EMT Frequently Asked Questions

  What is an Emergency Medical Technician?
Emergency Medical Technicians are part of the Emergency Medical Services team. EMT's are trained to provide basic life support to the sick and injured. EMT's are often the first on-scene of emergencies and are able to provide emergency care.
  I want to be a Paramedic. Do I have to go to the EMT program first?
Yes. To become a Paramedic you must first become an Emergency Medical Technician and then you may advance your knowledge and training by completing the Paramedic Program.
  Does attending EMT school at NWFSC guarantee me a slot in the Paramedic Program?
Attending the EMT program at any institutional facility does not guarantee admission into the Northwest Florida State College Paramedic Program.
  How long is the course?
The EMT program runs for one semester.
  How many college credits will I earn?
The course consists of 3 classes, 11 credit hours, divided into lecture, lab and clinical (field) time.
  • EMS111C Emergency Medical Technology (6 credit hours)
  • EMS1401L EMT Lab (4 credit hours)
  • EMS1335 Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (1 credit hour)
  Is this a degree program?
The EMT course is a certificate program. However, the EMT certificate courses are part of the Emergency Medical Services Associate of Science Degree. We encourage you to pursue this degree and will prepare a Program of Study for you to assist you in your course selections.
  How do I get into the EMT program?
The EMT program is a Limited Access Program which means that only those selected for the program can register for the classes. We select 24 students for each class, but we generally have three times as many applicants each semester. The EMT selection process is very competitive. In order to make the process fair, we have developed a points system to evaluate and rank all applicants.
  What can I do to improve my points standing?
You can complete (with a "C" or better) any of the courses listed on the Point System Information Sheet.
  Will I be able to get my EMT license after I finish the program at NWFSC?
Upon successful completion of the NWFSC EMT program, students who meet all graduation requirements are eligible to test for the National Registry EMT exam and the Florida State EMT exam. The costs of those tests are currently $70 and $35 respectively.
  Are there any prerequisites?
There are no prerequisites for the EMT program. However, we recommend that you obtain a CPR certification prior to the start of the program. We offer a Healthcare Provider CPR class every Friday night at NWFSC for $40. You can register for available classes directly on the college website.
  Is any CPR class acceptable?
The following CPR certifications are accepted by the Florida Department of Health which oversees and regulates EMT licensure.
  • American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider BLS
  • American Red Cross, Professional Rescuer CPR
  • CPR PRO for the Professional Rescuer
  Do I need a physical exam for the program? Should I go ahead and get one now?
We have specific forms for the EMT health screening which must be submitted by all accepted students. Any costs you incur for the physical and/or shots are your responsibility. In the event that you are not selected for the program, you may have incurred unnecessary expenses.
  I heard I have to have a background check. Why?
Background checks and drug screenings are required for incoming students to insure the safety of the patients treated by students in the clinical education program. All students accepted into the program must apply for a criminal background check. This is done online through PreCheck Inc., and costs $95.50. Please note that any evidence of a criminal background may prevent enrollment in the program.
  I had a background check done for a job recently.
     Can I provide you with a copy of that instead of getting one through PreCheck?
No. Our clinical sites have to have access to the background checks and drug screen information online. The agency that performs the background checks does not transfer information from one college/organization to another.
  Do I need any shots or a physical?
Prior to registering in the EMT program, you must submit a medical examination indicating your health status and supply proof of immunizations. The physical must be performed by a physician (MD or DO), Physician's Assistant or nurse and must be on our forms which will be made available to all students who are selected.

Childhood immunizations (Polio, Mumps, Rubella (measles), DPT (Diptheria), Pertussis, Tetanus, Chickenpox (Varicella) must be current. If you have not had nor have been exposed to chickenpox, you must be vaccinated. You can have a titer done to determine if you have the antibodies for any of these diseases/infections. Tuberculin test (TB, PPD or chest x-ray) must be current within a year.

All students must decline the Hepatitis B vaccine series or document evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B by titer or a series of 3 immunizations.

If you do not have a copy of your immunizations, you may want to begin trying to locate these records. Some students have been able to track these down through their public school systems.
  How much is the EMT program?
The program costs approximately $2,000.00 for tuition, uniforms, background check, books and other fees. Prices for equipment, student fees and tuition are subject to change.
  Do students get actual experience in the hospitals and ERs?
All EMT students are required to attend clinical rotations in local area emergency rooms, fire stations and in EMS settings.
  How do I get started?
It's easy and much of it can be done online.
  • Step 1: Complete an application to NWFSC and choose "Emergency Medical Technician" as your program of study.
  • Step 2: Request all transcripts (college and high school) be sent to NWFSC.
  • Step 3: Take any required placement tests as deemed necessary by the Registrar's Office.
  • Step 4: Obtain and fill out points sheet and supporting documents and deliver to EMS department.
  • Step 5: Follow up with the EMS department at (850) 729-4924 about your application.
Upon your initial application to Northwest Florida State College, you will be assigned a student ID number and an email address through RaiderNet. All official information from the EMS department, your instructors, the Clinical Coordinator and the college will be distributed to your NWFSC email address. Please be sure you have access to and check regularly this account. For login and password problems, you can contact our IT Help Desk at (850) 729-5396.
  I've submitted my Points Application sheet, now what?
Within two weeks after the application deadline, we will contact individuals who have been selected. If selected, you will have 5 business days to accept or decline your slot in writing. Shortly after the selections have been made, we will notify you via your NWFSC email account only of a mandatory EMT orientation. Failure to attend orientation will result in loss of your slot in the class.
  Is financial aid available for the program?
You should contact the Financial Aid Office at (850) 729-5390 or stop by in person. Financial Aid is located in the Student Services Center (SSC). We recommend that you explore your payment options as soon as possible. Delays with financial aid may prevent you from registering for classes.
  How can I obtain additional information?
Contact the Emergency Medical Services Department at (850) 729-4924.
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