Ambulance training includes courses in CPR, trauma care, patient assessment, fracture and spinal stabilization and the basics of utilizing life support equipment. Emergency management technicians are also trained to manage medical emergencies, use semi-automatic defibrillators and control hemorrhages.
Ambulance operators are often required to take courses in anatomy and physiology, cardiology, advanced respiratory care and pharmacology during the duration of their training program as a paramedic or emergency medical technician. Ambulance drivers may be required to take driver safety courses and pass a background check to ensure their driving record is sufficient to operate a medical vehicle.
Individuals enrolled in an accredited associate degree or undergraduate program may be required to take management and business courses and core curriculum in health administration and patient care. General education courses such as mathematics, English composition, science and general psychology are often required for degree-seeking programs in health care and emergency medical care.
Emergency medical technicians who operate ambulances can opt to also complete a certificate course that involves core courses in emergency care, trauma management and medical care. Most states require paramedics and emergency medical technicians to pass a state licensing exam before operating an ambulance or administering care to patients in emergency settings.