Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program includes techniques of emergency care, stabilization, and immobilization of a victim`s illness and injuries. Recognition and documentation of signs and symptoms of illness and injury, intervention, and evaluation of the intervention are integrated into the program. Techniques for assessment, administration of oxygen, use of specific immobilization devices, and preparation for transportation are other areas of the program.

EMT students will be challenged daily in class as they learn the crucial skills needed to perform in emergency medicine. The EMT program will take students with minimal to zero medical knowledge and in 20 weeks have them trained and prepared to assist people in their most critical time of need. EMT`s are trained to handle events such as heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding, diabetic problems, and trauma patients.

The Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program is the first step towards a career in emergency medical services. The techniques taught in the program are in accordance with the state and national curriculum. Successful completion of this program will make students eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT`s certification examination in order to gain state certification.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2021
Admissions criteria

1. 17 1/2 years of age to enroll.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Students must successfully complete 10 simulated clinical scenarios, the final cognitive exam and the NREMT Psychomotor Skills exam in order to complete the program.

EMC101, EMC102, and EMC104 must be taken as a cohort and are not offered independently.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of heart attack, cardiac arrest, with emphasis on early action to activate the emergency medical services (EMS) system.
  2. Perform one and two rescuer adult CPR.
  3. Manage a conscious and unconscious adult airway obstruction.
  4. Perform one rescuer and two rescuer infant and pediatric CPR.
  5. Manage a conscious and unconscious infant and pediatric airway obstruction.
  6. Deliver effective oxygenation and ventilation using a bag-valve-mask device.
  7. Perform automatic, external defibrillation as part of the resuscitation of the adult in cardiac arrest.
  8. Successfully complete the American Heart Association health care provider basic life support skills evaluation and written examination.
  9. Define the components of the Emergency Medical Systems.
  10. Define and describe the role and responsibility of the first responder.
  11. Relate first responder care to the standard of care, the Good Samaritan Laws, and the Privacy Act.
  12. Define, differentiate among, and explain types of consent.
  13. List and safely use medical equipment, basic tools, and supplies used by the first responder.
  14. List the ways in which an infectious agent can be transmitted.
  15. Identify and perform basic procedures for body substance isolation.
  16. Identify and describe the structures of the human body.
  17. Perform the steps taken in gathering information and documentation.
  18. Perform a physical assessment.
  19. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  20. Identify the major functions of blood and the vascular system.
  21. Identify and control external bleeding.
  22. Describe the signs and symptoms of shock.
  23. Define open and closed wounds, fractures, dislocations, sprains, and strains.
  24. Perform the steps in the care of open and closed wounds, fractures, and dislocations.
  25. Correctly immobilize an extremity with soft and rigid splints.
  26. Identify the steps in assessment for head and spinal injuries.
  27. Identify the steps in caring for facial, throat, and chest injuries.
  28. Demonstrate proper care for patients suffering syncope, seizures, and unconsciousness.
  29. Demonstrate proper care for patient in a diabetic coma.
  30. Demonstrate proper care for a patient suffering poisoning by injection or ingestion.
  31. Demonstrate proper care for a patient suffering alleged drug and alcohol overdose.
  32. Demonstrate proper care for a patient suffering congestive heart failure, stroke, respiratory distress, and acute abdominal distress.
  33. Demonstrate proper care for a patient with impending childbirth.
  34. Demonstrate proper care of the newborn.
  35. Identify and treat injuries and illnesses in pediatric patients.
  36. Identify and treat injuries and illnesses in geriatric patients.
  37. Demonstrate proper care for burn injured patient.
  38. Demonstrate proper care for cold injured patient.
  39. Demonstrate proper care for drowning victims.
  40. Define limitations and actions at a suspected hazardous materials incident.
  41. Demonstrate proper care for victims trapped in vehicles.
  42. Demonstrate how to evaluate and provide safety for self, team members, and victims at an accident site.
  43. Demonstrate how to safely access victims trapped in vehicles.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
EMC101 CPR/Basic Cardiac Life Support 6
EMC102 Emergency Medical Responder 40
EMC104 Basic Emergency Medical Technology 174

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=168272).

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Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.