Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) respond to emergency calls, perform medical services, and transport patients to medical facilities. This program introduces theory and techniques of basic emergency medical care in the pre-hospital setting and pathophysiological principles related to the recognition and management of a variety of patient conditions.
Successful students will be eager to learn, have strong communication skills, and good interpersonal skills. See technical standards at end of this document for additional skills.
Successful EMTs/paramedics work well in a fast paced, high-pressure environment, and are flexible, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Overall employment of EMTs is projected to grow 7 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. For more information about career outlook: US Occupational Outlook Handbook
At the completion of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program, the graduate will be able to:
- perform as an entry-level health professional capable of providing comprehensive, compassionate and efficient pre-hospital emergency medical care in diverse communities of interest; and
- apply for state/national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Health Professions Pathway. Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs. Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study. You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.
Students will be awarded a CCBC Workforce Training Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).
Students who successfully complete the program are also eligible to apply for certification as an EMT.
Certifying Organization: Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) https://www.miemss.org/home/ems-providers/initial-certification
Certification Exam/Application Fee: $0
Certifying Organization: National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) https://www.nremt.org/EMT/Certification
Certification Exam/Application Fee: $104
Financial Aid and Payment Options
We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition, the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.
Prospective students must contact Katie York at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to registration.
Students must be 16 years or older. Students must also be computer literate and have reliable Internet access throughout the program.
Students must submit the following paperwork via CastleBranch.
- Negative PPD (six months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old
- Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
- Current season flu vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form
- Tetanus shot (less than ten years)
- Copy of health insurance card
- COVID-19 vaccine (or approved waiver)
Field experience placement is, in part, dependent upon a criminal background check and random urine drug testing completed through CastleBranch, CCBC’s only approved vendor. The cost of the test and background check is the responsibility of the student. Field experience is necessary to meet the eligibility requirements for certification.
To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application. Then, email CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu for information about upcoming course options.
Provisional Entry - prospective students should contact Katie York at email@example.com prior to registration.
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.
Program Course Sequence
(approximate cost; subject to change)
||Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
||BLS Provider Manual (2020), Publisher: AHA, ISBN: 9781616697686 $22.50;
Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured Essentials Package 12th Edition, Publisher: Public Safety Group, Jones & Bartlett Learning ISBN: 9781284227222, $172.95;
Fisdap Assessment Package: EMT First Edition, Publisher: Public Safety Group, Jones & Bartlett Learning, ISBN: 9781284131987, $94.50
||Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Lab
||N/A-Uses same textbooks as AHL282
||Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Clinical Field Experience
|Course Series Totals:
Castle Branch (background check, drug screening, health record tracking) &uniform (polo shirt) approx. $130
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.
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Technical Standards for CCBC’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program
The primary goal of the Community College of Baltimore County’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position as a frontline emergency health worker. EMT duties require the ability to attend to cognitive and psychomotor tasks for extended periods of time. EMTs must also have outstanding communication and human relations skills. They must pay attention to detail and demonstrate problem-solving skills in noisy and stressful environments. Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:
A. Sufficient strength, mobility, and coordination to:
- Lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance)
- Apply infection control techniques
- Maintain balance from any position
- Crouch, kneel, bend and twist for extended periods of time
- Step up to heights of 14 inches
- Adjust actions in relation to others’ reactions
- Maneuver in small, confined areas
- Negotiate level and uneven surfaces, ramps, and stairs
B. Adequate vision and hearing to:
- Read and understand displays on computers/laptops/tablets
- Read and understand forms and communications from all entities
- Hear and understand language in person, over a radio, via computer, or by telephone in a noisy environment
- Accurately discern street signs and address numbers
Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:
A. Have the ability to:
- Work in a professional manner under sometimes extremely stressful situations and adapt to changing environments
- Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping to maintain accurate patient records
- Commitment to learning and understanding new technologies, regulations, and laws
- Commitment to following approved standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures
- Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
- Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
- Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession, including attending departmental in-service training
- Willingness to precept (train) others
B. Sufficient communication skills to:
- Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
- Carry out all written and verbal instructions
- Follow proper channels of communication
- Communicate in a calm and professional manner
- Communicate clearly and effectively to all team members
C. Intellectual ability and emotional stability to:
- Demonstrate compassion and emotional support for patients experiencing extreme physical and/or mental illness.
- Interact with individuals from a variety of emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
- Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform the task at hand
- Work calmly and efficiently in a fast-paced, stressful environment
- Accept feedback from others Environment Requirements:
- Ability to work in an environment that may be noisy at times
- Ability to function in a variety of environmental conditions including extreme heat, cold, and all forms of precipitation.
- Provide proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases as requested
- Submit to periodic drug screening
• Ability to work in an environment that may be noisy at times
• Ability to function in a variety of environmental conditions including extreme heat, cold, and all forms of precipitation.
• Provide proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases as requested
• Submit to periodic drug screening
Revised March 2022