An emergency medical technician course will be offered at the Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland starting Sept. 9.

The program, co-sponsored by the school and the Regional EMS Council, will cover training goals and objectives for students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation for those who have become critically ill or injured who access the EMS system (911).

EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response and perform interventions using basic equipment from an ambulance in conjunction with advanced life support. EMTs serve as a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. This new 160-hour program includes all areas of emergency care and operations at the basic level, including a health care provider CPR course, clinical and field experiences, as well as preparation to pursue EMT licensure in Maine

The deadline for registration is Aug. 28. The course is scheduled to start Sept. 9 and continue through Jan. 15, 2011. The course will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The instructor will be Jane Moore, a paramedic and Maine EMS coordinator. The cost of the course is $725 plus the textbook. There are payment options available. For registration or more information, call 785-5000 or visit midcoastems.com.