Program Description

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. Whether you want to establish a career in Emergency Medical Services, receive additional training or simply learn how to save lives, the EMT program is for you.


Degree/Certification and Program Length

The Emergency Medical Technician is an 12 credit hour college certificate program taught in one semester.  Courses for the EMT certificate also form a portion of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate of Science degree. Students who complete the EMT and Paramedic program may add on general education credits and some college electives to earn the A.S. degree.


Admission Information

The following items must be received by established deadline dates:

  • Official high school transcript or GED score report on file at the Northwest Florida State College Office of Admissions
  • New Students complete College Online Application with Enrollment Intention as EMT or A.S. in EMS.
    Current or Returning Students complete College Online Application changing Enrollment Intention to EMT or A.S. in EMS
  • Complete EMT Point System Application [pdf] ] and return to EMS Department on Niceville campus.
  • Official transcripts from all prior college courses must be received by Office of Admissions.


Selection Process

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of slots available for the semester, applicants will be evaluated on a point system basis. 


Job Market

Most Emergency Medical Technicians are employed with Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services, and Hospitals.  EMT's salaries vary widely according to the type of schedule the employee has.   Additional information can be obtained at the US Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Check out local departmental websites for a listing of open positions and job descriptions.



Northwest Florida State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor and associate degrees, certificates and diplomas.


Curriculum and Cost

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Credits

EMS 1119C  Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)


EMS 1401L     Emergency Medical Technician Lab


Total EMT Credits Required



The EMT program will cost around $2,000 for course fees, textbooks, uniforms, and screenings.  In addition, once selected, there will be a medical evaluation to ensure you are up to date on shots, negative for tuberculosis, etc.  If you do not have health insurance, you could have to spend another $50-$300 for this.


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