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Emergency Medical Technician

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Emergency Medical Technician - Certificate

Applications for the Spring 2021 Cohort is closed. Deadline to submit applications for Fall 2021 is August 6, 2021. Please see the EMT Program Overview & Application below.

Attend the online session and learn about our Nursing & Allied Health Programs, and about funding and student support resources that can help you get started at BTC.

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.

The EMT program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid as it does not meet the federal criteria for funding. Military Veterans can use GI Bill® education benefits*, see the BTC website Student Financial Resources for more information.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government Web Site at

Employment Information

$42,536 starting annual wage
$77,230 average annual wage
$94,432 potential annual wage
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 75th percentile

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Admissions application and assessment testing or college English course is required. Contact the Program Navigator Laura Doss 

We offer the EMT Program, Fall and Spring Quarters only. Candidates from affiliated/sponsored agencies are given priority consideration for program admission.

Applications for the Spring 2021 Cohort is closed. Deadline to submit applications for Fall 2021 is August 6, 2021. Please see the EMT Program Overview & Application above.

Applications for program entry are typically due 4 weeks prior to the start of the quarter.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine your acceptance into the Program. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at for assistance with academic planning.

Placement testing scores ACCUPLACER: Reading Comprehension score of 71 and Sentence Skills score of 71 or ACCUPLACER Next-Generation: Reading scores of 247 and Writing Score of 245 or RDG 085 and ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher or unofficial college transcripts.

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.

Program Application & Information

  • Applications may be mailed, faxed (360.752.7247) or emailed to
    Bellingham Technical College Attn: Billie Baker, HC 206 3028 Lindbergh Avenue Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Spring 2021-Detailed EMT Student Schedule

  • 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.

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 10.0a and IS 700.a courses, available from the FEMA website ( as the NREMT exam will address these areas in more depth than is covered in the EMT Program.

Note: Students accepted to the EMT Program must attend the first night of class which is the program orientation. Details TBA in your acceptance notification.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

The EMT Program does not require pre-program course completion. Instead, applicants are required to submit the following with your application:
  • Current BTC Application: Have applied online to within the last year. Please indicate EMT as your program of intent

  • Photocopy of valid Driver's License or photo ID

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED completion-Copy of college unofficial transcripts or diploma, GED or high school transcripts

  • Minimum age: Students may be 17 years of age at the start of the program, but must be 18 upon completion

  • Completed and signed Criminal History Background Check Self-Disclosure form

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.

AFTER admissions acceptance into the program and prior to beginning program classes students must submit proof of all Clinical Placement Requirements.

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 12

  • Quarter 1

  • EMS 121EMT I Fundamentals of Emergency Care4 CR
  • EMS 122EMT II Medical Disorders and Emergencies4 CR
  • EMS 123EMT III Traumatic Emergencies and Special Circumstances4 CR

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to recall and apply knowledge of human structure, function, pathophysiology, and psychosocial development to patient care relative to the role of entry level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
  • Demonstrate, through knowledge and behavior, a commitment to the highest standards and competence, ethics, integrity, and accountability to the patient and the EMT profession.
  • Demonstrate an ability to collect data from charts and patients and interpret patient data.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use critical thinking skills to assess and treat patients in emergency settings.
  • Demonstrate effective use of motor, cognitive, and critical thinking skills in diagnosis, management, and prevention of common health problems encountered in patient care necessary to fulfill the role of entry level EMT.
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform patient assessment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in a healthcare setting.
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage time efficiently while functioning in a healthcare setting.
  • Demonstrate effective listening, verbal, and written communication skills with a wide range of individuals and groups in order to provide patient-centered care.
  • Recognize and work effectively within the larger context and system of health care to advocate for and provide quality patient care relative to the role of entry level EMT.

Employment Outlook

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 $77,230, with an earning potential of about $94,432 per year.*

Faculty & Support

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Laura Doss

Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Navigator for the Allied Health Programs. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science while serving in the US Army and stationed in Germany and her Master of Education while stationed at Fort Sill, OK. Her initial education and training was in the mental health field before moving into education. Outside of work, Laura likes to spend time with her four kids, walking the trails, cuddling with her tiny dog and reading a ton of books!