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2014 -2015 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2014 -2015 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cardiac Rescue Technician Certificate (525)

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A cooperative program between Shore Health System and Chesapeake College.

Award: Certificate

Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Cardiac Rescue Technician Certificate provides an opportunity for EMT certified individuals to acquire the Cardiac Rescue Technician skills necessary to sit for the national certification (at the EMT-Intermediate level) and take the state protocol examination for CRT.

Program Description: The Cardiac Rescue Technician Certificate program is a two-semester, 11-month credit program designed to prepare EMTs to become nationally registered EMT Intermediates and Maryland licensed Cardiac Rescue Technicians. The curriculum includes didactic, laboratory and clinical training, and covers advanced patient assessment, pharmacology, airway management, trauma, respiratory, and cardiac emergencies. A grade of “C” or better in the CRT courses is required to progress in the program. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or the Nursing and Allied Health Advisor in planning an appropriate program.

Program Goals:  The Cardiac Rescue Technician Certificate program will:

  • Maintain a National Registry pass rate that is at least 10% higher than the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) standard and a retention rate that exceeds CAAHEP standards.
  • Prepare students for entry-level employment as a CRT and for further study in the field.

Student Learning Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Implement advanced patient assessments, clinical skills and therapeutic procedures on medical and trauma patients.
  • Development treatment plans for patients suffering from medical illness or traumatic injuries.
  • Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and other medical professionals.
  • Evaluate professional responsibilities concerning ethical issues that may be present in an emergency medical services environment.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess and treat patients in emergency settings.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent (official transcripts required).
  2. Current BLS CPR Certification.
  3. Maryland EMT Basic Certification and a Nationally Registered EMT.
  4. Admissions application to Chesapeake College.
  5. Completion of the College’s placement exams in English, reading, and mathematics administered through the Division of Student Success and Enrollment Services.
  6. An acceptable score on the English and reading placement exams or completion of ENG 093+  / ENG 094+  and MAT 023  (if indicated through the placement process) prior to beginning this program of study.

Admissions Procedures: Candidates will be selected based on a point system with residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties being given priority.

  1. Apply for admission to Chesapeake College.
  2. Request program information and application from the Chesapeake College Center for Allied Health.
  3. Complete program application form and the College’s placement exams. Completed documentation must be submitted to the Center for Allied Health prior to March 31.
  4. The applicant’s ALS affiliation must complete the EMS Applicant Evaluation Form and mail the completed form to the EMS Program Director for review and inclusion in the application packet.
  5. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Committee reserves the right to request an interview to obtain additional information or clarification.


Enrollment in the CRT program is limited and selection is competitive. Meeting the program requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.


Ms. Lorraine Holden
Nursing and Allied Health Advisor
Room C-218, Wye Mills Campus
410-822-5400, ext. 2203

Mr. Jon Longest
Program Director
Chesapeake College Center for Allied Health
410-822-5400 or 827-5817, ext. 2724

Program Requirements:

[Courses Appear in Recommended Sequence.]

Winterim Session I

Minimum Required Credits: 16


Field work, clinical placements, and certification/licensure may involve drug testing and/or background checks performed at the student’s expense.


+ See course description for details.

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