The Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: EMS Technician I program offers career training for entry-level personnel as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) plus additional training/skills employers are seeking. The EMS Technician I offers greater education in ambulance/emergency vehicle operations as well as proper pre-hospital documentation, radio communications, and rescue operations. Successful completion of the EMT 151, 152, and 280 (embedded in this Career Pathway Certificate) leads to eligibility to sit for the State of Oregon and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifying exam. To see how this Career Pathway Certificate links to other programs click here.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the college placement process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the college placement process. Students will also be required to complete a separate EMT program application for the level of Emergency Medical Technician for entry into EMT151 Emergency Medical Technician Part A.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in the program must be completed with a ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: EMS Technician I is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredits
EMT175 Intro Emergency Medical Services 3
 Credits3
Winter
EMT151 Emergency Medical Technician Part A 5
EMT170 Emergency Response & Communication 2
EMT171 Emergency Response Transport 2
 Credits9
Spring
EMT152 Emergency Medical Technician Part B 4
EMT169 Emergency Medical Technology Rescue 3
EMT280 CWE: EMT 1
 Credits8
 Total Credits20

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations of an entry-level EMT.
  • Operate various radios used in pre-hospital setting.
  • Describe the importance of the safety and well- being of the EMT during rescue operations.
  • Create an in depth pre-hospital care report of patient care.