Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Technical Certificate

The Certificate in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) is a complete program and also can be the first part of the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Emergency Medical Services Technology (EMS), which has three parts. The second part of the degree is the Technical Certificate in Paramedic Technology, and the third part consists of the General Education and Elective courses required for the degree. To earn this degree, all three parts must be completed. The EMT Technical Certificate must be completed successfully as a major requirement for continuing to the limited access Paramedic Certificate; however, the General Education and Elective courses for the A.S. Degree can be completed at any time.


Certificate Overview

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.


Program Length

EMT TC lasts for 1 semester. If you also complete the Paramedic TC (3 semesters), you only need to take the general education courses to earn your EMS degree.


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Average Salary

EMT average salaries ranges from $18,000 - $24,000


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Admission into Emergency Medical Technician


Application Information

  • Application Deadline: No Application needed for this TC

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Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Medical Technician

Do I need to be a student at Valencia to apply?

Yes. You must complete the admission process to the college before you submit a Health Information Technology program application. You can apply online or email enrollment@valenciacollege.edu if you have any questions.

Can Dual Enrollment students participate in the EMT program?

No. You must be a high school graduate with either a Standard High School Diploma or GED to be eligible.

What courses do I need to take prior to registering for the 3 linked EMT courses?

No prior courses are needed

Will my courses from other colleges transfer to Valencia?

Once you have applied to Valencia, you will need to request official transcripts sent from your previous institution. The admissions office will evaluate all transcripts once they are received to determine transfer credit; equivalent courses will be posted in your Valencia Atlas account.

Do I need to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) before I register for the 3 linked EMT courses?

No. The EMT program does not require the TEAS.

What is the minimum overall GPA to register for the 3 linked EMT courses?

You must be in ‘Good Standing’ which requires a minimum 2.0 overall GPA.

What is the deadline to register for the 3 linked EMT classes?

EMT classes are closed for registration 4 business days before the first day of class. However, classes fill up quickly, so early registration is highly recommended.

How will I know what the 3 linked EMT courses are for the campus I wish to attend?

Search the EMS prefix in Valencia’s Credit Class Schedule and record the CRNs for the EMT classes (EMS1119, EMS1119L, EMS1431L) to be used in your Atlas account for registration.

How will I be notified about the mandatory program orientation and the program compliance requirements?

Approximately 1 minute after you successfully register for the 3 linked EMT courses, there will be an ‘Ask Atlas’ email in your Atlas email inbox with a subject line of “Student Registration Notification".

How many students are accepted into the EMT program and how often?

The EMT program accepts approximately 130 students for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.

Do students in the EMT program conduct peer-to-peer examinations?

Yes, students in the EMT program conduct peer-to-peer exams such as Vital signs, Splinting, Sling and swath, KED, Traction Splint, LBB, C-collar applications.

Can students accepted into the EMT program be exposed to blood borne pathogens?

The EMT program may have clinical experiences that may expose the student to blood borne pathogens via contact with bodily fluids such as blood and saliva. Students accepted into these programs will be expected to adhere to Centers for Disease Control guidelines regarding the use of Universal Precautions which includes the use of personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and eyewear.

How many clinical hours are in the EMT program and what credential would I be eligible to sit for upon successful completion?

The EMT program is 255 hours including 56 clinical hours. Graduates of the EMT program are eligible sit for the NREMT to qualify for professional certification.

How successful are your EMT graduates in finding employment?

The five year average Licensure Rate for EMT graduates is 90% and the five year average Placement Rate for EMT graduates is 87%.

What is the schedule like if I am accepted into the EMT program?

The EMT program has both a daytime and night-time program on the West and Osceola campuses; its time demands should be considered the equivalent of a fulltime job as students are expected to devote a minimum of 30 hours a week to the program - if a student chooses to work while in the program, a maximum of 20 hours a week is recommended due to the demands of the program. Time management is crucial to successful program completion!

What are the grooming policies for the EMT program?

Required uniform items: uniform shirt, white undershirt, pants, belt, shoes, socks, optional jacket as described below:

  1. Uniform shirt: from All Tech Stitching- no other uniform shirt acceptable. Shirts are solid gray, collared polo shirts, embroidered with your name and college logo.
    1. May purchase long or short sleeve uniform shirts (if visible tattoos on arms, long sleeve uniform shirt required).
    2. Shirt to be worn tucked in, without ‘blousing’ over belt, long enough to stay tucked in.
  2. Undershirt/t-shirt: solid white, logo-less, short sleeve (long sleeve t-shirt allowed only if uniform shirt is also long sleeve), worn under uniform shirt.
  3. Uniform pants: Dark blue or black uniform style pants. Pants can be purchased from All Tech Stitching (or be the identical uniform pants sold by All Tech). Pant legs must hang straight, not tucked into the boots. ‘Low-rise’, ‘hip hugger’ pants are NOT acceptable uniform pants.
  4. Belt: black leather or leather-type belt with plain belt buckle. Military fabric belts NOT acceptable.
  5. Shoes: Logo-less black, leather work shoes or boots with non-skid soles (solid black, logo-less tennis shoe acceptable- as long as they are ‘polishable’ leather- suede is not acceptable).
  6. Socks: CALF LENGTH OR LONGER- black, navy, or white logo-less socks. Ankle socks unacceptable.
  7. Jacket: black, gray, or dark blue LOGO-LESS jacket or sweatshirt. Student name must be displayed on the outside of the jacket: All Tech will embroider a sweatshirt with your name and college logo, or you may purchase a VC name tag for the outside of a solid black, gray, or dark blue logo-less plain jacket or sweatshirt.

Dress Code/Grooming Policy:

  1. Clean-shaven=no measurable facial hair (except mustache- see below). Student must be clean shaven- no beards, soul-patches, face/chin/neck clean shaven, sideburns no longer than earlobe. A mustache is acceptable but it cannot extend beyond the corner of the mouth. May be sent home and accrue an absence if not clean shaven.
  2. Hair: All students- hair must be a ‘natural’, non-distracting color. Female students- hair must be pulled back if long enough to do so, cut in a non-distracting, professional style (no ‘dreadlocks’). Male students- hair must be cut short in a non-distracting, professional style, not touching the collar- may not be worn pulled back or up (no ‘dreadlocks’).
  3. Visible tattoos: ALL tattoos must be covered with uniform during class, lab, and clinical rotations. Student must wear a long sleeved uniform shirt to cover all visible tattoos on arms. Tattoo covering ‘sleeves’, long sleeved t-shirts under short sleeved uniform shirt, jackets, or sweatshirts are not acceptable for covering tattoos on arms or any part of body that would normally be covered with a proper uniform shirt. Only a long sleeved uniform shirt is acceptable covering for visible tattoos on any part of the body that would normally be covered with a proper uniform shirt.
  4. Jewelry: All jewelry must be removed- except wedding bands and wrist watches (wrist watch mandatory for Lab). If student is wearing a necklace, it must not be visible over the shirt.
  5. All visible body piercings must be REMOVED ANY TIME THE UNIFORM IS WORN- includes tongue and ALL ear piercings for both male and female students. Flesh colored “spacers” are NOT acceptable. Please make it a habit to remove visible body piercings BEFORE putting on the uniform. Failure to remove piercings is a violation of the uniform and professionalism policy. The student will be penalized as listed in the syllabus.
  6. Acrylic or other “fake” nails are not allowed in class, lab, or clinical rotations. Fingernail polish not permitted.
  7. Hats not to be worn when in uniform. Sunglasses are not to be worn in class, lab, or clinical (hospital) setting (on rescue/ambulance rotations- may wear sunglasses when outside or in vehicle without patient).