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Advanced Diver Medic (MedTech)

College or University: National Polytechnic College of Science

Type of degree: A.S.

Brief overview of program: Goal: To prepare students to provide immediate and responsible medical assistance at the scene of an injury or illness, particularly on offshore rigs and in other remote locations. Students gain the ability to provide basic life support and emergency first aid medical care for diving related injuries and diseases. The graduate is qualified to take the exam to be certified as an EMT-Basic by the National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians and receives the Advanced Diving Medical Technician certification through the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT).

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For the students that enter the workforce, what are the most common occupations that they pursue with this degree or certificate? MedTech training provides the students with the additional skills of a Diver Medic. These skills enhance employment opportunities for students desiring to work in the diving industry. The Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) recommends at least one qualified Diver Medic per shift on every commercial diving operation. Students also qualify to sit for the certified hyperbaric technician exam to become CHTs by the NBDHMT after completing additional chamber operation hours outside of the coursework. Some states and federal agencies require that an individual be 18 years of age to be qualified for licensure or certification. Certain felony convictions could impact certification as a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician and Diver Medical Technician.

Program Point of Contact: Shelly Mitchell


Institution address: 272 South Fries Avenue
                             Wilmington,CA 90744


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