Emergency Department Technician Certificate

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This certificate program provides the student with a general understanding of emergency department operations and prepares them for employment as an emergency department technician (EDT) in an emergency department and urgent care setting. This program covers several different courses focusing on administrative and clinical procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Emergency Department Technician (EDT) will:

  • Define emergency department related competencies and safe practices
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills for entry-level competency related to WAC RCW 18.360.050 not including medication administration (except oxygen to a patient when delegated and supervised by a health care practitioner), urethral catheterization and hemodialysis
  • Perform blood draws in compliance with National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) requirements, CLSI standards (Clinical Laboratory Science Institute), and with consideration of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates
  • Exhibit personal, professional and medical ethics
  • Perform effective communication with patients and other health care personnel

Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior work. Coursework earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering.

Emergency Department Technician Certificate Program Prerequisites:

  • Additional requirements once accepted into the program:
    • Show proof of being at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the course enrollment (proof required).
    • Provide a copy of high school diploma or GED equivalency or college transcript showing high school completion.
    • Provide a copy of a clear Washington state patrol background check.
    • Provide copies of required immunizations: 1) Hepatitis B Series or positive titer, 2) A current Tuberculin skin test or alternative health documentation.
    • Have the physical strength to carry, lift, extricate and perform similar maneuvers in a manner not detrimental to the patient, fellow emergency technicians or self.

Course Number

Degree/Certificate Requirements
(20 credits)

Credit Hours


Emergency Department Technician Fundamentals



Emergency Department Technician Procedures and Diagnostics Testing



Emergency Department Technician Lab Skills I



Emergency Department Technician Lab Skills II



Emergency Department Practicum


Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and should be taken in the indicated sequence.

1st Quarter:

EDT 101 Emergency Department Technician Fundamentals

EDT 103 Emergency Department Technician Lab Skills I

2nd Quarter:

EDT 102 Emergency Department Technician Procedures and Diagnostics Testing

EDT 104 Emergency Department Technician Lab Skills II

EDT 105 Emergency Department Practicum

Sequence Type

What skills do I need to be successful in this field?

  • • Explain the role of an emergency department technician
  • • Demonstrate effective communication
  • • Effectively use medical terminology
  • • Demonstrate knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • • Define emergency medical safety principles in the workplace
  • • Explain ethical and legal obligations in the field of emergency medical services
  • • Use critical thinking skills
  • • Apply accurate written and oral communication principals in the workplace
  • • Correctly use medical terminology of the respiratory, urinary, and circulatory systems
  • • Demonstrate accurate diagnostic testing
  • • Perform accurate phlebotomy techniques
  • • Adequately perform Basic Life Support/CPR
  • • Discuss and perform adequate airway management skills
  • • Demonstrate knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and medical terminology of the special patient population
  • • Assess emergency situations and perform necessary treatment for medical emergencies and behavioral emergencies
  • • Follow all legal, program, and practicum site requirements
  • • Maintain strict patient confidentiality
  • • Apply knowledge and skills in interacting with others and performing job duties as delegated by site preceptor, physicians, or other supervising staff members
  • • Apply effective and appropriate communication skills and the principles of professionalism in interacting with patients, physicians, staff and other health care professionals

Wages, employment trends and pathways: 
There is no standard occupational code for Emergency Department Technician, making it difficult to analyze labor market demand. The best way to research local job openings is to look at an online job site such as or using the key words “emergency technician,” or look at job listings on hospital websites.

Potential job titles are:

  • • Emergency Department Technician
  • • Emergency Room Technician
  • • Emergency Medicine Patient Care Technician
  • • Emergency Medical Technician
  • • Emergency Services Technician

Median wages $35,000 to $44,000

Employment Trends
Regional population growth feeds the expansion of emergency department and urgent care technician demand. Graduates of the Emergency Department Technician Certificate program will have a hiring advantage over applicants with no training or formal education in this health care field.

This position often serves as a first step to further advancement in the field of health care. Many EDTs purse further education in health care and go on to be allied health managers and supervisors, registered nurses, physician assistants or doctors. Because of this advancement within the health care field, there are frequent job openings for new entry-level applicants.

Other allied health occupation, allied health manager/supervisor, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, physician assistant.

Program Contact:
Doug Harrell, EDT, CMA (AAMA),
(509) 393-3302


Effective beginning: Winter 2017 
Emergency Department Technician Certificate
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