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Emergency Medical Services


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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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 and Wednesday evenings throughout the academic year. No classes meet during the summer quarter. Our final exam is held outside of the Monday and Wednesday classes.

Preliminary Requirements

We encourage students interested in the EMT course to review the minimum requirements listed below. The following requirements must be met and submitted to Clark County Fire District 5 one week prior to the first night of class.  
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  • Adult 17 years or older
  • Copy of a medical level CPR card such as: American Heart Association BLS (card can be earned by taking HLTH 124 offered each term at Clark College). Emergency Care and Safety Institute for Healthcare Providers, Red Cross BLS for Healthcare Providers, or a CPR course for Professional Rescuers )
  • Copy of driver's license, passport, or other valid photo identification
  • Hepatitis B Immunization record (3-series) or valid waiver
  • MMR Immunization (twice in a lifetime or within the last 10 years) or valid waiver
  • 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).  See Washinton State Patrol website for directions:
  • High school diploma or GED

Course instruction takes place at Clark County Fire District 5. For directions to their location, please visit the CCFD5 website: Clark County Fire District 5. 

11606 NE 66th Street, Suite 103
Vancouver, WA 98662
Phone: (564) 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. 

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