Admissions Process for EMT Program

South Florida State College’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)  program is a limited access program that accepts a maximum of 18 students each fall and spring terms. Applicants must submit the general student application to South Florida State College and, when accepted into the program, provide additional documentation as noted in Step 2. Applicants are not considered for admission to the EMT program until all of their required records are filed with the Admissions Office, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide these records. The EMS Department reserves the right to deny admission to any student who lacks the necessary qualifications for the EMT program.

Step 1: South Florida State College Admission Requirements

If you are not currently enrolled in SFSC, complete these requirements through the SFSC Admissions Office General Application Link. If you are a current student, contact the department administrative office for information regarding how to update your current SFSC student application.

Submit your official high school transcript, GED, or equivalent verifying that you graduated from high school. Each transcript must come directly from your school to the SFSC Admissions Office via the mail or by electronic transfer.
Submit the official transcript from each college in which you attended credit courses.
If you have been convicted of certain crimes, you may be disqualified from admission to the EMT program. Before you complete prerequisite courses and other pre-admission requirements, read the material on Program Disqualification Due to Past Convictions to determine whether state laws allow you to work as a health care provider.

Step 2: Requirements After Acceptance to the EMT-Basic Program

If you are among the successful candidates, you will be notified via the email address you provided on your application. Once you are accepted, you will receive an email containing information on the mandatory program orientation and directions on how to submit the following documentation.
  • Florida Driver’s License, or other State of Florida-approved identification, showing that you are 18 years old or older
  • Your current card verifying successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training at the “Professional Rescuer” level from the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Red Cross (ARC), or the American Safety and Health (ASHI). Before the beginning of the program, a CPR class will be offered for those needing to provide this documentation. 

Completion of the following forms is required by our clinical partners and must be submitted directly to the EMT program administration, located in the Public Safety Building, Room CC-102: 

At the mandatory EMT Program orientation, applicants who submit all required documents will be given authorization to register for EMT program courses. You may submit the documents before this date by contacting the EMT program administration: Chris Fowler,, 863-784-7278

During the mandatory program orientation, you will be provided with directions related to the last requirements for the EMT program:

  • 10-panel drug screen: As required by our clinical partners, all EMT students must submit to a 10-panel drug screen (at the student’s expense). The required date for the submission of these requirements will be determined by the program director. Students who fail the drug screen (positive test for a banned substance or inability to provide an appropriate prescription for other drugs) will be administratively removed from the program.’
  • Criminal background check: As required by our clinical partners, all EMT students must submit to a criminal background check. The method and required date of submission will be determined by the program director. Students with a criminal history will be required to submit documentation explaining any conviction of any crime. Please contact the program administration for a list of crimes that may prevent you from attending the EMT program. At a minimum, all applicants with a record of convictions will receive counseling from SFSC regarding certification and employability.

General Information

SFSC is a drug-free campus.