The Emergency Medical Technician One-Year Certificate of Completion is designed for students seeking entry-level jobs as emergency medical technicians (EMT). Courses provide eligibility to take the EMT license exam and include required training to legally operate an ambulance. In addition, this program is contained within the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine, so students who wish can continue seamlessly to paramedicine. Jobs for EMT graduates include positions in municipal paid departments and the wildland fire community for the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Apply emergency medical technician industry standards in the areas of emergency medical services operations, trauma, general medical emergencies, airway management, and cardiac care.
- Use medical communication effectively.
- Develop professional client relationships.
- Practice ethical and professional medical standards.
- Perform basic life support safely in diverse conditions.
Academic Entrance Requirements
The following are recommended so students can complete the certificate in one year:
- Completion of WR 065 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking II or higher or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 7
- Completion of MTH 015 Basic Mathematics or higher or minimum placement Math Level 7
Other Entrance Requirements
- Students must have a high school diploma or GED.
- Students must be 18 years or older before beginning any EMT class.
- A current Health Care Provider CPR card is required before placement into EMT and paramedic courses; card must remain current throughout program.
- Uploaded and verified required immunizations as set forth in clinical agreement with St. Charles hospital system, including hepatitis B, current TB, MMR, annual influenza, tetanus within previous 10 years, varicella, and COVID-19.
- All students enrolled in the program must pass a background check as a condition of acceptance into a medical, fire, or other facility for training. Students who do not pass the background check may not be eligible to complete training at affiliated sites, to sit for licensure or certification exams, or to be hired for some professional positions. Students who believe their personal history may interfere with their ability to complete the program of study or to obtain licensure or certification in their chosen field should contact the appropriate state board and the program director.
- Before entry into a health profession program, students must complete a 10-panel urine drug screen with Verified Credentials, Inc. With the exception of certain prescribed medications, students with a positive drug screen, which prevents them from attending clinical, will be disqualified from entering the program.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM COSTS (BEYOND STANDARD TUITION/FEES AND TEXTBOOKS)
- CPR for Healthcare Provider card: $99
- Background check: $55
- Drug screen: $55
- Verified Credentials, Inc. immunization upload: $15
- My Clinical Exchange upload for St. Charles: $36.50
- Immunizations: $20 to $200
- Materials (stethoscope, field manual, uniforms, etc.): $50 to $250
- Testing fees, including National Registry computer exams, practical skills testing, fingerprint/background, and possible travel outside the area for paramedic testing: $250 to $1,000
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|AH 105||Calculations for Allied Health (or one course from the foundational requirements math list) 1||3-4|
|Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health|
|Business Human Relations|
|Small Group Communication|
|Multicultural Issues in Human Services|
|HHP 242||Stress Management||3|
|or HHP 266|| Nutrition for Health|
|or HHP 295|| Health and Fitness|
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
|AH 111||Medical Terminology I||3|
|BI 231||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BI 232||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BI 233||Human Anatomy and Physiology III||4|
|EMT 151||Emergency Medical Technician Part A||6|
|EMT 152||Emergency Medical Technician Part B||6|
|EMT 170||Emergency Response Communication/Documentation||2|
|EMT 171||Emergency Response Patient Transport||2|
|EMT 195||Crisis Intervention for the Emergency Medical Provider||3|
|FIRE 103||Fire and EMS College Success||1|
|FIRE 104||Introduction to Emergency Services||4|
|FIRE 130||Rescue Practices||3|
|Survey of the Criminal Justice System|
|Advanced EMT Part I|
|Advanced EMT Part II|
|Psychology of Risk and Adventure|
|Mind and Brain|
|Mind and Society|
|Introduction to Sociology|
Speak with the program director or an advisor to ensure understanding state and national testing process for EMT.
Program may take longer than a year to complete depending on support courses needed to meet minimum course requirements.
- Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
- All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.