Emergency Medical Technology Program

Career/Program Overview

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. The certificate EMT will receive general education courses that are designed to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Becoming an EMT is the first step in becoming a paramedic. Emergency Medical Services offers a wide range of employment opportunities including ambulance services, fire departments, police departments, hospitals, helicopter services, and educational institutions.


Coursework includes cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular pathophysiology, electrocardiography, cardiovascular pharmacology, diagnostic angiography, interventional angiography, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, cardiovascular hemodynamics, valvular assessment, pediatric/congenital heart disease assessment, cardiac/coronary physiology assessment, x-ray and radiation safety, and instrumentation and electronics associated with the cardiac laboratory environment.

Program/Degree Options

Certificate, 24 credits.

This program is also designed to meet the academic prerequisites of the Emergency Paramedic Program.

Program Start Date(s)

Course work can start at any semester.

Career Opportunities/Information

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 9% between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth in this occupation is due in large part to increasing call volume due to aging population. As a large segment of the population—aging members of the baby boom generation—becomes more likely to have medical emergencies, demand will increase for EMTs and paramedics. In addition, the time that EMTs and paramedics must spend with each patient is increasing as emergency departments across the country are experiencing overcrowding. As a result, when an ambulance arrives, it takes longer to transfer the patient from the care of the EMTs and paramedics to the staff of the emergency department.

In addition, some emergency departments divert ambulances to other hospitals when they are too busy to take on new patients.

As a result, ambulances may not be able to go to the nearest hospital, which increases the amount of time spent in transit. Both these factors result in EMTs and paramedics spending more time with each patient, which means more workers are needed to meet demand.

Emergency Medical Technician positions are part of ambulance services, fire department based, rural EMS services, hospitals, clinics and EMS education.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.

For a current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: www.rctc.edu/academics/articulations/

Additional Information

Program Plan: www.rctc.edu/academics/programs/
More Information: www.rctc.edu/contact/

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.  The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:  www.rctc.edu/academics/programs.

Program Award Credits Gainful
Emergency Medical Technology Cert 24 Overview content updated: 2017-04-19