Emergency Medical Services

EMT Program

Frequently Asked Questions:



Below are frequently asked questions about the EMT Program and their answers.


Q: What are the requirements for starting the EMT Program at HCC?

A: You must be currently enrolled at HCC or apply to HCC and meet the entrance requirements as outlined in the most current catalog.

Unless you have previous college English and math, or have a college degree, or have college-entry level English and math SAT/ACT scores, you will have to take the College Placement Test.

Specific program requirements are outlines below:

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 disease which might impair his/her ability to function as an EMT
4) be free from addiction to narcotics or any controlled substance.
5) provide proof of immunizations and PPD within one year of starting EMT
6) complete an FDLE Criminal Background Check


Q: How often is EMT training offered?

A: EMT training is offered during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters


Q: What HCC campuses offer EMT training?

A: Currently EMT training is offered at the Dale Mabry, Plant City and South Shore campuses.


Q: How long is EMT training at HCC?

A: Training normally is completed in one semester (16weeks).


Q: How many credits is HCC EMT training?

A: EMT training is a total of 11 credits. The number of credits is determined by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

The breakdown of credits is as follows:

HSC 1220 Introduction to Health Sciences (1 credit)
EMS 1119 EMT Lecture (7 credits)
EMSL 1119 EMT Lab (2 credits)
EMS 1431 EMT Clinical (1 credit)


Q: How are EMT training classes scheduled?

A: EMT is offered both in the evening and day-time. Clinicals are scheduled around lecture and labs.

See Current Course Selection for variations.


Q: What are the hours of the classes?

A: Generally, evening lecture classes are from 6:00PM -9:30PM.

Evening lab classes are from 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Generally, day-time lecture classes are from 9:00AM - 12:30PM. Day-time lab classes are from 10:00AM - 1:00PM.


Q: What do the EMT Clinicals consist of?

A: Students are required to attend a minimum of 20 hours in an approved hospital emergency room.

In addition, students must ride with an approved Basic Life Support ambulance provider for 36 hours and participate in a minimum of five (5) 911 responses that result in patient transport.


Q: What do I do after my training to become a certified EMT in the State of Florida?

A: Graduates will submit an application to the Florida Department of Medical Quallity Assurance to take the State Certification Exam.


Q: Are there any special requirements for EMT training?

A: All EMS programs students are required to have health insurance. In addition, you must submit to a Criminal Background Check in order to attend Clinical rotations.


EMT students must provide documentation of the following immunizations or medical records: (MMR)

proof of immunization or positive titer
Measles (rubeola)
born before 1957 or
documentation of receipt of two (2) doses of live measles vaccine after first birthday and no less than one month apart, or
physician diagnosed measles, or
documentation of immune titer proving immunity
rubella vaccine given after one year of age, or
documentation of immune titer proving immunity, or
age greater than 40
DPT / DT /TD / Tetanus
immunization within the last five years
PPD (tuberculin)
skin test good for one year
chest x-ray good for two years
Chicken Pox
current immunization or proof of positive titer


Q: Are there any special physical requirements for EMT training?

A: EMT is a very rewarding profession that entails many strenuous activities. Patient moving and lifting is a very important part of the job. Students are required to move and lift a weighted manikin (approx 160 lbs) in various lab settings to simulate real-life situations.

The college reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities and complies with and fully supports the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Q: Do I need CPR certification before I start EMT training?

A: CPR for healthcare workers, infectious disease and HIV/AIDs and biohazardous waste information is covered as part of HSC 1220, Introduction to Health Sciences.

You will have to successfully complete HSC 1220 prior to beginning your Clinical experience.


Q: What is the cost of EMT training at HCC?

A: It is hard to determine the exact cost. Cost are always subject to change, please see this PDF for more information.

Please refer to a current college catalog for course fees.


Q: What type of employment opportunities can I expect after I receive my EMT certification?

A: There are many opportunities for the certified EMT. The Bay Area is home to several Basic Life Support services that employ EMTs in the prehospital care setting.

In addition, most Fire Rescue agencies require that firefighter applicants be EMT certified as a condition of employment.

Many local hospitals and medical offices hire EMTs to work in their facilities.


Q: I am an out of state certified EMT. How can I become Florida certified?

A: Currently, Florida does not have reciprocity with other states. If you are currently an EMT in another state you must apply to Florida for EMT status and take the Florida EMT certification exam.

For specific questions, please call the State EMS Office at (850) 245-4440


Q: How much can I expect to be paid as an EMT?

A: Because of the varied opportunities available to EMTs it is best to contact individual employers with questions about wages and salaries.


Q: I still have questions, who can I call to get more answers?

A: If you have any other questions please contact -

Mr. Larry Linder
Program Manager
Phone: (813) 253-7454
Email: llinder@hccfl.edu

For More Information on Admissions:
Phone: (813) 253-7454



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The reader is advised to refer to a current Hillsborough Community College catalog.


This page last updated May 20, 2016

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