Emergency Medical Technology

The emergency medical technician (EMT) is a vital member of the emergency medical services (EMS) team, delivering out-of-hospital emergency care under the direction of an emergency physician. EMTs are a mainstay within public health and community service agencies, operating emergency vehicles that respond to emergency rescue calls and other life-threatening situations. The EMT’s primary responsibilities are to safely care for victims of accidents or sudden illnesses by stabilizing the patients and then safely transporting them to the hospital emergency department.

The goal of the Emergency Medical Technology College Credit Certificate is to graduate students who demonstrate competency in all relevant knowledge, technical skills, professional attitude, and behavior in order to ensure safe, effective, and appropriate patient care as an entry-level emergency medical technician.

The program intends to prepare individuals for initial employment as an EMT. Instruction includes knowledge of current techniques and development of professional attitudes required of an EMT providing emergency medical care in any setting. This intensive 276 contact-hour program requires careful planning of school, work, and home schedules in order to succeed. Students are advised to contact the EMS program coordinators for additional information and scheduling details. This program consists of lecture, lab, and clinical components.

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The only prerequisite to the Emergency Medical Technology, C.C.C. is EMS1059C – Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). EMR completion certificate from other institutions will require verification of equivalency. Students may choose the Emergency Medical Responder Credit-by-Exam option in which they must earn a score of 80% or higher. Successful completion of this exam or current EMR certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is the only non-traditional means of obtaining Polk State College credit for EMS1059C.

Program Specific Accreditation

State of Florida, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Program Hours

The EMT program consists of didactic lectures, skills and simulation labs, and a clinical internship. There are both day and evening classes available, which meet twice a week. Skills and simulation labs are completed outside of class time and may require attending the campus on a third weekday. Lastly, the clinical internship schedule may require participation during weekends and/or holidays. Substantial out-of-class work is required to succeed in this program and students must plan carefully.

Working Sites

The EMT performs in various settings, in conjunction with other emergency service providers including law enforcement and fire department personnel.

Potential Salaries

Salaries for EMTs vary from $28,000-$32,000 depending upon the agency of employment.

Certification Examination

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ EMT-Basic exam, which yields both state and national certification. Prospective students should be aware that a Social Security Number (SSN) is required to be issued a certificate or license by the Florida Department of Health, which is the licensing authority for healthcare licenses in Florida. In addition, anyone convicted of a felony involving drug or public assistance related crimes are ineligible for State of Florida certification.

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