Emergency Medical Technician Program


Established EMT Program Offers Excellent Training

Intensive Preparation for Certification Exam Preparation for the Course | Thorough Curriculum
Experienced Faculty | Modest Investment

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.

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 4-8. 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.

What's New

EMT Instructor:"Part Drill Sergeant, Part Support Person”

Karen Urick, EMT Program Coordinator
EMT, SEI, Volunteer Firefighter

Lead instructor Karen Urick describes the EMT program as “boot camp for EMS,” an intensive course packed with information and skill-building where students learn to react quickly and think on their feet.


I am making a career switch from banking, with the goal of being a physicians’ assistant. That route requires experience with patients, so I decided to become an EMT.

North's EMT program with Karen Urick provided the best education I could possibly ask for. The program was incredible, more comprehensive and intensive than I anticipated. The quality of instructors was very high — including EMTs and paramedic firefighters from all over the state, teaching what it is like in real situations, with all kinds of patients and their medical challenges. I was given the most up-to-date skills and knowledge on how to protect both myself and my patients in the field. I also gained the full confidence that, whatever life or death situations arise, I’ll know what to do to care for my patients until they get to the emergency room. 

—Christopher Cox
EMT at Trimed & volunteer at Harborview ER

Emergency Medical Technician Program

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
Laura Hopkins

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