TCC Fire and EMS: EMT FAQ

EMT Course FAQ

1. Do I have to have some background in medicine or medical training before classes start?

No. The Emergency Medical Technician courses at TCC are designed to prepare an individual to take the National Registry EMT written exam and psychomotor exam and to function successfully in the field as a Nationally Registered EMT. No prior experience or knowledge is required!

2. Do I have to be admitted to TCC to take EMT classes?

Yes. You must be a TCC student to take classes. The EMT courses are college courses and upon successful completion of the courses you will receive 8 credit hours. The College does allow students to take up to 9 credit hours before they are required to submit all high school, GED, or previous college transcripts. For more information on enrollment go to the About Enrolling at TCC FAQ page.

3. How much do the classes cost?

The current mandatory tuition and fees for TCC courses are $108.50 per credit hour. The courses are 8 credit hours, so approximately $868.00 for tuition and fees.

4. Do I have to take the ACT or submit High School or College Transcripts before I take the classes?

No. TCC requires ACT scores ONLY if the student is homeschooled or is a concurrent student. All other students who have graduated from a U.S. High School have the option of taking the ACT or the COMPASS Exam. The College does require that you have all your required high school, GED, or previous college transcripts on file by the 9 credit hours. The EMT courses are 8 credit hours.

5. Where are the classes located?

The classes are held at TCC's Northeast Campus, 3727 E. Apache St., Tulsa Oklahoma.

6. What exactly does an EMT do?

Emergency Medical Technicians (also known as EMT-Basic) care for patients at the scene and while taking patients by ambulance to a hospital. An EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

7. What kind of qualities should I have to qualify as an EMT?

Compassion: EMTs and paramedics must provide emotional support to patients in an emergency, especially patients who are in life-threatening situations or extreme mental distress.

Interpersonal skills: EMTs almost always work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations.

Listening skills: EMTs need to listen to patients to determine the extent of their injuries or illnesses.

Physical strength: EMTs need to be physically fit. Their job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.

Problem-solving skills: EMTs need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients' symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments.

Communication skills: EMTs need to be able to comfort and explain procedures to the patient, give orders, and relay information to others.

8. If I'm not CPR certified, am I eligible to take the courses?

Yes. If you do not have the required CPR certification, please come to the first class and we explain what is needed as well as give you options.

9. Are we required to have a criminal background check before beginning class?

No. Criminal background checks are required by all field experience providers. Students will be required to complete a criminal background check at their own expense through a college selected provider. Your instructor will explain the process. Students will also need to take a Physical Exam that specifies you have no physical limitations for participating in the classroom and clinical components of the course. You will also need proof of certain immunizations, such as Hepatitis B, Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Tuberculosis, and Varicella. Your instructor will explain further.

10. What equipment will I need before beginning clinical and field experiences?

Your instructor will explain all required supplies and equipment, which generally do not exceed $100.00 total.

11. How old do I have to be to take classes?

You must be 18 years of age to qualify to take the National Registry Test.

12. What is the job outlook for EMTs?

According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the EMT and Paramedic profession added 960 jobs over the last 10 years, an increase of 28.9% (https://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/documents/lmioutlk04.pdf).

U.S. Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Quick Facts: EMTs and Paramedics

2012 Median Pay

$31,020 per year
$14.91 per hour

Entry-Level Education

Postsecondary non-degree award

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

 None

On-the-job Training

 None

Number of Jobs, 2012

239,100

Job Outlook, 2012-22

23% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22

55,300

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