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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.

Information Sessions  

We are planning to host a Fall 2021 EMT class but due to COVID-19 and the Governor's Office mandates for social distancing we are capping the enrollment for class at 32. This will help us to ensure that we are allowing for appropriate social distancing and to help keep everyone safe. 

So that we can observe social distancing requirements the information sessions will be hosted on Zoom. Please be certain that you are logged in on time for this meeting. There will only be a short grace period and anyone attempting to log on after 6:10 might not be admitted to the mandatory meeting. The mandatory info sessions will be held on Tuesday, 8/17 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm on Zoom and Thursday, 8/19 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. You only need to attend one of these meetings. 

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NSC EMT Fall 2021 Zoom Info Sessions (You only need to attend one of the sessions) 

Topic: NSC EMT Fall 2021 Admission 

Time:  Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

           Thursday, August 19, 2021, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

You will need to register to be a student at NSC but that is free and can be done online. 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. 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.   

The entrance exam will be held on Monday, August 30 in person but it is by appointment only. Details about how to schedule an appointment and pay the $35.00 EMT application fee and $35.00 test proctor fee will be given at the information session. 

Below is the link to our website. This has all of the information you need including the information on what to study for the entrance exam. Though this book is not available in our bookstore it can be easily found online. And if you prefer to not buy or rent this one any Emergency Medical Responder or EMT text would be good to study from. 

northseattle.edu/programs/emergency-medical-technician

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.


Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.