Emergency Medical Technician Certificate (EMJ1)

The Emergency Medical Technician certificate program prepares students to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical 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.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician program are eligible for employment in fire departments, emergency medical services, hospitals, or industry.


The Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedicine Diploma, and EMS Professions programs are regulated by the Georgia Department of Public Health, State EMS Office, 1680 Phoenix Blvd., Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30349, 770.996.3133.


Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification examination. After successful completion of the NREMT examination for EMT, students may apply for Georgia state licensure through the state Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma (SOEMST).

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test  Reading  Writing  Numerical  Algebra 
Accuplacer 36 30 23 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 218 222 223 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Emergency Medical Technician Curriculum

The curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program during spring and summer semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 345 contact hours and generally takes 2 semesters to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (16 Credits)

EMSP 1110Introduction to the EMT Profession


EMSP 1120EMT Assessment/Airway Management and Pharmacology


EMSP 1130Medical Emergencies for the EMT


EMSP 1140Special Patient Populations


EMSP 1150Shock and Trauma for the EMT


EMSP 1160Clinical and Practical Applications for the EMT


NOTE: “C” or higher grade is required for all the above courses.

Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $1,600

Fees ($385 per semester): $770

Books/Supplies: $270

Uniform Costs: Approximately $250*

Liability Insurance: Liability Insurance (click to find your  program)

Certification Exam: $98

Physical Exam: $150

TB Test: $40

Hepatitis B Series: $265

Drug Screening: $30

Criminal Background Check: $80

Course Supply Fees: Paramedicine Technology (click to find individual course fees)


(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)

Clinical Education

Number of Clinical Sites:5

General Location of the Clinical Sites: Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties

Special Requirements of the Clinical Sites

  • CPR Certification

Beginning second semester, students must submit a medical exam stating that the student is in good health. This must include documentation of TB skin testing and all required immunizations, including Hepatitis B. Students who refuse the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical sites may refuse to accept them. Forms will be provided by the instructor:

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screen

Clinical Education Courses

The Emergency Medical Technician clinical experiences are combined with the courses. Students are provided opportunities for in-depth application and reinforcement of principles and techniques in pre-hospital settings. The clinical experience allows the student to become involved in a professional work situation applying technical skills. Program faculty will outline the minimum number of hours that will be spent in a supervised work setting. Students may not receive pay from the clinical site for clinical hours. Students are evaluated by the clinical site preceptor and the Clinical Coordinator.

Clinical Assignments

Clinical times may vary. Some clinical times may be scheduled to include shift work. Clinical sites are selected by the program coordinator. Students are responsible for having reliable transportation to the site.