Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

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.


Please Note:

BTC has not made a determination that the Emergency Medical Technician curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.

Employment Information

$42,536 starting annual wage

$77,230 average annual wage

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


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Courses are from the 2020-21 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.

    Acceptance into the EMT program. ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension 71 or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading 247 or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher. ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills 71 or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing 245 or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher.
    EMS 122, EMS 123

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    9/29-10/25TTh 6:00p-9:30pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 10
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  • 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, EMS 123

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    10/13-11/17TTh 6:00p-9:30pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 10
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  • 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 121, EMS 122

    Future Offerings
    11/19-12/17TTh 6:00p-9:30pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 10
     Sa 8:00a-5:00p
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Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?

*Please see “Emergency Medical Technician Application” link below for a complete list of requirements and FAQ.

Contact the program advisor with any additional questions.

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

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

This program requires a background check, 10-panel drug screening, immunizations, two-part TB screening, HIV/AIDS Training and CPR/First Aid Certifications prior to clinical placements.

Please 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.

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

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?

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

  • Current BTC Application: Have applied online to within the last year
  • 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
  • Copy of placement 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
  • Minimum age: Students may be 17 years of age at the start of the program, but must be 18 upon completion
  • Computer and high-speed internet access
  • Completed and signed Criminal History Background Check Self-Disclosure form

Program Application/Forms

  • Emergency Medical Technician Application
  • Fall 2020-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.

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 is covered in the EMT Program.

What Are My Next Steps?

  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test

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.

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Laura Doss

Area of Instruction

Student Services

Contact Info

College Services (CS) - Room 105


Office Hours

Usual office hours are:

    Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm



Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Nav...

    • 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!