Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program are prepared to become a credentialed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Upon successful completion of this program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Florida SouthWestern State College EMS department and the necessary instruction required to submit for the Florida State EMS Office for the National Registry Examination (NREMT), as well as for the Florida State EMT certification.
People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Paramedics have additional advanced training to perform more difficult pre-hospital medical procedures. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drownings, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital attention as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.
Purchase of professional liability insurance is required and included in the program cost. Uniforms are required in all EMS classes and at the clinical sites. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the clinical sites. The total Emergency Technician Certificate Program is one (1) full semester in length and 12 college credit hours.
Current occupational employment and wages data for Emergency Medical Technicians are published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292041.htm.
The Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program has limited enrollment due to the rigorous clinical education requirements for the program. Acceptance to Florida SouthWestern State College does not imply acceptance into the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate program. Each applicant must meet specific criteria which are listed in the admission policies. The Criteria for Admission Policies are available through the program office or through the School of Health Professions office at (239)489-9392. Admission applications are located at www.fsw.edu/academics/programs/certemt.
Pre-admission requirements include satisfactory completion of the following:
- College-approved criminal records check and drug testing at the applicant's expense
- Proof of Personal health insurance throughout enrollment in the program, naming the student and dates of coverage
After acceptance, students must complete the following:
- Immunization and health report
- Tuberculosis screening test
- Current Certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals (CPR and AED)