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Emergency Medical Technician

         College Credit Certificate:



College Credit Certificate 

(11 Credit Hours)

EMT training is a one-semester program (11 credits) designed to prepare students to provide basic life support measures, as a member of an ambulance crew, at the scene of an accident, during transport to a hospital or medical facility, and in the medical facility. Course work combines classroom lecture, practical skills laboratory and actual patient clinical experiences.

The lecture portion (7 credits) encompasses the most current National Education Standards for the emergency medical technician and meets or exceeds the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

The practical skills laboratory portion (2 credits) includes application practice and performance testing in simulated patient care situations. The clinical portion (1 credit) provides actual patient care during transport to a hospital and in the hospital setting.

Those who pass the course and receive the College Credit Certificate are then permitted to sit for the National Registry Exam/ Florida EMT Certification Examination.


Entrance Requirements

1) be at least 18 years of age
2) a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0
3) be free from physical or mental defects or diseases which might impair his/her ability to function as an EMT
4) provide proof of immunizations and PPD within one year of starting EMT.
5) be free from addiction to narcotics or any controlled substance.
6) attain required CPT scores in college course work (above the first level of prep course work in reading, writing, and math) or higher level English or math coursework.
7) must pass a drug test and background check to complete the EMT Program. The background check is an additional cost


HSC 1220 Introduction to Health Sciences
EMS 1119 Emergency Medical Technician
EMS 1119L Emergency Medical Technician Practicum
EMS 1431 EMT Clinical


Core Concepts

The following is a brief outline of topics covered in the course:
Roles and responsibilities of the EMT
Medical, legal, and ethical issues
Patient assessment techniques
Basic and advanced airway adjuncts
Treatment of trauma emergencies
Treatment of medical emergencies
Ambulance operations


The practical skills laboratory portion includes application practice and performance testing in simulated patient care situations. All Lab staff are certified pre-hospital healthcare workers and are available to aide the student in gaining first hand practice and knowledge. The competency-based format allows the student to learn at his or her own pace.

Multi-media Lab

Students have access to the following:
Computerized anatomy review
Computerized practice quizzes and exams
Medical terminology review
Case scenarios

EMT Clinical

  EMT students will attend field rotations with a licensed ambulance service to experience first-hand the responsibilities of EMTs. Hospital ER rotations are also included as part of the clinical course. The student will observe and actively participate in patient assessment and observe the hospital healthcare delivery system. The clinical portion provides actual patient care at the scene, during transport to a hospital and in a hospital setting.

Introduction to Health Sciences

This is a one (1) credit course designed to give the student a broad overview of the healthcare system. Included is information covering infectious diseases, biohazardous waste, domestic violence, infectious disease transmission, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Upon completion the student will receive a CPR for Healthcare provider card.


Every effort has been made to ensure the information on the EMS Programs web pages is accurate and current. HCC and the web designer assumes no responsibility for content, errors, or omissions. The reader is advised to refer to a current Hillsborough Community College catalog.



This page last updated April 26, 2016 eab

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda gbroda@hccfl.edu