quinebaug valley community college

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide vital medical care for the sick and injured while transporting patients to medical facilities. Depending on the level of training, an EMT is responsible for a variety of tasks to assure a patient’s health and well-being. EMTs are trained to assess a patient’s condition and to perform such emergency medical procedures as are needed to maintain a patent airway with adequate breathing and cardiovascular circulation until the patient can be transferred to an appropriate destination for advanced medical care. Interventions include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, controlling severe external bleeding, preventing shock, body immobilization to prevent spinal damage, and splinting of bone fractures.


Program Description

This EMT-Basic course exceeds the National Department of Transportation and the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health guidelines for an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B). The program introduces the EMT-B candidate to basic human anatomy and physiology, response to emergencies, and the treatment and transportation of ill or injured individuals. The course curriculum involves lectures, hands-on practical training, and emergency department observation time. The EMT-B candidate must maintain an average of 75% or higher in order to take the course final written and practical skills exams. Candidates who successfully complete both testing phases will be scheduled for the Connecticut State final written exam and National Registry EMT Basic practical exam.

Time Commitment
3 nights per week (approx. 150 hours) 4 months

Admission Requirements
Take and score a 65 or better on the reading portion and a 40 or better on the math portion of the Basic Skills Assessment.

Payment Information
• Cost: $1,050
• Includes all textbooks and materials
• Does not include the state certification exam (approx. $100)
• Textbooks will be distributed at the first class
• Eligible for payment plan
• May be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds

Completion of program does not guarantee employment.

Refund Policy
A 100% refund will be granted up until five (5) business days before the start of your class as long as the request is made during normal business hours.

Employment Outlook

EMTs work in an ambulance service (paid or voluntary) as members of technical rescue teams or as part of an allied service such as a fire or police department.

The national average salary is $28,649.

Employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. Job prospects should be good, particularly in cities and private ambulance services.