Next Full Course: March 8 - March 19** Dates subject to change due to COVID-19 rescheduling. Updated course dates will be posted as soon as they are available.
Next Refresher Course: February 8 - February 12** Dates subject to change due to COVID-19 rescheduling.
The Diver Medic Course at Divers Institute of Technology is designed to give the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform as an integral part of the diving team. Commercial divers routinely work in remote locations, often in depths that require days of decompression before they can be transported to the nearest treatment facilities that may be hundreds of miles away. Due to the inherently dangerous work that is done day by day, the industry standard for a designated Diver Medic on all employer-sponsored dives has been established by the USCG and OSHA to provide prompt and adequate treatment of injured divers.
- DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (First Aid, CPR, AED, and O2 Provider)
- Certificate of Completion* of National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) Certified Diver Medic training course (*with appropriate prerequisites)
- Certificate of Completion* of International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Diver Medical Technician course (*with appropriate prerequisites)
Students will be introduced to advanced critical skills and diagnostic tests to help make appropriate diagnosis and treatment decisions, with emphasis on effective communication with a diving physician and carrying out critical care by the physician’s direction. Students will get extensive practice doing advanced invasive procedures including Advanced Airway, Wound Closure (sutures and staples), Urinary Catheterization, Chest Decompression (needle thoracentesis, and chest tube placement), Intravenous Infusion, and Drug administration. Ten percent of the course will be taught by a diving physician, who will cover medical equipment, sterile procedures, and effects of drugs in diving. The final testing will be done in a practical setting inside the recompression chamber, along with a written exam.
Successful completion of the course will be determined by an 80% or greater on the written exam and proper diagnosis and treatment of a simulated casualty presented in the recompression chamber.
- $1800.00 for the 10-day full course (includes all text books, a Diver Medic Diagnostic Kit, and 60 hours of instruction).
- The 5-day, 30-hour refresher course for previously certified DMTs renewing their credentials is $900.00. For refresher classes, the Diagnostic Kit and textbooks are not included in the cost but may be purchased for an additional $600.00.
- A $100.00 non-refundable application fee is required at registration. This amount will be credited toward the total cost. The remaining balance is due 14 days before the class starts.
Upcoming Course Schedule:
Full course (10-day) :March 8, 2021 - March 19, 2021
May 17, 2021 - May 28, 2021
July 12, 2021 - July 23, 2021
September 13, 2021 - September 24, 2021
November 8, 2021 - November 19, 2021
Refresher (5-day):February 8, 2021 - February 12, 2021
April 12, 2021 - April 16, 2021
June 14, 2021 - June 18, 2021
August 9, 2021 - August 13, 2021
October 11, 2021 - October 15, 2021
December 13, 2021 - December 17, 2021
100% attendance for all 60 hours (full course) or 30 hours (refresher) is required.
Refund & Retest Policy:
If a student fails the written or practical exams or fails to complete the full 60 hours (30 hours in refresher), those course requirements may be made up during the next available refresher course opening at half-price ($450). Refunds will be issued for all amounts paid beyond the deposit if attendee cancels prior to the start of class. If the class is cancelled by DIT, the deposit will be refunded or applied to a future class.
DIT currently offers the NBDHMT (National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology) written exam only at the conclusion of the full course.
* Per the NBDHMT, “DMT certification exams will also have an on-line option by the second quarter of 2016.” This will allow those choosing to seek National Board certification an opportunity to certify prior to our next scheduled course and without the added expense of returning to Seattle.
*This post-graduate course is separate from the components of the core diving program and therefore is not accredited by the ACCSC. Any accreditation and certifications pertaining to the course are listed within the course description.*
The DMT course is open to firefighters, EMTs, commercial divers, military divers, combat medics and others who qualify. To qualify for certain DMT course certifications, you need to meet the following prerequisites for each category/certifying organization. If you do not meet either category of these prerequisites for the course, you may request an interview with the course director to determine your eligibility to attend the course and receive appropriate certifications.
Prerequisites for NBDHMT (EMT-background):
- A copy of an in-date emergency medicine training completion certification. Documentation can include any of the following: DOT/NHTSA approved training course certificate, Current National Registry of EMT or paramedic certification or Current State EMT, or higher, licensure/certification card.
- A “Fitness to Work in a Pressurized Setting” medical certificate. The applicant does not have to be deemed fit to dive. Rather, they should be considered medically fit to pressure-up in a recompression chamber.
- After completion of the training course has been satisfactory undertaken the DMT can apply to take the DMT certification examination. (Note: There is a $125 application fee to take the NBDHMT exam—not included in the above course cost.)
Prerequisites for Divers (DCBC/IMCA):
Individuals attending the course must be a graduate of a recognized commercial diving program. Those individuals who do not hold diving certifications recognized by IMCA will be awarded a Divers Institute of Technology Diver Medic Course Completion certificate. IMCA DMT Certificates shall be issued to those individuals that meet the following criteria:
- Must hold an International Dive Certification
- Must have a Current Dive Physical up to one year of the course start date
- Medical background is preferred but not required
Please also note that our Diver Medic program is NOT “PAY FOR PASS”. Your tuition guarantees your opportunity to sit through the didactic and practical portions of the course as well as take the final written and practical examinations for certification. This is a challenging course running 5 days per week and 6 hours per day. Candidates will need to plan for approximately 4-5 hours of self-study and reading beyond the curriculum requirements.
Maximum class size is 12 students. This allows maximum time dedicated to practical skills and scenario-based training.
Please submit all certificates/licensure two weeks before class starts. Failure to do so may result in a non refundable drop from enrollment.
Diver Medic Diagnostic Kit Contents:
- Chamber Safe MILSPEC bag
- Field Guide for the Diver Medic
- Care of the Injured Diver textbook
- Reflex Hammer
- Nasophyangeal Airway kit
- Orophyangeal Airway kit
- Trauma Shears
- Field ENT Kit with Otoscope
- Air Release System
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