Emergency Medical Technician

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Emergency Medical Technician

Short-Term Certificate

This program prepares students to work as Emergency Medical Technicians, according to the King County standards and requirements. Learn the roles and responsibilities of the EMT, patient evaluation and all emergency procedures short of those performed by physicians, and use and maintenance of all equipment and instruments required. Students complete 13 credits, resulting in an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Registry Exam to qualify for state certification after meeting the Washington state requirement of employment.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Short-Term Certificate Full Time: 1
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available

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

Attend a mandatory information session (see calendar), pass the advanced first aid entrance exam with 70% or higher. 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 a valid driver's license issued in the United States. Note: Graduates will need a valid Washington State driver's license to work in the state.

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 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.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • National Registry Exam

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening: Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.
  • Weekend: Courses offered on Saturday or Sunday


Co- requisite: Completion of AHE192 taken concurrently with AHE 190

Course Course ID Credits Availability

PREREQUISITE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION REQUIRED. There will be a written advanced first aid exam that must be taken by all applicants to the program, after attending a mandatory information session. Applicants must attend one session and do not need to sign up in advance for the information session. All applicants must pay the $35 application fee and $35 test proctor fee at the NSC Cashier's office and bring both forms with the cashier's paid stamp on them to the exam. See additional information, including dates for the exam, on EMT website at https://northseattle.edu/programs/emergency-medical-technician. Cost is *$1,305.53 ($185.28 tuition + $1,100 college self-support fee + $15 medical malpractice professional liability insurance fee + $5.25 online courseware support fee). Note: AHE 192 Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is a corequisite and must be taken before the program starts. See course AHE 192. For additional information contact the Workforce Instruction Division at (206) 934-3790. *subject to change

AHE 190 12.0

Corequisite class required for the EMT program; must take concurrently with AHE 190. This course uses the American Heart Association BLS curriculum that is the standard for healthcare agencies/personnel and meets the requirement for CPR certification that includes CPR for Adults, Children and Infants, AED and use of the Bag Valve Mask. Contact the Workforce Instruction Division at (206) 934-3790 for additional information. *Cost is $141.03 ($15.78 tuition + $120.00 college self-support fee + $5.25 online courseware support fee). Note: must purchase textbook and pocket mask and bring to the first class. *Subject to change.

AHE 192 1.0