Emergency Medical Technician Certificate


begin a career as an emergency medical technician


Why should I apply to the emergency medical technician Certificate program?

If you care about helping the sick and injured, don't want to sit behind a desk, and are looking for a job that is different everyday, then becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the job for you. You will start a career where everyday is  the same and different at the same time. The EMT Program is the beginning level on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ladder. EMTs receive training in basic life support measures, patient assessment, cardiac arrest skills, oxygen therapy, shock prevention, bandaging, splinting, spinal immobilization, and vehicle extraction.

how long is the EMT certificate program?

The EMT program is a one semester twelve (12) credit hour program offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. 

Once completing the EMT program, students will have the opportunity to continue to the Paramedic program after receiving their EMT licensure and 6 months of hands on employment. More information regarding the Paramedic program can be found here

An Associate of Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services is also available. This option expands the EMT Program to 73 credit hours, which includes Paramedic and general education courses

Where is class located?

All EMS classes are held at the North Bay Campus in Southport.

637 Highway 2300
Southport, FL 32409

When Are EMT Classes?


    • Lecture: Mondays & Thursdays | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Lab: Tuesdays | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    • Lecture: Mondays and Thursdays | 8:30 am - 11:45 am
    • Lab: Fridays | 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Students must attend two (2) days of EVOC and (2) days Trauma Management classes held on Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays during the semester.Additional Saturday classes may be required. Students will be notified in advance of such changes.
Class times are subject to change. 

Application Deadlines


Second Friday in November


Second Friday in April


Second Friday in July

How do I apply?

Applying to the EMT Program is easy! If you are a current GCSC student you will only need to submit your application to the EMT Program. If you are not a GCSC student, you will need to apply and be accepted to GCSC. Once accepted to the college you will be able to submit your application to the EMT Program.

Follow the links below to start your path to success!


Apply now to the EMT Program


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More Questions? Contact Us!

Ms. Liliana Zamora - RP, BS
EMS Program Director
Phone: (850) 769-1551 ext. 5632

Ms. Victoria Byrd
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Phone: (850) 769-1551 ext. 5615


Who is eligible for the EMT Certificate program?

To apply for the Emergency Medical Technician certificate program, you must be eighteen (18) years of age or older prior to the EMT Program start date.


Gulf Coast State College EMS programs have clinical training agreements with area and panhandle hospitals and ambulance firms, including Bay Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Bay County Emergency Services.

Our faculty and instructors are highly qualified field experts working in both the clinical and Fire Rescue areas.  Many of the instructors who work in the local emergency services fields who are dedicated to making an investment in your training as a student and future professional working associate. 

 Physical Assessment

Emergency medical technician lab

The EMT lab is located in the Public Safety/EOC Building on the North Bay Campus in Southport.


emergency medical technician certificate Program Accreditation

The Gulf Coast State College EMT Program is accredited by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

 Learn More

For more information about the EMT Certificate Program, please contact Victoria Byrd at the Division of Public Safety. She may be contacted by email, or call (850) 769-1551 extension 5615.

EMT logo


Department Chair

Bruce Harber


 Application Deadlines

  • Summer semester is the 2nd Friday in April
  • Fall semester is the 2nd Friday in July
  • Spring semester is the 2nd Friday in November

 Apply now