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Program Overview

In the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, students will learn the basics of emergency medical care, from life-threatening medical conditions to major traumatic injuries, from adult patients to pediatrics. This course also includes the American Heart Association's BLS/CPR certification, logistical operations of EMS, basic Anatomy and Physiology, and Emergency Vehicle Driving. You will finish with a foundation and the ability to provide the basics of emergency healthcare.

These skills can be the beginning step into more advanced courses like paramedic and beyond, or students can use them in local volunteer agencies, transport services, or in certain medical facilities.

The curriculum for the EMT educational program must be the 2009 or most current United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

EMT Course: NSC stands for National Standard Curriculum and the Supplemental Airway Modules for EMTs.

Instructional Format: Face-to-face class meetings to include lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice and simulation of scenarios.


Prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to the first day of class:

  • 17 years of age prior to the end of the course
  • Emergency Vehicle Driving (EVD) course must be completed successfully prior to the start of the EMT course.
  • Traffic Incident Management (TIM) course must be completed successfully prior to the start of the course.
  • Completed Physical and Immunization Forms (Physical must be the provided SCC Program Form)

The following prerequisite will be administered at the course center during orientation.

  • Written Assessment of Candidate Education Level
    • Must score above the 11th grade reading level or higher

Upcoming Classes

EMT courses are scheduled yearly as follows unless otherwise noted:

  • January – June at the Center for Public Safety
  • May – October at the Yadkin Campus
  • July – December at the Center for Public Safety
All scheduled EMS courses and dates are subject to change or cancellation.

Find all available EMS courses and Apply as a Candidate at:


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Center for Public Safety
1220 State Street
Mount Airy, NC
Yadkin Campus
1001 College Drive
Yadkinville, NC 27055

Surry Community College EMT Program Outcomes

Year Retention NC State Exam Pass Rate
(within three attempts)
First-Time Pass Rate
(State & National Registry)
2021 68% 74% 63%
2022 74% 73% 60%
2023 In Progress

Advanced Education Pathway

Actively credentialed EMTs may further their education in one of the following pathways:

SCC Advanced EMT Program


SCC Paramedic Program

Alternative Basic Life Support

SCC EMR Program

Program Contacts:

Dr. Douglas Underwood

Director of Yadkin Center/Director of Emergency Medical Programs

Kenneth Vaught

Coordinator: Emergency Medical Program

Scarlett Vogler

Emergency Medical Services Instructor

Workforce Certificate Courses

Emergency Medical Technician

EMS-4200 Emergency Medical Technician

Total credits needed to graduate: 248 Hours

Program Costs

Item Price
Tuition $180.00
Malpractice Insurance $16.00
Accidental Insurance Fee $3.00
Textbook* est. $300
Technology Fees (Documentation & Testing Software)* $100.00
Shirts* $70
Pants* $50.00-60.00
Boots* $100.00
Belt* $10.00-20.00

*Prices may vary by vendor.

Tuition for EMS courses is waived for members of NC Lifesaving organizations (i.e., Fire Department, Rescue Squad, EMS, Law Enforcement). Financial assistance for tuition, fees and/or books is available through the Surry Skill-up grant.

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