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Program Overview

Degrees & Certificates

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

Program Pathway Map 

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.  

EMT Program Map

Winter-2024 Class Schedule, Information Sessions, & Exam

EMT Classes

  • Cohort 1, AHE 190.01, Tuesdays 4PM – 10 PM, Thursdays 6 PM – 10 PM and Saturdays 8AM – 5 PM.
  • Cohort 2, AHE 190.02, Mondays & Fridays 11 AM – 7 PM and Thursdays 6 PM – 10 PM.

BLS/CPR Classes 

The co-requisite CPR classes will be held before the official quarter begins.  These two sections are both for two days each and you must attend both days, regardless of which section you choose.

  • Section AHE 192.01, Monday, 12/18/24, 6 – 10 PM and Tuesday 12/19/24, 11 AM – 7 PM
  • Section AHE 192.02, Thursday 12/21/24, 6 PM – 10 PM and Saturday 12/23/24, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Mandatory Information Sessions

The mandatory Information Sessions will be hosted on Zoom. Because this is a mandatory session, if you are more than 10 minutes late you will not be admitted to the meeting.

Topic: Winter EMT 2024 - Mandatory Information Session  
Date & Time: Nov 25, 2023 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 927 1014 7580  
Passcode: NSCEMT

Mandatory Entrance Exam

The mandatory Entrance Exam duration is 90 minutes and is scheduled for two separate times to accommodate student schedules.  You only need to attend one session and to test one time.  Both exam sessions will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, to begin either at 3PM or at 5PM on campus at North Seattle College.  Details for how to schedule the test with an email contact will be provided during the mandatory Information Session. To schedule the test, you must provide your name, your ctcLink/Student ID #, and your preferred test time, either 3:00–4:30PM or 5:00 – 6:30PM.  The location for the test is in the Instruction Building (on the north side of campus), in room IB1415.  Please bring your photo ID (for the Test Proctor to check) and a pencil.  Additional details for this mandatory Entrance Exam will be given at the virtual Information Session on Zoom.

 You will need to register 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 mandatory Entrance Exam. You do not need to register for the mandatory Information Session, but you will need to register at North Seattle College prior to the mandatory 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 EMT webpage 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. For any questions about the application and EMT registration email emt.nsc@seattlecolleges.edu.  Megan Bloomingdale is the point of contact for specific EMT course objectives and class scheduling questions and her email is megan.bloomingdale@seattlecolleges.edu.     

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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