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Emergency Medical Services

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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. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment projections forecast Emergency Medical Technician jobs growing at a rate of 15%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver area estimated at $22.41 per hour.