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Emergency Medical Technician

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EMT personnel administer health services, treat life saving injuries, and respond to medical emergencies.

Clark College's Emergency Medical Technician course is for students that would like to pursue a career in the medical field with a focus on pre-hospital emergency care. 

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Clinical Experience

Emergency Medical Technicians learn to manage, evaluate, and treat ill or injured patients on scene or en route to a medical facility.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate is a 12-credit course taught in different modules that include lecture, laboratory, emergency room observation, and field experience on an ambulance or fire rescue unit as available. 

Classes take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings throughout the academic year. No classes meet during the summer quarter. 

Prerequisites

We encourage students interested in the EMT course to review the minimum requirements listed below. Students must be in possession of listed documents before the first night of class.  

  • Adult 18 years or older
  • Copy of current American Heart Association BLS CPR card (card can be earned by taking HLTH 124 at Clark College prior to or within first week of class)
  • Copy of valid driver's license
  • Hepatitis B Immunization record (3-series) or valid waiver
  • MMR Immunization (twice in a lifetime or within the last 10 years) 
  • Negative TB skin test or chest X-ray (within the past six months)
  • Washington State criminal background check (valid six months before course start date)

Course instruction takes place at the Northwest Regional Training Center (NWRTC). For directions to their location, please visit the NWRTC website. 

Northwest Regional Training Center

11606 NE 66th Street, Suite 103
Vancouver, WA 98662
Phone: (360) 397-2100


Career Opportunities 

Employment for Emergency Medical Technicians is in demand. The U.S Department of Labor employment projections forecast Emergency Medical Technician jobs growing at a rate of 14 percent, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $20.59 per hour.

Degree Options

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Technician


Clark College offers a Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT). A variety of community agencies such as transporting ambulance companies, police and fire departments, and large industries utilize employees with EMT training. This program includes lecture, laboratory, and field experience on an ambulance and fire rescue unit as available.

EMT 103 is a ten-credit-hour Clark College course taught at the Northwest Regional Training Center (NWRTC). Check the Clark College website for directions to the training center. Students must bring the following items to the first night of class:
  • Copy of current American Heart Association healthcare provider CPR card (or take HLTH 124 Healthcare Provider CPR) within first week of class).

  • HEOC 120 Aids Education (or proof of minimum 7-hour AIDS Education Certificate).

  • Copy of valid driver's license.

  • Washington State Patrol criminal background check (within six [6] months of course date).

  • MMR immunization (twice in lifetime or within last 10 years).

  • Hepatitis B immunization (series of three) or signed waiver.

  • Negative tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray (within past six [6] months).

  • Must be 18 years of age.

  • Proof of high school completion (transcripts) or GED.


*Students are required to purchase the course textbook prior to the first class. The textbook can be purchased at the Clark College Bookstore
**Students are strongly encouraged to attend the mandatory EMT course orientation held at NWRTC.
Please call the NWRTC office at (360)397-2100 if you have any questions about the above requirements.
Emergency Medical Technician (Accelerated) (CC)
To earn the Certificate of Completion, students must complete the courses listed below with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above in each offering.
Program Requirements
Program Requirements
 
EMT 103
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (ACCELERATED)
12 cr.
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
4 cr.
or BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY *
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB *
1 cr.
Recommended Courses
 
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I (strongly recommended)
3 cr.
and
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II (strongly recommended)
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 16-17
* HEOC 100 or BIOL 164 & 165, must be seven years current upon program entry.

Affiliation

Students who are not affiliated with an appropriate agency have 18 months after completing the program to gain affiliation and take the Washington state exam. All Emergency Medical Technician-Basics wishing to work in Washington must obtain state certification.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  • Perform emergency assessment and treatment procedures, observing, recording, and reporting to the receiving facility, the patient's condition or injury.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with patients, colleagues, the public, diverse populations, and other healthcare providers.
  • Model professional behaviors and make appropriate decisions guided by ethical principles and core values.