Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMT

Program Information

Emergency Medical Technicians are part of the Emergency Medical Services team. EMTs are trained to provide basic life support and transportation of the sick and injured. The EMT program prepares students to apply for the examination to become a Florida licensed and National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Basic.

The Emergency Medical Technician program is 12 credit hours long and is conducted over one (1) semester. Applicants to this program must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and meet other applicable admission criteria. Students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Contact the EMS Office at (850) 729-4924 for additional information.

Background Checks

Affiliated clinical agencies may have a policy that will not allow students convicted of a felony to perform clinical duties at their agency. If this is the case, the student will not be allowed to enter the program as clinical experiences would not be made available to him/her. The Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services should be contacted for questions regarding certification in the State of Florida.

Drug Screen

Substance abuse is inconsistent with the ethics of the practice of emergency medicine. Students may be asked by the EMS Clinical Coordinator, Program Director or the affiliating clinical agency to submit to individual, group, and/or random drug screen at any time. The college reserves the right to determine the agency to conduct the drug screening. Refusal to comply with requested screening within the timeframe directed will result in dismissal from the EMT program.

Performance Standards

Without compromising patient care, the student must be able to show ability to:

  • Communicate verbally by telephone & radio equipment
  • Lift, carry & balance up to 125-pounds (250-pounds with assistance)
  • Interpret written, oral & diagnostic form instructions
  • Use good judgment & remain calm in high-stress situations
  • Work effectively in an environment with loud noises & flashing lights
  • Function efficiently throughout an entire work shift
  • Calculate weight & volume ratios & read small print, both under life-threatening time constraints
  • Read & understand English language manuals & road maps
  • Accurately comprehend street signs & address numbers
  • Interview patient, family members & bystanders
  • Document (in writing) all relevant information in prescribed format, considering the legal ramification of such
  • Converse in English with coworkers & hospital staff concerning the patient’s health status
  • Perform all tasks, with good manual dexterity, related to highest quality patient care
  • Bend, stoop & crawl on uneven terrain
  • Withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold & moisture
  • Work in low light, confined spaces & other dangerous environments.

Before program admission

How to Apply

Apply online for admission to the EMT program. Select “CC-Emergency Medical Technician” from the dropdown box under “Intended Program of Study.”

  • Complete the EMT application packet
  • Submit the completed, original application packet containing the above materials to: Public Safety Training Center, Building 510 Room 200, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd E., Niceville, FL 32578
  • General admission requirements
  • Complete a background check, drug screening and EMT health evaluation.

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