Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMT LogoZEMT- 716 Emergency Medical Training (EMT) Program (171 hours)
Fee: $1,000 payable in full at the time of registration.

  • State EMT Exam fees are a separate expense payable to the testing service at the time of testing at an approximate cost of $150.

  • Books Required:

    • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Manual from the American Heart Association.

    • Emergency Care, 13th Edition; Limmer, O'Keefe, et al, 2015; Prentice Hall. Can purchase one of two paperback versions;

      • ISBN-10 0134190750 or ISBN-13 9780134190754

  • Students may also purchase:

    • Emergency Care plus MyBRADYLab with access card or eText version with access code: 0133946096 / 9780133946093;

    • MyBRADYLab with Pearson eText Access card. 


Spring 2017 Program
  Spring 2017
Daytime: Monday, Wednesday,  Thursdays, 8:00am - 12:00pm ZEMT 716-C01
Evening:  Monday, Wednesday,  Thursdays, 6:00pm - 10:00pm ZEMT 716-C02

Except where noted

Dates follow the Monday, Wednesday, Thursday pattern with one Tuesday for both day and evening.
Auto Extrication and the State Exam are scheduled on Saturdays.

January 23, 25, 26, 30
February 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, Tuesday 21, 22, 23, 27
March 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
April 3, 5, 6, Saturday 8, 10, 12, (possible make-up date, likely on the 13th)

State Exam date Saturday, April 22


For more Information, please call the Workforce Training Office (413) 755-4225 or email  workforcetraining@stcc.edu

Program Description

The Emergency Medical Training Program consists of approximately 171 hours of in class lectures and a minimum of 20 hours on-line training, a field trip, and workshops designed to prepare the student to challenge the Massachusetts State Certification Examination. The program is based on the Department of Transportation curriculum for Basic Emergency Medical Technician and is approved by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services. The EMT program gives the student an excellent foundation in Basic Life Support skills and techniques; patient assessment; and safe, sane transportation.

Blended Education

Students will be required to spend a minimum of 40 minutes for most lessons on-line.  The publisher's resource provides support materials for each chapter including quizzes, videos, animations, case studies, virtual tours, interactive exercises, web links and study aids. Computer time is added to each lesson.  In addition to 151 hours of class time, each student will complete a minimum of 20 hours on-line.

Instruction includes:

  • 151 hours of lectures and workshops

  • Minimum of 20 hours on-line training

  • 3 hours of field exercises - auto extrication

Program Outline:

  • Introduction to Emergency Care Training and Legal Aspects

  • Airway Obstruction, Respiratory Arrest, and Cardiac Arrest

  • Mechanical Aids to Breathing and Resuscitation

  • Bleeding, Shock, Traumatic Injuries, and Wound Care

  • Fractures of the Upper and Lower Extremities and Neck and Back Injuries

  • Medical Emergencies and Assisted Medications, Behavioral and Environmental Emergencies

  • Obstetrics and Gynecological, Pediatric and Elderly Emergencies

  • Patient Handling, Extrication, Communications, and Terrorism

EMT Skills Include:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automatic External Defibrillation

  • Patient Assessment and Wound Care

  • Splinting and Neck/Back Immobilization

  • Oxygen Therapy and Resuscitation Techniques

  • Patient Handling and General Knowledge of the Ambulance

Assignments to be completed before the 1st class

  1. Each student must complete assigned reading BLS for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association, which is to be read before the first class meeting.
    The book is available in the College Bookstore

  2. The on-line reading and test for FEMA IS-700a: NIMS: An introduction

  3. The on-line reading and test for ICS-100-Introduction to Incident Command System

EMT Prerequisites/Requirements

  1. At least 18 years of age within 3 weeks of the class start date.

  2. Satisfactory report on a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)

    • This must be completed during the enrollment process. Any student who does not meet this requirements at least 14 days prior to scheduled start date will be removed from the class roster.

  3. Students enrolled in the School of Health and Patient Simulation (Nursing, Dental, Medical Imaging, Medical Assisting, Rehabilitation Therapies, Cosmetology, etc.), Early Childhood Education, or non-credit healthcare programs (CNA, EMT, Phlebotomy) are required to submit vaccination records.

    • Tdap within 10 years

    • Immunity to measles (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)

    • Immunity to mumps (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)

    • Immunity to rubella (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)

    • Immunity to hepatitis B (three vaccine doses or positive titer results)

    • Immunity to varicella: (Two doses of Varicella vaccine or positive titer results.)

    • Tuberculosis screening

      • Two Mantoux tests (PPD), the first within the past year, the second no more than a year previous to the first (2-step)

      • or T-Spot blood test within the past year

    • Two Mantoux tests (PPD), the first within the past year, the second no more than a year previous to the first (2-step)

    • If the student has a history of a positive tuberculosis test, a Chest X-ray is required within the last 2 years and an annual tuberculosis questionnaire must be completed
      Students must have a minimum of a TB verification prior to classes starting

  4. A physical exam (form attached below) is required from each student enrolled in a health field, Early Childhood Education, or who participates in athletics. Students must have had a physical exam within the last year, prior to the start of classes.

    • If a student does not have a medical provider for this physical exam, they can obtain an exam from STCC Health Services for a cost of $ 50.00. (Please contact 755-4385 to make arrangements)

  5. Students must have documentation that ALL immunization requirements have been met prior at least 30 days prior to the clinical sessions. (It is anticipated that the clinical component for EMT will begin within approximately 30 days after the start of the program.)

    • Any student that does not meet this requirement will not be able to remain in the course and will be withdrawn from the program. Note that certain medical clearances may take several weeks to complete.

Health History Forms & Requirements

Health History Form:
All students are asked to submit a Health History Form each year. This form lists medications, allergies, emergency contacts, etc.

Health Record Requirements
All students enrolled either in a health field or Early Childhood Education must submit immunization records. This form lists the requirements.

Student Physical Exam Form:
All students enrolled either in a health field or Early Childhood Education must submit a record of a recent physical exam. This form is also for student athletes.

Tuberculosis Questionnaire:
This form is for students that have a history of a positive tuberculosis test. This form must be submitted annually.

Cori/Sori (Criminal Offender Record Information & Sex Offender Registry Information)

Students accepted into any program or offering of the School of Health and Patient Simulation, or other offerings as announced by the college must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check at least once a year for the duration of enrollment. This policy also applies to students participating in laboratory experiences on and off campus, including field trips and site visits. Depending on the student’s CORI and SORI report, participation in a program or clinical affiliation, laboratory, or practicum experience may be denied. Any student, who refuses to consent to a CORI and SORI check, will be precluded from participating in the corresponding clinical fieldwork, practicum course, and/or laboratory experience. Students who do not complete the required clinical, laboratory or practicum courses will be unable to fulfill requirements for graduation and may be withdrawn from the program. Alternative clinical, laboratory, and/or practicum experiences, on or off-campus, are not an option. For additional information, contact the Dean of the School of Health and Patient Simulation, 413-755-4510.

CORI and SORI checks are performed pursuant to the Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, and consistent with guidelines promulgated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

Please note that a CORI/SORI Request Form must be on file at the College before the student can register for classes.
Note that most employers will require an extensive criminal justice back ground check and drug test.

Drug Screening for Clinical Placement

The School of Health & Patient Simulation is committed to high quality education and providing excellent clinical experiences to students in the health professions. Students are expected to perform at their highest functional level during all educational and clinical experiences in order to maximize the learning environment and ensure patient safety. Thus a student’s performance at all times must be free of any impairment caused by prescription or non-prescribed drugs or alcohol use. Students enrolling in NON-CREDIT HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAMS MAY BE REQUIRED to undergo and pass a drug and/or alcohol screening analysis in order to be eligible for placement in a clinical facility.

Students assigned to clinical education experiences at our contracted facilities may also be required to undergo and pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that clinical facility and in the program. Students who fail a screening, or refuse to submit to a screening within the designated time frame will be ineligible for clinical placement, which will affect their status in the program. Students with a positive drug test may challenge the results of the test within five (5) days of notification of the drug test results. This challenge must be in writing and delivered to the college’s Director of Health Services. Students may re-apply for re-entry into a health program after one year. Requests for re-admission will be considered on a case by case basis.

Students who are notified of a “negative-dilute” result will submit to a random drug test within 24 hours of the previous test in order to confirm the negative status of the screening. Additional random testing may also be required under the guidelines listed in your program’s handbook. A student who claims that he/she tested positive due to a prescription drug and was unable to clarify this matter with the medical review officer (MRO) from the drug testing lab shall be required to provide evidence from a health care provider of the type of prescription, dates of permissible use and dosage amounts within five (5) days of notification of the drug test results to the college’s Director of Health Services. Failure to complete this notification will result in the student being ineligible for clinical placement, which will affect their status in the program

Students who test positive for marijuana are unable to continue in a clinical placement, which will affect their status in the health program. A student who has a prescription for Medical Marijuana and tests positive for marijuana will also be ineligible to participate in clinical placement due to the federal restriction on the use of marijuana. While the use of Medical Marijuana is permitted in Massachusetts, marijuana remains classified as a controlled substance under federal law and its use, possession, and/or cultivation at educational institutions remains prohibited.

Note that most employers will require an extensive criminal justice back ground check and drug test.

Background Check Policy

Students enrolled in Health Professions Programs that involves potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. Depending on the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in such academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student's ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee your eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation. It is your responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for your particular healthcare profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment in that field.

Suggested Enrollment Process

With the requirements listed above, students can enroll online BUT MUST come to STCC Building 16, Room 146 with other information immediately!

To Enroll Online:

  1.  Click: ‘On Line Registration’ on the left side of this webpage.

  2. Click on Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes

  3. Type in ‘Emergency ’ and hit 'Submit"

  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates

  5. Enter in your personal and credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you. It should have the Building and Classroom for the course.

    • If it does not, check with our office at 755 4225 a few weeks prior to the class to confirm the room numbers.

  6. Come to campus as soon as possible for CORI and Medical Clearance information. (see below)

With the requirements listed below, students can enroll online BUT MUST come to STCC Building 16, Room 146 with other information immediately!

To Enroll in Person:

Go to STCC Building 16, Room 146 to register for the course or call 755 4225

  1.  Bring a photo ID, (for CORI)

  2. Enroll in the course, Pay for the course in Full

  3.  Bring any of the required medical paperwork you may have already have on hand, (to start the Medical Clearance process bring the paperwork to Building 20, Room 320.)

  4.  Take the Career 101 test, (if available)

  5. Make sure that you fulfill ALL of the medical clearance requirements with your physician.

    • Make copies of this information and mail or hand deliver the results as soon as possible to STCC, Health Services Office in Building 20, Room 320 One Armory Square, Springfield, MA, 01102.