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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMT is part of Emergency Medical Services.

Admission to the EMT Course


This program is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills of basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and noncritical patients. Student learning will focus on human anatomy and physiology, disease process, initial assessment and patient stabilization, proper use of equipment such as automatic external defibrillators, oxygen administration, and airway management.  In addition, the student will learn about legal issues, scope of practice, extrication, documentation, communication, and ambulance protocols. 

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) technical certificate program is a one semester program.  Applicants to the EMT program will be selected in a cohort of 20 students per program location. For more information and detailed admission procedures-

Students admitted to the program will complete an academic schedule of lecture, lab, and external learning experience (clinical) over a 15-week period.  Cohort members will be in the classroom 16 hours per week for lecture and lab instruction and 8 hours per week for their external learning experience.  During the external learning experience (clinical), EMT candidates will be supervised by paramedic preceptors with various EMS agencies across the East Tennessee region.    

This program is designed to meet all State and National requirements to prepare in testing for the EMT exam given by the National Registry of Emergency Medication Technicians (NREMT). 

Students are eligible to apply for the Advanced EMT Certificate Program after they become credentialed as an EMT.

Certificate Plan

EMSB1601 EMT Medical Emergencies and EMS Operations 6 credits
EMSB1602 EMT Trauma and Medical Emergencies 6 credits
EMSB1101 EMT Medical Skills Lab 1 credits
EMSB1102 EMT Trauma and Medical Skills Lab 1 credits
EMSB1111 EMT Clinical 1 credit
EMSB1112 EMT Field Internship 1 credit

Class Location

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Technical Certificate program is offered on the Knox Center for Health Sciences and designated RSCC satellite campuses. 

Program Effectiveness Data

Completion Rate – New Program 2014
Program Completion Date is Under Construction

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – New Program 2014
Program Credentialing Examination Pass Rate is Under Construction

Job Placement Rate – New Program 2014
Program Job Placement Rate is Under Construction


The Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Health Licensure and Regulation, Office of Emergency Medical Services provides program oversight.  The program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents and is subject to the standard program evaluation required for performance funding.

Credentialing Requirements

Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Rocco V. Morando Building
6610 Busch Blvd
P.O. Box 29233
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone - (614) 888-4484 
Fax – (614)888-8920

Program Costs

Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

* A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.  Liability insurance fee of $42.50 is added to all student accounts to cover mandatory insurance requirements. 

Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses
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Books $165.00 (approximately)
Clinical Uniform (boots) $50.00 (approximately)
Clinical Uniform (pants) $50.00 (approximately)
Clinical Uniform (shirt) $35.00 (approximately)
FISDAP Clinical Software $15.00
State Background Check $42.00
State of Tennessee Licensure Fee $125.00
National Registry Testing Fee $70.00
Total additional cost $552.00 (approximately)

* EMT Graduates who successfully complete the National Registry of EMT examination are not required to complete the background check or State of Tennessee licensure if they are planning on proceeding to the Advanced EMT course (within 120 days of graduation from EMT). 

Salary and Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, employment of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) is expected to grow 23 percent between 2012 and 2022—much faster than the average for all occupations. As the population continues to age, there will be an increasing de­mand for Emergency Medical Technicians.

The Tennessee Department of Labor, 2010 Occupational Employment and Wages, statewide or Knoxville Metropolitan Area lists the average earnings of Emergency Medical Technicians as $27,334.

Work Settings

EMTs are employed in a variety of settings including fire departments, rescue squads, military, and others agencies that provide first responder medical services such as industrial plants and entertainment facilities.

Gainful Employment Information 

Gainful Employment Information

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