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Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

This intensive 3-course program includes lectures, hands-on practice and techniques for: introduction to emergency care, bleeding and shock, soft tissue injuries, environmental emergencies, lifting and moving patients, emergency childbirth, and much, much more. At the end of the training, successful participants are qualified for the National Registry of EMT’s examination.

Employment Information

$35,194 starting annual wage

$53,830 average annual wage

$87,630 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

Jobs in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) field are currently in high demand. There is a shortage of qualified workers and many available positions to fill. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMT employment is expected to grow faster than average in upcoming years. This is due to a number of factors, including the need for 24-hour care, and the aging of a large percentage of the population. Aside from job security, a career as an EMT also offers you the chance to become an important part of your community, and to truly help people in their most dire time of need.

The average annual wage in this field is $53,830, with an earning potential of about $87,630 per year.*


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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • EMS 121EMT I Fundamentals of Emergency Care4 credits

    This course, first in a 3-course series, covers the basic structure of EMS, and the fundamentals of emergency patient care. Topics include: EMS systems, workplace safety and wellness, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, vital signs, airway management and patient assessment.

  • EMS 122EMT II Medical Disorders and Emergencies4 credits

    This is the second course in the EMT series, and covers the common medical conditions, emergencies, and field treatment for acutely ill patients by EMS responders. Topics include: cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic, psychiatric, endocrine and other non-traumatic medical emergencies.

    EMS 121

    Future Offerings
    3/21-4/22TThSa 6:00p-9:30pGRIFFITH DOpenings: 11
  • EMS 123EMT III Traumatic Emergencies and Special Circumstances4 credits

    In the third and final course in the EMT series, the student will learn how to deal with injuries caused in traumatic accidents, emergencies in special patient populations, such as pregnancy, neonates and pediatrics, and geriatrics. Students will also learn about other specialized EMS Operations, to include: emergency vehicle safe driving practices, incident management, interfacing with Advanced Life Support, and disaster response. A cumulative capstone written and practical skills exam will be given at course/series completion.

    EMS 122

    Future Offerings
    4/25-5/23TThSa 6:00p-9:30pGRIFFITH DOpenings: 11

Program Entry Information

Applications for program entry are typically due 6 weeks prior to the start of the quarter. The applications for the Winter/Spring program closed on January 20, 2017. The applications for the Fall 2017 cohort are due by July 28, 2017. Acceptance notifications for fall will be sent via email the week of July 31st, 2017. The first night of class will be September 5, 2017. Candidates from sponsored agencies are given priority consideration for program admission.

Please note: Students accepted to the Fall 2017 program must attend the first night of class which is the program orientation. Details TBA in your acceptance notification.

Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to:

Bellingham Technical College Attn: Therese Williams, H1 3028 Lindbergh Avenue Bellingham, WA 98225

Program Start

Entry Requirements

Students must possess the aptitude and ability to perform critical thinking in the field. Students with poor reading comprehension may need to improve their abilities before taking the EMT Program.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Must be 17 years of age prior to the first day of the course. Students must be 18 by the end of the program.
  • High school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Current American Heart Association BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Card. (We require infant, child, adult CPR and training on an AED.)
  • Current First Aid card.
  • 4-hour Infectious Disease Prevention for EMS Provider’s class, or 7 hours HIV/AIDS education.

Program Application/Forms

  • Proof of immunization or positive titer for the following: (SJH Contractual Requirement for all students) Rubeola (two immunizations or positive titer), Mumps (two immunizations or positive titer), Rubella (one immunization or positive titer), Varicella (two immunizations or positive titer), One TDAP immunization, Annual Influenza immunization – (to include location and date immunization was done). Record of Hepatitis B vaccine series (or declination form available at BTC)
  • Emergency Medical Technician Application
  • Successfully pass a national criminal background check.
  • Must have a current Driver's License.
  • Verification of health insurance, either personal or through an employer.
  • Basic Urine Drug Test
  • Tuberculin PPD test within last 12 months.
  • If affiliated/sponsored: Application with attachments and signature from affiliated organization.
  • If non-affiliated/sponsored: Application with attachments and signature for non-affiliated applicants. NOTE: Non-affiliated students have one year from the completion of the course to meet the affiliation requirement to be certified by the State of Washington. Affiliated status with a fire department or ambulance service must be attained before participants are eligible for State EMT Certification. Students must also submit BTC Placement test results.

Physical Requirements

  • Physical strength adequate to perform the normal functions of an EMT, including the ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 125 lbs.

Students must have access to a computer with high speed internet as many program components and testing are done online.

Students, either prior to entering the program, or before course three (EMS 123), are encouraged to have taken a Hazardous Materials Awareness course. It is also recommended only that students complete the IS 100.a and IS 700.a courses, available from the FEMA website ( as the NREMT exam will address these areas in more depth than in covered in the EMT Program.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of the EMS system, safety/well-being of the EMT, and medical/legal and ethical issues to the provision of emergency care, apply fundamental knowledge of the anatomy and function of all human systems to the practice of EMS.
  • Use foundational anatomical and medical terms and abbreviations in written and oral communication with colleagues and other health care professionals.
  • Apply knowledge of the pathophysiology of respiration and life span development to patient assessment and management.
  • Apply knowledge of the medications that the EMT may administer.
  • Apply knowledge (fundamental depth, foundational breadth) of anatomy and physiology to patient assessment and management in order to assure a patent airway, adequate mechanical ventilation, and respiration for patients of all ages, and apply scene information and patient assessment findings (scene size-up, primary and secondary assessment, patient history, reassessment) to guide emergency management.
  • Apply knowledge to provide basic emergency care and transportation based on assessment findings for an acutely ill patient.

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Therese Williams

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Degrees and Certifications

B.A., Communications, Western Washington University

Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician, Washington State Department of Health

Certificate, Senior EMS Instructor Recognition, Washington State Department of Health

Certificate, EMS Evaluator Approval, Washington State Department of Health

Certificate, Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor, American Heart Association

Certificate, BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED), American Heart Association

Certificate, BLS Regional Faculty Appointment, American Heart Association

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info

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