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Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

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Launch your career and make a difference as an EMT

Choose a career path where you can be a real-life hero. Many graduates of the Emergency Medical Technology Certificate program at Clackamas Community College are serving as first responders and saving lives. 

Students who thrive in this unique career are:

  • Calm under pressure. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are prepared to make difficult decisions and perform life-saving skills in challenging situations.
  • Compassionate communicators. As an EMT, you will be a stable and positive presence for people in some of their most difficult moments. 
  • Lifelong learners. The classroom is just the beginning. An EMT Certificate sets a foundation for continual learning opportunities for further certifications and career growth.

Does this sound like you? The Emergency Medical Technology Certificate program at CCC equips you with the skills and knowledge to provide critical care to people in their time of need. During this program, you will complete the classes you need to be eligible to take the EMT certification exam through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). 

Get ready to join a dynamic and respected profession while making a real impact on your community.

Are you planning to transfer to paramedic school?

This certificate of completion includes additional classes required for transfer. Get started on the path to continue your education and expand your career opportunities.


  • Jul 7

    EMT Application Deadline - July 7, 2024

    The EMT application closes on July 7, 2024. Do not wait until the deadline to submit your application, transcripts and/or upload supporting documents.

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

Required classes for the Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

Job Outlook

A career path filled with opportunity

The demand for skilled emergency medical technicians is growing nationwide. When you graduate, you will be prepared to choose from fulfilling careers in a variety of settings, from ambulance services to fire departments and hospitals. Our program also serves as a stepping stone to further education in para-medicine or other health care fields.

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Gain the essential skills to save lives

Our Emergency Medical Technology Certificate program equips you with the hands-on skills and knowledge to act as a vital part of the emergency medical care system. You should learn to:

  • Assess patients accurately: Identify critical signs and symptoms to effectively evaluate a variety of conditions.
  • Perform life-saving interventions: Administer CPR, oxygen therapy and control bleeding according to EMT protocols.
  • Make sound decisions under pressure: Base your actions on clinical knowledge, guidelines and ethical standards.
  • Communicate effectively: Build trust and rapport with patients from diverse backgrounds.
  • Uphold professionalism and ethics: Maintain a high standard of conduct in all situations.
  • Commit to lifelong learning: Stay up-to-date on the latest practices to continuously improve your skills.
For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the  course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. Here is a summary of the estimated costs for this program: 

Estimated program costs

College tuition and fees


Program course fees*



$66-$132 (dependent on rented, used, or new)

Extra supplies and materials


Total costs


*Course fees cover the following items: Background check, drug screening, lab supplies, uniform

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab

Application and Admissions Process

Applying to the emergency medical technology program  

Ready to get started? Applying to this program is a simple 3-step process

We recommend you meet with a health science advisor prior to applying to the program. Our advisors will help answer prerequisite program requirements.

Tracy Pantano-Rumsey, academic advisor, 503-594-6131

Phil Reid, academic advisor, 503-594-0623

For more information on the application process and program requirements, view our advising guide linked below.

Advising Guide

Requirements for EMT Students

Preparation before entering the program ensures success

Students who are formally accepted into the EMT-101 and EMT-102 program must attend a mandatory orientation. During the orientation, students will start the process for completing all nonacademic requirements. 

Please start collecting your vaccine records for the below list of immunizations and, if accepted, be prepared to submit documentation during the orientation. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • 18 years of age (by the time you take EMT-102)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Immunizations (MMR, Varicella, Tdap, Hep B, COVID-19, flu) 
  • Tuberculosis test
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screen
Note: A criminal background check requires a Social Security number. Students will start the criminal background check process during the orientation and upload vaccine records. 

Prerequisite courses (Must be taken prior to the start of the EMT-101 and EMT-102 program with a “C” or better) 

  • EMT-105 Introduction to Emergency Medical Services (online course) 
  • WRD-098 or placement into WR-121 English Composition  
  • MTH-060 Algebra 1 or placement into MTH-065 (or higher)

Essential functions 

  • Strength and mobility: EMTs should be able to lift at least 125 pounds and push at least 50 pounds.  They must have the stamina, endurance and flexibility to repeatedly lift, bend and kneel.
  • Balance and coordination: EMTs should have excellent fine motor skills and steady hands. They should be able to move around and perform tasks in small areas. EMTs climb and descend stairs while carrying patients and provide care in a moving vehicle.
  • Communication: EMTs must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with their patients and other healthcare providers.
  • Sensory: EMTs must have good vision and hearing to assess, treat and safely transport patients.
  • Health: EMTs must stay current with all immunizations, pass a basic physical assessment and drug screening.
  • Mental skills: EMTs need to have a good memory, focus without getting distracted for more than an hour. They must be able to critically think using logic, judgement and reasoning to apply proper care to patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

Starting a new adventure can be an exciting time. We also understand you may have several questions about our EMT program. Here are some of the most common questions we receive.

Don’t see your question listed? Please contact us for more information.

What is an EMT?

An EMT, or emergency medical technician, is a health care professional trained to provide emergency medical care in prehospital settings. EMTs are often the first responders to medical emergencies, such as accidents, injuries and sudden illness. They play a critical role in stabilizing patients and transporting them to medical facilities for further treatment.  EMTs typically work in ambulances but they may also be found in fire departments and hospitals. EMTs perform a variety of medical procedures including administering CPR, controlling bleeding, treating for shock, splinting broken bones, managing spinal injuries, providing oxygen therapy and administering life-saving medications.

How competitive is CCC’s EMT program?

Admission to CCC’s EMT program is limited entry. We have two cohorts of 24 students each per year.  Start by meeting with an advisor who can help you develop a course schedule, connect you to financial resources and answer any questions you may have. Complete the prerequisite classes and submit an application during the open application period. If you are still taking pre-requisite courses, you may be conditionally accepted, as long as you complete all pre-requisites and a mandatory orientation before the program starts.

What modality is the EMT program delivered in?

CCC has two EMT program options. The EMT Career Pathway Certificate is a part-time program with 12 credits taught over two terms. The EMT one-year certificate is a 51-credit program that allows students the flexibility to take classes part time or full time. Classes are offered online or hybrid with in-person class sessions held at the Harmony campus in Milwaukie.

Is the EMT program accredited?

The EMT program uses an approved curriculum from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.  We are accredited by the Oregon Health Authority, EMS and Trauma Systems. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam. NREMT certification is required before you can apply for a license to practice as an EMT.

I am interested in the EMT program but don’t know how to apply. Who can I talk to?

The EMT program is housed under the Health Sciences Department, which is a part of the Health Professions Educational Focus Area. They have two dedicated academic advisors who are knowledgeable in the EMT application process and are available to assist you with any questions related to transfer credits, academic requirements to apply and the application process itself. You can schedule an appointment with an advisor here. Or you can reach out to the advisors via email:

What additional requirements are needed to join the program?

The EMT program follows the guidelines for Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Requirements for students in clinical practicum (409-030-0110). This includes required and recommended immunizations: Hep B, MMR, Tdap, COVID-19 and seasonal flu. It also includes a required 10-panel drug screening (to be completed after orientation into the program). A complete list of the 10-panel drug screening information can be found here. A Tuberculosis screening and criminal background check (to be completed after orientation into the program) are also required. Students must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.

I am an employer looking to hire a recent graduate of the EMT program. Does CCC have a job board for students and alumni?

Yes, thank you for reaching out with employment opportunities for our students. Please find a job board to post job notices for students and alumni here: You will have to sign up as an employer and complete the posting, but this will share your job with a wider audience.

Take the first step in your EMT career

Review all information provided here on this webpage before completing the application.
Meet with a health sciences program academic advisor prior to completing the program application.

Answer all of the questions on the application and submit the application form. The application deadline for fall term is July 7, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

You will be notified via email by Allied Health Admissions on the status of your application along with next steps in the process by July 20.

Note: Conditionally accepted students will be invited to participate in a mandatory orientation at the Harmony campus on Aug. 21, 2024. More information will be provided in acceptance letters.

See where your certificate can take you

The classes you take in this program can help you earn additional certificates or degrees. Take one step at a time and know that each step gets you closer to your future goals. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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