The Certificate of Completion EMS Technician II, one-year certificate program is accredited by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority Department of Human Services - EMS. It offers career training for entry-level personnel in EMT, increased training/skills employers are seeking, plus additional education in science. Students will gain a better understanding of human anatomy and injury. Successful completion of the EMT 151, 152, and 280 (included in this Certificate) leads to eligibility to sit for the State of Oregon and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifying exam.

Successful completion of the curriculum leads to a one-year certificate and eligibility to apply for the second year of the AAS Paramedic program at Souhwestern or any other Oregon community college offering the AAS degree. Click here to learn more. 

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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.

Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) can be found online.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 48 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 Certificate of Completion EMS Technician II 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).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CHEM110Found of Gen, Organic & Biochem 14
or CHEM110H Fnds of Gen, Org & Biochem w/Honors
CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH60Algebra I4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in a higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

CHEM223 General Chemistry III may be substituted for CHEM110 Found of Gen, Organic & Biochem or CHEM110H Fnds of Gen, Org & Biochem w/Honors.

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
AH111 Medical Terminology I 3
BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
EMT175 Intro Emergency Medical Services 3
General Psychology 1
or General Psychology w/Honors
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
BI232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
EMT151 Emergency Medical Technician Part A 5
EMT170 Emergency Response & Communication 2
EMT171 Emergency Response Transport 2
MTH65 Algebra II 2 4
BI233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
CJ203 Crisis Intervention 3
EMT152 Emergency Medical Technician Part B 4
EMT169 Emergency Medical Technology Rescue 3
 Total Credits48

PSY203 General Psychology or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors may be substituted for PSY201 General Psychology.


MTH95 Intermediate Algebra, MTH105 Math in Society or higher may be substituted for MTH65 Algebra II.

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.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all of the skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level EMT.
  • Comprehend, apply and evaluate information relative to the role of an entry-level EMT in the cognitive domain.
  • Employ knowledge in human physiology for the treatment of sick and injured patients.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human psychology and physiology and how it relates to the treatment of the sick and injured.