2810 | Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) – Advanced Technical Diploma

The Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) program trains students to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)  and awards an Advanced Technical Diploma. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Florida EMT State Board Exam. Some weekend hours are required for clinical practice. Program content includes, but is not limited to, anatomy, cardiac care, medical emergencies, emergency childbirth, poisoning, shock, respiratory emergencies, and psychological emergencies.

EMTs function as part of an emergency rescue and transportation team by responding to emergency calls through a dispatch system, operating emergency vehicles safely, assessing scenes of accidents or illnesses, setting priorities for treating patients based on their degrees of illness or injury, providing prehospital emergency care to treat trauma, shock, wounds, and other medical issues. They are responsible for keeping emergency vehicles in orderly condition and decontaminating vehicles in accordance with local, state, or federal regulations.

By completing the program, students will be able to:

Recognize the nature and seriousness of a patient’s illness or injury in order to accurately assess emergency care.

Administer appropriate emergency care based on their training to stabilize the patient’s condition.

Lift, move, position, and otherwise handle the movement of the patient in such a way as to minimize discomfort and further injury.

Fulfill all written and practical objectives required by the Florida Department of Transportation curriculum.

Take the Florida EMT State Board Exam.

This program is approved by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health.

Admission Requirements

The following entrance criteria must be fulfilled and submitted to the EMT Training Center a minimum of one month prior to the scheduled class start date:

1. Eighteen years of age or older. You must provide copy of current driver’s license
2. A high school/GED graduate (provide high school transcript, showing graduation with a high school school/ GED scores).
3. Physical examination. Have the college approved physical exam form completed and returned.
4. EMS Programs immunization and health history forms completed and negative finding on a tuberculosis skin test (or negative finding on chest X-Ray) returned to the EMS Programs Office.
5. Provide proof of current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. Training must be completed at the “Professional Rescuer” level from one of the following agencies: American Heart Association (AHA), American Red Cross (ARC), or American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).
6. In addition, if you are admitted to the program, you are required to sign the following documents:
  • Statement to the effect that, to the best of your knowledge, you do not have any physical and/or mental condition that would interfere with your ability to perform the required EMT responsibility.
  • Compliance Agreements. This is required to ensure that you are informed of the rights to which you are entitled according to standard college policy as well as program policies.
  • Rescue/Injury Release form. This form is required to ensure that you are aware and have been informed that the clinical portion may result in your injury, death, or illness.
  • Immunization declination form(s), if required immunizations have not been completed.
7. Complete the Emergency Medical Responder course (1 credit).

Registration Process

  1. Completed packets are date stamped upon receipt and a priority number is issued to your application based on the date the packet is received.
  2. One month prior to the beginning of the class, you will be notified, based on your priority number, of registration dates and procedures. (If you do not register by the specified date, you forfeit your priority number.)
  3. Complete a Level 2 Fingerprinting Background Check.

The EMS Department reserves the right to deny admission to you if you lack the necessary qualifications to the EMT-Basic program.

Length: One term; 11 credit hours


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