mental Health- DX2 provides access to CISM trained staff for students who require this level of assistance. In addition where possible, assessments etc will be structured singularly or at a time suiting to the students’ needs e.g. Completing the assessment first/last.
Sensory disability – Microphones are available to enhance audio for learners, we also utilise the ‘Hand Talk’ application to translate instructor speech to ASL using a virtual avatar on screen on a tablet provided to learner.
Mentorship – Learner groups are assigned a Programme Director who will fulfil the role of mentor for the learner group, advising, supporting and providing one to support where necessary. Programmes of a longer duration may have an additional learner mentor assigned. In addition certain programmes will include 1:1 meetings between learner and mentor to support the learning.
Physical Library – A library of hardcopy books is available to learners onsite who would like to engage in further reading or study. Subject to library loan criteria.
Virtual Library/Resources – A suite of virtual support materials is available to students, specific to their programme of study including virtual textbooks, video tutorial supports, interactive quizzes and other virtual supports. These supports are accessible from the programme Moodle or teams platform specific to the programme of study.
Technical Support – Technical support to cover IT platform issues or challenges is available to learners for the duration of their programme. Specific information regarding IT supports will be provided on programme induction.
Intellectual disability – we welcome learners of all abilities provided the course prerequisites are achieved. We provide support to learners with known intellectual disability including adapted notes (coloured paper or visual), earphones to control volume, additional breaks where required, video supports created to support the learner, 1:1 tutorials and other specific supports for individual learners identified by need.
Religious – We have provided a space for use as prayer room
Breastfeeding mothers – we have provided a quiet space for breastfeeding mothers to express.
Financial/monetary: Approved provider with SOLAS/INTRO to deliver training for DSP funded candidates. Learner loan scheme available through a provider flexifi with flexible payment terms and rates. Flexible payment plans individualised for each programme.
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Our Emergency Medical Technician Faculty Members
Dan Davern MSc BSc GDip NQEMT AP MCPara
Managing Director & Tutor
Dan is Managing Director here at DX2. While his main responsibility is the oversight of our organisation he is also dedicated to providing exceptional service to our clients, the delivery of our training programmes and business development. Dan currently holds a BSc in Analytical Science, Msc in Fire & Explosive Engineering, Dip in Continuing Education and Training, Dip in sports Psychology, Dip in Emergency Medical Technology, GDip in Emergency medical science giving him Advanced Paramedic status on the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Register, Msc in Emergency medical science from UCD and numerous other qualifications which can be seen on his Linkedin profile. Dan is also an emergency medical educator at The Graduate Entry Medical School at University of Limerick and holds a PHECC educational award at Tutor Level.
Terry Dore MSc BSc GDip NQEMT AP MCPara
Programme Director & PHECC Facilitator
Terry has been on faculty with DX2 Training Solutions since 2010 and currently serves as Director of Pre-Hospital Education. He currently holds a Dip in Emergency Medical Technology from Royal College of Surgeons, a GDip in Emergency Medical Science from UCD giving him Advanced Paramedic status here in Ireland, a BSc in Paramedic studies from University of Limerick, an MSc in Emergency Medical Science form UCD and a graduate diploma in medical education from RCSI. Terry is a multi disciplined PHECC Facilitator and manages in the delivery of our practitioner education programmes. Terry is registered with the Health Care Professions Council in the UK as a Paramedic in addition to his Irish registration with PHECC at advanced paramedic level. Terry is affiliate faculty for NAEMT, he oversees the delivery of our suite of NAEMT programmes and faculty development in accordance with NAEMT regulations. Terry has been appointed as an assessor of applications for recognition of overseas qualifications by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and is a facilitator for Critical Incident Stress Management within the EMS sector
Derek Fox MSc GDip NQEMT AP
Derek has been a faculty member with DX2 since 2012, he currently holds a Dip in Emergency Medical Technology from Northeastern University in the USA, a GDip in Emergency Medical Science from UCD giving him Advanced Paramedic status here in Ireland and an Msc in Emergency Medical Science. Derek is a multi disciplined instructor delivering multiple courses across our suite and specialises in the delivery of Paediatric Education for Pre-Hospital professionals and our Emergency First Response course. Derek is currently a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Examiner and facilitator.
Gerry Condron GDip Dip NQEMT AP
Paul Creevey MSc GDip Dip NQEMT AP
Troy Taylor BBs Dip NQEMT P
Dermot Murray GDip Dip NQEMT AP
Dermot has been on faculty with DX2 Training Solutions since 2010, he currently holds a Dip in Emergency Medical Technology from Northeastern university in the United States, a GDip in Emergency Medical Technology from UCD giving him Advanced Paramedic status here in Ireland and a Dip in continuing education and training from NUIM . Dermot is a multi disciplined instructor delivering multiple courses across our suite. Dermot is also an associate faculty member with University College Dublin, supervising student advanced paramedics during their internship phase.
Paudge Gibson Msc GDip BSc Dip NQEMT AP
Paudge was appointed to faculty at DX2 in 2020. Paudge is a passionate pre-hospital professional with extensive experience, both working and teaching in the field of prehospital care in Ireland, between his service in the voluntary and statutory emergency services. In addition, Paudge has a strong background in analytical thinking, education and research; having completed his undergraduate training as a microbiologist (BSc Hons), a MSc in Emergency Management and a QQI Level 7 Certificate in Adult Education and Learning. Paudge completed his graduate diploma (advanced Paramedic) at University College Dublin in 2014, giving him advanced paramedic registration in Ireland and also holds a PHECC educational award at Tutor level
Liam Rooney BSc GDip NQEMT AP
Liam has been a faculty member with DX2 Training Solutions since 2017, he currently holds a Dip in Emergency Medical Technology from RCSI, a BSc in paramedic studies from the University of Limerick and a graduate diploma in emergency medical science from UCD giving him Advanced Paramedic status here in Ireland. Liam is a multi disciplined faculty member delivering multiple courses across our suite, Liam specialises in the delivery of Geriatric Education for EMS professionals.
Peter Thorpe MSc BSc NQEMT AP MCPara
Pete has been a faculty member with DX2 Training Solutions since 2018, he currently holds an MSc and BSc in paramedic science giving him Paramedic status here in Ireland and HCPC Paramedic status in the UK. Pete is a multi disciplined faculty member delivering multiple courses across our suite and specialises in the delivery of our practitioner education programmes. Pete is also a faculty member of RCSed and several universities in the UK delivering paramedic education.
Rob Day GDip NQEMT AP
Robbie has been a faculty member with DX2 since 2017, he currently holds a Dip in Emergency Medical Technology from Northeastern University in USA giving him Advanced Paramedic status here in Ireland. Robbie has worked in EMS in multiple jurisdictions such as USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE and UK, Robbie is currently practicing as a HCPC registered paramedic with the Welsh Ambulance Service. Robbie is a multi disciplined tutor delivering multiple courses across our suite and specialises in the delivery of our pre-hospital education programmes.
Rory Prevet GDip NQEMT AP
Rory has been a faculty member with DX2 since 2019, he currently holds a Dip in Emergency Medical Technology from Royal College of Surgeon and a GDip in Emergency Medical Science from UCD giving him Advanced Paramedic status here in Ireland. Rory is a multi disciplined tutor delivering multiple courses across our suite and specialises in the delivery of our pre-hospital education programmes . Rory is currently a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Examiner.
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