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Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

Important Information

Short Description

Emergency Medical Technology is a rapidly expanding profession involving the provision of immediate care for the critically ill or injured at the scene of an emergency and transporting these patients to a medical facility.

Type of Credential

Credit Certificate

Program Code

S 501

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Director:
CCBC Essex, Robert M. Henderson, Jr. M.S., NRP, CCEMT-P, NCEE
443-840-1477 or

Additional Information:

  • Health Workforce Shortage Program
  • Selective Admissions Program
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Emergency Medical Technology, see Departmental Exam and Articulated Credit by Industry/Apprenticeship. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities. General education classes are required for associate degrees but not for certificates.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements - While there are no program-specific agreements, see other types of agreements such as guaranteed admission, block transfer, and discounts.

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental coursework and has no transfer credits.

Students must complete prerequisite courses before applying to the program, and are strongly encouraged to complete ENGL 101  before applying.

Courses Needed for This Program*

Total Number of Credits Required for Certificate: 49*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

Program Description

Emergency Medical Technology is a rapidly expanding profession involving the provision of immediate care for the critically ill or injured at the scene of an emergency and transporting these patients to a medical facility. This entrylevel program is designed to educate students at the Emergency Medical Technician (open enrollment) and Paramedic (selective admission) levels of prehospital provider. The career program leading to the Associate of Applied Science degree includes all of the specialized courses based upon the most current EMS Education Standards required to seek licensure as a Paramedic plus college-level General Education courses. Faculty members with experience in hospital and pre-hospital health care provide instruction in classroom, lab and clinical settings. State-of-the-art equipment and materials are dedicated solely to emergency medical services education and training.

The CCBC Essex EMT program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Education Programs, and is an approved Maryland EMS Education Program by the Maryland Emergency Medical Services Board.


Applications for all School of Health Professions programs, except Dental Hygiene and Physician Assistant, are processed in a Central Application Service called CCBC CAS. The link to the CAS and the application instructions are located in the program admissions packet at the School of Health Professions website. You will need a CCBC student ID number and a CCBC student account password to complete the application. If you have questions about the CCBC CAS process, contact the School of Health Professions Admissions Office at (443) 840-1989 or read the FAQ selections at the bottom of each page inside the CAS application.

School of Health Professions Policies

Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code; exhibit professional behavior; communicate effectively in English; provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, and a tuberculosis (TB) test; and submit to a criminal background check and drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. render emergency medical care that includes recognizing life-threatening disorders and initiating appropriate treatments for medical conditions such as airway and respiratory problems, cardiac dysrhythmias, and psychological crises under the medical direction of a physician;
  2. exercise professional judgment to make treatment decisions and provide needed emergency care within preestablished guidelines; and
  3. work in cooperation with medical command authority to direct and coordinate the transfer of patients to an appropriate care facility by the most effective means of transportation.