Emergency Medical Technician

North's Emergency Medical Technician program is the longest running EMT program in the state (more than 30 years) and offers excellent, streamlined training for a career as an EMT. Ninety-nine percent of NSC graduates have passed the Washington state and National Registry exams and qualified for certification in the last 7 years.

Information Sessions

We are still planning to host a Summer 2020 EMT class but due to COVID-19 and the Governor's Office mandates for social distancing we are capping the enrollment for class at 24. This will help us to ensure that we are allowing for appropriate social distancing and to help keep everyone safe. To best serve our community during this COVID-19 crisis, priority for enrollment will go to first responders. Remaining class spaces will be filled based on scores from the entrance exam. Because King County remains in Phase 1 the originally scheduled information sessions will be moved to Zoom. 

NSC EMT Summer 2020 Zoom Info Sessions
June 1, 2020 06:00 PM
June 3, 2020 06:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 831 3786 8230
Password: EMT

The entrance test will still be held on Monday, June 8, in person but it is by appointment only. Details about how to schedule an appointment and pay the $35.00 application fee and $35.00 test proctor fee will be given at the information session.

Intensive Preparation for Certification Exam

North’s 12-credit, one-quarter EMT course includes 193 hours of lectures and practice/labs — 40 more hours than required for certification by Washington state. The program is competitive, with 90-130 applicants taking the advanced first aid test each quarter to fill 42 spaces. A lot is expected of you, but as a graduate, you’ll be qualified to take the National Registry Exam to qualify for Washington state certification as well as out of state certification, if you want to work out-of-state. The program is approved by Washington State Emergency Medical Services and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Preparation for the Course

An EMT applicant needs to attend one of the required information sessions and pass the required advanced first aid entrance exam before enrolling in North's program.
The material to study for the entrance exam is Emergency Medical Responder: First Responder in Action, 2nd ed., by Barbara Aehlert, Study modules 2 and 8 and Chapter 12.
Published by McGraw-Hill. Contact North's Bookstore for availability of book. 

Thorough Curriculum

The CPR  (BLS for Healthcare Provider) corequisite course is offered each quarter at North immediately prior to the start of the course.

Expect 18 hours of classes per week — typical schedule is Tuesday evening (5 hours), Thursday evening (5 hours), Saturday (8 hours), and 3-4 hours of additional daily study. There are also 10 emergency room observation hours at Harborview Medical Center during the quarter.

Experienced Faculty

The EMT lead instructors are very experienced, with 50+ combined years teaching and as many years in the field. The 30 lab assistants each have a minimum of 10 years experience in the field and are currently employed as fire fighters, paramedics, police officers or on ambulance crews. All are certified in CPR, first aid, and as Competency Based Training (CBT) instructors. The 6:1 student/faculty ratio for hands-on practice skills means lots of attention from instructors.

Modest Investment

Total costs currently are $1,305.53 for tuition and fees ($185.28 tuition + $1,100 college self-support lab fee + $15 medical malpractice professional liability insurance + $5.25 online courseware support fee), approximately $214 for books, and $100 for supplies and materials.

Associated Certificates

Program Coordinator
Megan Bloomingdale
(206) 934-4568

Workforce Instruction Division


Division Contacts
(206) 934-3730

Mailing Address
NSC Workforce Instruction Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

Aaron Korngiebel