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 (EMT) ladder. EMTs receive training in basic life support measures, including patient assessment, cardiac arrest skills, oxygen therapy, shock prevention, bandaging, splinting, spinal immobilization, and vehicle extraction.

how long is the EMT certificate program?

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course is twelve (12) credit hours. The EMT program is a one semester program offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. All classes are held at the North Bay Campus in Southport.  The EMT courses are held on  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  During the Fall and Spring semesters lecture is on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:45 pm - 9:45 p.m. CST.  Lab is on Tuesdays with occasional Saturday classes.  Students will be placed in one of two labs, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm or 5:45 pm - 9:45 pm. CST.  During the Summer semester lecture is on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CST.  Lab is on Tuesdays with occasional Saturday classes. Students will be placed in one of two labs, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST.  Students will have to attend two (2) days of EVOC and Trauma Management classes  held on Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays during the semester.  An Associate of Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services is also available. This option expands the EMT Program to 73 credit hours, which includes the general education courses. The application deadline for the EMT program is as follows: Fall semester is the 3rd Friday in May, Spring semester is the 3rd Friday in October, and Summer semester is the 3rd Friday in February.

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Contact the EMT Program Coordinator

Dr. Dan Finley - RP, BSED, MED, PhD
Interim Program Director
Phone: (850) 769-1551 ext. 5603


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. 


How do I apply to EMT program?

To apply to the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program, you’ll need to complete the following procedures.

New students will need to complete the general admissions application to Gulf Coast State College, and fulfill all admissions requirements. Returning students who have not attended in the past year must also re-apply for admission. Visit the Gulf Coast State College admissions page to learn more about the application process. Also, you must download and complete the application to the EMT program.

In addition, you must complete a Narcotic/Mental Health Statement in program application packet, submit a current copy of a valid driver's license with the EMT Program application. You take and the college entry-level tests, either Accuplacer or PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Tests) and achieve a minimum score, which are listed in the EMT application packet.  Students may contact the Testing Office for dates, times, and locations of Accuplacer/PERT tests.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information. 


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2021-2022 Catalog Requirements

Courses CH
+*#EMS1119, Emergency Medical Tech 5
+*#EMS1335, Emergency Vehicle Operator 1
+*#EMS1401, Emergency Medical Tech. Lab 5
+*#EMS1555, Trauma Management 1



• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites  and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 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.

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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.

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Department Chair

Bruce Harber


 Application Deadlines

  • Summer semester is the 3rd Friday in February
  • Fall semester is the 3rd Friday in May
  • Spring semester is the 3rd Friday in October

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