Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the beginning level in the Emergency Medical Services ladder.
EMTs receive training in basic life support measures, including patient assessment, cardiac arrest skills, oxygen therapy, shock prevention, bandaging, splinting, spinal immobilization, and vehicular extrication.
The EMT program is a one-semester course. Three EMT courses are offered yearly in the Fall, Spring, and Summer-A semesters.
Applications for the EMT program must be received by the last business day before each deadline:
June 1st - for Fall semester
November 1st - for Spring semester
March 1st - for Summer semester
The EMT course requires a serious time commitment from every student. The EMT core courses are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from
6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. CST all semester.
In addition, there is a 80-hour clinical requirement. Students are required to complete the Emergency Vehicle Operator (EVOC) and EMS Trauma Management courses during the semester in addition to the core training. EVOC and Trama Management are typically completed in two weekends.
The graduating EMT students who want to be considered for the Paramedic Program must:
- Pass the EMT coursework on the first attempt achieving a "B" grade in EMS1119, EMS1401, EMS1335, and EMS1555 or equivalent coursework.***
- Have a State of Florida EMT certification
*** Those student passing with a "C" grade in any EMT course should have 1 year of full-time experience (2 years part-time) at an ALS transport service prior to applying, and a positive recommendation letter from an immediate supervisor.
The U.S. national average salary for EMTs is $31,000 annually, approximately.
EMTs are most frequently employed by hospitals, ambulance services, fire department, and emergency clinics.
For EMTs in need of re-certification, an EMT Refresher course is available via online Distance Education.