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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

$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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  • 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.

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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

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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 122

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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 6 weeks prior to the start of the quarter. Fall Quarter applications are due by August 9, 2019. We offer the EMT Program, Fall and Spring Quarters only. Candidates from sponsored agencies are given priority consideration for program admission.

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. 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: Billie Baker, H1 3028 Lindbergh Avenue Bellingham, WA 98225

  • Fall 2019-Detailed EMT Student Schedule
  • ACCUPLACER Classic: Reading Comprehension score of 71 and Sentence Skills score of 71 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.
  • Students are typically admitted for Fall and Spring Quarters.

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

  • 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
  • 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 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.

Mark O

Mark O'Connor

Area of Instruction

Entry & Advising

Contact Info

360 752-8459
College Services (CS) - Room 135