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. EMTs 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 EMTs certification examination in order to gain state certification.

This program is designed to meet education requirements for licensure or certification in the State of Arizona. Granting licensure and certification is the sole responsibility of the state board or approval agency. This program is only offered and available to students located in the State of Arizona. The Maricopa County Community College District and colleges define student location within Administrative Regulation 2.2.3(7).

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 2023
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 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. Demonstrate the administration of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on adults and children using methods that meet current BLS standards.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of medical, legal and ethical roles and scope of practice of an Emergency Medical Technician.
  3. Apply effective oral, written, and visual communication skills to manage an emergency response.
  4. Apply current technology to specific tasks related to emergency medical services.
  5. Collaborate with various populations in public safety systems.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking through written, oral, and visual formats in various environments to manage diverse situations specific to an emergency response.
  7. Demonstrate patient advocacy with respect to cultural and individual differences.
  8. Demonstrate awareness of procedures to ensure patient, public, personnel, and personal safety.

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 Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. 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.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2022.

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
EMC104 Basic Emergency Medical Technology 214

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 official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=180596).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.