“Saying Asnuntck’s EMT program made a difference in my life is an understatement. I am the person that I am today because I decided to take that class.”

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (credit-free*)

Job Description

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a person who has been trained to render immediate care for the sick and injured. The job of an EMT is multifaceted, presenting numerous challenges in a variety of emergency environments. An EMT may work in an ambulance or in a hospital emergency department. This course is excellent for people considering careers in fire, police, security, or as a Physician’s Assistant.

Program Description

This course prepares students to take the State of Connecticut Certified EMT examination and the national board certification exam. State mandated BLS CPR and Mental Health First Aid training are included.  The program includes weekly distance learning quizzes on the text companion website. Online certification training in NIMS and OSHA requirements are an additional 15 hours of training. All students must have Internet access to take this course. Ten hours of clinical training and eight hours of practicum experiential learning are included as a mandatory part of the EMT program and are scheduled during non-classroom hours, based on student choice. Additionally, students have the option to ride in an ambulance as an observer for 17 hours.

Admission Requirements

An applicant for the EMT training course must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Students under 18 may take this course with parents’ permission, and must be 16 by the course completion. Students over the age of 18 receive both CT and national certification; under 18 receive the CT certification ONLY. High school subjects recommended for persons interested in becoming an EMT are driver education and health and science courses. Armed forces medic training is also considered good preparation for prospective EMTs.

Immunizations are required for the clinical portion of this course at Johnson Memorial Hospital. The immunization form may be obtained in the Office of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Room 155.

Students who participate in this program should be able to:

  • Lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds.
  • Be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights.
  • Stoop, crawl, and withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture.
  • Work in low light situations and confined spaces.
  • Work with other providers to make appropriate patient care decisions, make good judgement and remain calm in stressful situations.

This program is CT SNAP & CT WIOA approved.

Time Commitment

This program includes 160 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours of clinical training, and 15 hours of online instruction.

Employment Outlook

Earning potential for a professional working in this area is approximately $34,320.

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Program Coordinator

Sue Champagne