Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!
When Can I Start?
Applications for program entry are typically due 6 weeks prior to the start of the quarter. The applications for the Winter/Spring program closes on January 18, 2019. The applications for the Winter/Spring 2019 cohort are due by January 18, 2019. Acceptance notifications for Winter/Spring will be sent via email the week of January 28, 2019. The first night of class will be February 19, 2019. Candidates from sponsored agencies are given priority consideration for program admission.
Please note: Students accepted to the Winter/Spring program must attend the first night of class which is the program orientation. Details TBA in your acceptance notification. FOR FALL STUDENTS ONLY: While a flu shot is a requirement prior to any clinical rotations, current flu season shots will not be available until September each year. Therefore, flu shot verification must be received by October 1st.
Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to:
Bellingham Technical College
Attn: Therese Williams, H1
3028 Lindbergh Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
What Are The Minimum 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.
- 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
- Two-part 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 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 (http://training.fema.gov/IS/) as the NREMT exam will address these areas in more depth than in covered in the EMT Program.
What Are My Next Steps?
- Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
- Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test