Fire & EMS Program: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Fire & Emergency Medical Services Program (FEMS) Course Descriptions

FEMS 2413 - EMT Introduction
Study of modules of EMT preparatory activities, basic airway management, and patient assessment. This course of study also includes blood sugar determination and intravenous therapy maintenance. A physical examination and certain immunizations required. 

FEMS 2424 - EMT Practicum
This course covers modules of medical emergencies, trauma, pediatrics, and EMT operations. During this course of study the EMT Basic student will be concurrently enrolled in EMT-Basic Clinical course. 

FEMS 2431 - EMT Clinical
Under the direct supervision of a clinical preceptor the EMT Basic student will spend time in the emergency department of a health care facility and in the ambulance. The student will be required to have liability insurance. 

Individuals applying for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older.

  • Successful completion of a state-approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course that meets or exceeds the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for the Emergency Medical Technician. You must have completed the course within the past two years. Your Program Director must verify your successful completion of the course on the NREMT website. 

    If your initial Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) educational program was completed more than two years ago and you are currently state licensed at the EMT level, you must submit documentation verifying completion of a state-approved EMT refresher course or 24 hours of equivalent continuing education topic hours within the past two years. If you are not currently state licensed as an EMT and it has been more than two years from the completion of your EMT course, you must complete an entire state-approved EMT course prior to applying for National Certification.

  • Verification from the Program Director that you hold a current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers or equivalent credential and have demonstrated competence in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) skills.

  • Successful completion of a state-approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) psychomotor exam.


National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification requires successful completion of both a cognitive and psychomotor exam. Passed portions of the exam (both cognitive and psychomotor) remain valid for a twelve (12) month period.

The NREMT Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) cognitive exam is a computer adaptive test (CAT). The number of items a candidate can expect on the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) exam will range from 70 to 120. The maximum amount of time given to complete the exam is 2 hours. 

The exam will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care including: Airway, Respiration & Ventilation; Cardiology & Resuscitation; Trauma; Medical & Obstetrics/Gynecology; and EMS Operations. Items related to patient care are focused on adult and geriatric patients (85%) and pediatric patients (15%). In order to pass the exam, you must meet a standard level of competency. The passing standard is defined by the ability to provide safe and effective entry level emergency medical care. 

In the event you are unsuccessful passing the cognitive exam, the NREMT will provide feedback on your performance. You may apply to retest 15 days after your last examination. 

Candidates are given six opportunities to pass the cognitive examination provided all other requirements for National EMS Certification are met. After three attempts, candidates must submit official documentation verifying completion of 24 hours of remedial training. The candidate is given three additional attempts to pass, provided all other requirements for National Certification are met. Candidates who fail to pass after a total of six attempts are required to repeat the entire Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. 

Throughout your Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) educational program you must demonstrate competence in a wide range of emergency care skills. Your instructor must attest that you have demonstrated competence in the following skills during your course: patient assessment/management of a trauma patient, patient assessment/management of a medical patient, cardiac arrest management/AED, bag-valve-mask ventilation of an apneic patient, spinal immobilization (both seated and supine patient), long bone fracture immobilization, joint dislocation immobilization, traction splinting, bleeding control/shock management, upper airway adjuncts and suction, mouth-to-mouth ventilation with supplemental oxygen, and supplemental oxygen administration to a breathing patient. 

You must also successfully complete a state-approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) psychomotor examination. Speak with your instructor or State EMS Office about the format and logistics of completing a state-approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) psychomotor exam. 

To enroll in EMT courses, students should log into MYTCC. To learn more about becoming a student at TCC, go to the ADMISSIONS page. For more information on our Fire & Emergency Medical Services Program go here: FEMS Program

or contact:

EMT Coordinator/Professor:  Leaugeay Barnes

NE Liberal Arts & Community Services Office