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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)


Health Science Workshops: Nov 6-27, 2018. Workshops to help students with the requirements and admissions process for all Health Science programs. See locations.

EMT is part of Emergency Medical Services.

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). 

Class Location

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate program is offered at the Knox County Center for Health Sciences and designated RSCC satellite campuses.


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

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 2022much 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.

Interested in the EMT program?

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Admission Requirements

Health Science Workshops: Nov 6-27, 2018. Workshops to help students with the requirements and admissions process for all Health Science programs. See locations.

Admission to the EMT Program

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

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).

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David S Blevins • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4768 • Click name for email address

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