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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.


Pre-requisites must be successfully completed prior to the first day of class:

  • 17 years of age prior to the end of the course
  • Required TABE Testing:
    • Must meet Basic Reading Comprehension at or above the 11th Grade Level
    • Testing will be administered during the Orientation

Upcoming Classes

Applications are currently closed and will reopen for the Spring 2023 EMT Course this Fall.

Employment Opportunities:

Upon completion of this course, individuals should be able to apply for positions with an EMS agency and in a hospital.

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

Program Resources:

Student Release Form

Workforce Certificate Courses

Emergency Medical Technician

EMS-4200 Emergency Medical Technician

Total credits needed to graduate: 248 Hours

Program Costs

Cost: $183 plus associated books, tools, and supplies

Virginia residents pay the same tuition rate as in-state students.

Many grant and scholarship opportunities are available as well. Please complete the WTCE Scholarship and Financial Aid Form and a counselor will review your information to see if you are eligible for assistance.

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