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Emergency Room Technicians assist emergency department with patient care and clerical duties

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Data last updated October 2021

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Job Description

Assists emergency department staff with patient care and clerical duties. Cleans, inspects, and sets up emergency rooms, carts, and equipment. Orders supplies as needed. Provides wound care and assists with splints, slings, casts, and crutches. Measures and documents vital signs, performs EKGs, and collects lab samples. Responds to call lights and preps patients for physicians. High school education or equivalent and CPR/BLS certifications required, EMT or CNA certification preferred.

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Employment Outlook

Since emergency room technicians are typically trained as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or certified nursing assistants (CNAs), you can expect similar career outlooks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow faster than average, with a potential increase of 7% between 2018 and 2028. During the same time period, employment of nursing assistants is expected to grow 9%, which is faster than average. 


Certificate – 1 - 2 Years

Most technical colleges as well as some medical schools offer a CNA/EMT program