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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 Program


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, documentation, communication, and ambulance protocols. 

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate program is a one semester program.  Applicants to the EMT program will be selected in a cohort of 24 students per program location.

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 students 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 for the EMT exam given by the National Registry of Emergency Medication Technicians (NREMT). 

Certificate Plan

EMSB 1601 EMT Medical Emergencies and EMS Operations 6 credits
EMSB 1602 EMT Trauma and Medical Emergencies 6 credits
EMSB 1101 EMT Medical Skills Lab 1 credits
EMSB 1102 EMT Trauma and Medical Skills Lab 1 credits
EMSB 1111 EMT Clinical 1 credit
EMSB 1112 EMT Field Internship 1 credit

Class Location

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate program is offered at the Knox County 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

Books $200.00 (approximately - visit for book titles and prices)
Clinical Uniform (boots) $50.00 (approximately)
Clinical Uniform (pants) $50.00 (approximately)
Clinical Uniform (shirt) $35.00 (approximately)
FISDAP Clinical Software $15.00
Background Checks:
    Truescreen Background Check (required by clinical sites) $45
    Truescreen Drug Test (required by clinical sites) $31
    IdentoGO Background Check (required by the State of Tennessee for state licensure) $38
State of Tennessee Licensure Fee $125.00
National Registry Testing Fee $70.00

Total additional cost $660.00 (approximately)

* EMT Graduates who successfully complete the National Registry of EMT examination are not required to complete the state 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.

According to the most recent information provided by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for EMTs and paramedics in Tennessee is $32,970.

Work Settings

EMTs are employed in a variety of settings including emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue squads, hospitals, clinics, and industrial facilities.

Gainful Employment Information 

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