Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program

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This program follows the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS and the National Registry of EMTs and is designed to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students that successfully complete our program will be eligible for the North Carolina and National Registry EMT certification examinations.

The National EMS Scope of Practice Model states, "The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system."
Reference:(https://www.ems.gov/education/EMSScope.pdf, Page 20)


Emergency Medical Technician Course (Initial Certification):

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for sick and injured patients who access the emergency medical system. The EMT possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to provide basic patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response team, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. (Source: National EMS Scope of Practice Model)

This initial education program follows the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS and the National Registry of EMTs and is designed to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students that successfully complete our program will be eligible for the North Carolina and National Registry EMT certification examinations.

Class hours: 192. Clinical hours: 48.

Entry requirements:

  1. 17 years of age on or before the official end date of the course
  2. High school diploma or high school equivalent; or successful completion of an entrance exam assessing basic reading comprehension skills at a minimum of the eleventh grade level.
  3. Medical records including childhood vaccinations, tuberculosis testing, and Hepatitis B vaccine or declination will be required within the first month of class.
  4. Drug Testing and Criminal Background Checks may be required.


EMT classes usually start in February and in August.

Emergency Service Personnel, if you are affiliated with an EMS agency, rescue squad, or a volunteer fire department, and/or have never registered for a Stanly Community College Continuing Education Course, please complete the Pre-Registration / Emergency Service Application here.

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