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With fewer than 20 credits, short-term certificate programs generally cover an entry-level or specific skill set needed for that industry. Credits earned in these programs may apply toward a next-level certificate or degree. Typically offered in a condensed time period.

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  • Credits to complete: 13.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 1 | Part Time - Part Time Option Not Available

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Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

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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.

Summer-2023 Information Sessions & Exam 

Summer EMT class runs from mid-June through mid-August. We start the week before summer quarter officially begins. The first day of Summer 2023 EMT will be on Tues 6/20. The last day of the summer EMT class is Thurs 8/17. Our summer schedule will be Tues 11a-7p, Thurs 11a-7p and Sat 830a-430p. The co-requisite CPR class will be held on Thurs 6/15 6p-10p AND Sat 6/17 830a-430p. You must attend both days of the CPR class. 

The mandatory info sessions will be held on Tues 5/2 at 5pm OR Tues 5/9 at 5pm. You only need to attend one session. They will be held on Zoom for summer quarter. The entrance exam will be by appointment only on Weds 5/24 between 9am and 5pm. Details on how to get an appointment for this exam will be outlined at the info sessions.   

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Meeting ID: 945 0952 3130 
Passcode: NSCEMT 

For the fall quarter we will resume our normal schedule of two classes. Cohort 1 will be Tuesday 1600-2200, Thursday 1800-2200 and Saturday 0800-1700. Cohort 2 will be Monday/ Friday 1100-1900 and Thurs 1800-2200. Attendance is mandatory for these class days. The fall quarter runs from end of September through mid-December. Though the info sessions for fall have not been scheduled yet I expect they will be in August.   

You will need to apply to be a student at NSC but that is free and can be done online. You should apply for the Prof Tech programs/ undecided. EMT is not shown as an option until you are eligible for enrollment after passing the entrance exam. You do not need to register for the info session but you will need to register to North Seattle College prior to the entrance exam. (You should do this early as it can take a couple weeks to get a student ID number also called the ctcLink number) We admit to the class based on the entrance exam test score so you will not be able to register for the class until after you have received an acceptance email and entry code. On the website there is an EMT application and EMT Test Proctor Fee Form. Each fee is $35. 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. Marianne Adler is the point of contact for application and EMT registration questions Marianne.adler@seattlecolleges.edu. Megan Bloomingdale is the point of contact for specific EMT course objectives and class scheduling questions megan.bloomingdale@seattlecolleges.edu.     

Below is the link to our website. This has all the information you need including the information on what to study for the entrance exam. The entrance exam is 50 multiple choice questions from Emergency Medical Responder curriculum. Though this book is not available in our bookstore it can be found online. (and there are a few copies in the library that can be used on site) If you prefer to not use this text, any Emergency Medical Responder (EMR or EMT text would be good to study from. The text we base the entrance exam on is Barbara Aehlert, Emergency Medical Responder 2nd Edition. The test comes from Module 2, Module 8 and Chapter 12 which is in module 5, but again, any EMR or EMT text would be good to study from.

The following topics relate to the chapter headings that are important to study for the test regardless of which EMR or EMT text you use.  It is important to focus on the first two topics, The Human Body and Pathophysiology.

  1. The Human Body
  2. Pathophysiology
  3. Patient Assessment
  4. Trauma Overview
  5. Bleeding and Soft Tissue Trauma
  6. Chest Trauma
  7. Abdominal and Genitourinary Trauma
  8. Trauma to Muscles and Bones
  9. Head, Face, Neck and Spine Trauma
  10. Special Consideration in Trauma
  11. Environmental Emergencies
  12. Multisystem Trauma

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