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EMT Short-term Technical Certification

EMT Short-term Technical Certification

This program is available at the Bellefontaine and Springfield - Downtown locations.

The EMT Course is a seven credit-hour very fast paced and labor intensive course that includes 150-180 hours of classroom, lab, and clinical/field education that can be completed in one semester. Upon successful completion of this course the student is eligible to take the National Registry and State Certification Examination at the basic level. Those who complete the course are prepared to work in an entry-level position in ambulance services and in fire divisions statewide. This course is the foundation course that serves as a stepping stone to full paramedic certification.

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Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of the Emergency Medical Technician certificate the graduate will be able to:

  • Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient's condition or extent of injuries to assess requirements for emergency medical care.
  • Administer appropriate emergency medical care based on assessment findings of the patient's condition.
  • Lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient to minimize discomfort and prevent further injury.
  • Perform safely and effectively the expectations of the job description.
Course Title Credits
EMS 1100 EMT Theory & Practice * 7
  Total credit hours 7
*Offered fall, spring and summer terms

Academic Requirements

Students entering EMS 1100 must:

  • Pass ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing placement tests with scores testing out of college preparatory reading and writing or pass with a C or better college preparatory courses (CPE 0200 for Reading, CPE 0300 with a B or CPE 0400 with a C for writing) prior to enrolling. 
  • Pass Quantitative Reasoning with a score of 250 or better, or pass with a grade of C or better the CPE 0500 prior to enrolling
  • Have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification for professional CPR or enroll in EMS 1171, Basic Life Support, concurrently.
  • Complete health requirements prior to attending clinical.
  • Complete criminal background check requirement prior to attending clinical.
  • Complete drug screen requirement prior to attending clinical if required by assigned clinical agency.

Students must be 17 years of age to take the state examination.

An individual seeking a career in emergency medical services should realize that to be successful, he/she must be emotionally stable, flexible and physically fit enough to perform the minimum entry-level job requirements.