Emergency Medical Technology

Certificate of Specialization (CS)

Leader in the field: The Emergency Medical Technician program is the longest-running of its kind in the region.

Hands-on training: Within weeks you’ll be working with paramedics and nurses on board an ambulance and in a hospital emergency department.

Jobs: STLCC graduates have been hired by organizations such as St. Louis Children’s Hospital, SSM DePaul Health Center, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Gateway Ambulance and Abbott Ambulance.

A Career With Variety: Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) care for the sick and injured. EMTs are skilled in patient assessment and recognition of diagnostic signs and symptoms of major injuries and illnesses. They also know how to use ambulance, rescue vehicle and hospital emergency room equipment. The successful EMT should be able to deal with coworkers and others; possess manual dexterity and physical coordination; be able to give and receive written and verbal directions; and have good vision for examining patients. In addition, the EMT must be prepared for considerable kneeling, bending and heavy lifting of patients. Working conditions may be stressful, involving life or death situations and suffering patients. EMTs are employed by private and public ambulance services, fire and police departments, hospitals, rescue squad operations and other emergency medical services.

About the Program: Students who are just starting out in the EMT profession should consider the 16-credit-hour Certificate of Specialization program, which is offered at the William J. Harrison Education Center and is required for entry-level EMT professions. Students will be prepared to perform basic life support and some advanced procedures in emergency situations. Prior to entering the program, students must have a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider CPR Card. Graduates of the emergency medical technology program are eligible to sit for state and national licensing board exams.

Salary Information: EMT salaries vary with the specialty, type of employer and years of experience. On average, EMTs can expect a median annual wage of $30,360, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Upon graduation students receive a Certificate of Specialization in Emergency Medical Technology and will be eligible to take the national board examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Accreditation: This program is fully accredited by the Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Lecture, Lab and Practice: You immediately begin practicing important medical skills. Classroom instruction focuses on anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, patient assessment, pharmacology, patient care in the field, safety and wellness, and hazardous materials.

Clinical experience: To broaden your experience, you will rotate through four shifts at multiple hospitals and fire and ambulance services in the area. You are supervised by preceptors while you observe and assist as members of the healthcare team.

More than 1 million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have.


  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Industrial Emergency Teams
  • Ambulance Services
  • Fire Departments
  • Urgent Cares
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Casinos
  • Industry

Job Resources:

Opportunities in the Field: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for EMTs is expected to grow by 33 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is attributed to population increases, urbanization and the increasing emergency needs of the aging Baby Boomer population. Some EMTs become paramedics, instructors, dispatchers or physician assistants; others move into sales or marketing of emergency medical equipment. A number of people become EMTs to test their interest in health care before training as registered nurses, physicians or other health care workers.

Gainful Employment Data – Emergency-Medical-Technology

STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than for-profit institutions.

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Clinical Eligibility: Prior to working with patients on a clinical unit, you must:

  • Submit proof of current CPR – American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Submit a complete immunization series
  • Submit a negative TB skin test
  • Undergo a background check and drug screen*
  • Meet technical standards related to observation, communication, motor skills, behavioral and social attributes

You also may need to purchase health insurance.

The cost to fulfill these requirements is your responsibility. For a complete list of estimated costs, please meet with a member of the Emergency Medical Technology faculty.

* These must be administered by a college-approved background screening company prior to the beginning of the fall semester of admission. If you fail the criminal background check and/or drug screen, you may be prohibited from participating in clinical education, which will prevent you from being able to complete all program requirements.


Mark Christopher
Phone: 314-763-6032
Email: mchristopher@stlcc.edu


Prior to registration we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review your academic history as it relates to this program.

STLCC’s Emergency Medical Technology program is a selective admissions program with academic prerequisites, including reading proficiency, as well as requirements regarding clinical eligibility as noted under “Estimated Expenses & Financial Aid.” Meet with an STLCC advisor or faculty member for more details.

Emergency Medical Technology (CS) 16 Credits

Certificate of Specialization
Program Total: 16 credits
EMT:119 EMT Emergency Medical Skills 1
EMT:121 Emergency Care, Principles and
EMT:122 Emergency Medical Technology Internship 6
*EMT:121 meets all of the current requirements for Missouri State EMT-B licensure. It includes the assessment and care of the sick and injured, pediatric and geriatric emergencies, childbirth, vehicle extrication, defibrillation, hazardous material situations and the use of adjunctive EMS equipment. An emergency medical internship is included.


Emergency Medical Technology Student Policy and Procedures

STLCC’s Emergency Medical Technology Advisory Board brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year renewable terms, and STLCC’s faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

Emergency Medical Technology Clinical Sites

  • Christian Hospital Northeast
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital
  • Louis Children’s  Hospital
  • SSM DePaul Health Center
  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
  • Anthony’s Medical Center
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital
  • SSM St. Joseph Health Center – St. Charles
  • Joseph West Hospital
  • Clayton Fire Department
  • Rock Township Ambulance District
  • North Jefferson County Ambulance District
  • Eureka Fire Protection District
  • Maryland Heights Fire Protection District
  • Gateway Ambulance

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a waiting list for the program?

Qualified students are accepted on a first come/first serve basis. There is currently no waiting list.

When does the program begin?

STLCC starts a new class every semester.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Two semesters.

How many students are accepted each year?

Approximately 100 students in fall and spring semesters and 50 students in the summer semester.

What should I do while waiting to start the program?

For more information, see the Recommended Academic Plan (RAP sheet) under “Program Curriculum.”

What do Emergency Medical Technologists do?

Emergency Medical Technologists (or EMTs) primarily are responsible for providing immediate care and treatment for ill and injured patients and transport them to the appropriate facility.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians


The Emergency Medical Technology program is offered at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses, as well as online. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.

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