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Toledo Campus: Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

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Assess patient condition and provide first-response care in this fast-pace, in-demand career

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) represent the first responders in the emergency medical system. This level of training prepares students to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. The EMT has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies. In order to receive more advanced EMT training, such as that for paramedics, students must first certify as EMT’s.

Program content has been developed using curriculum and material defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Standard Curriculum and CoAEMSP under the auspices of CAAHEP. The program received accreditation from the State of Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services, as of June 2011 (OH-22). The approvals and accreditation are critical to the success of this initiative because effective in 2013, all emergency medical services programs must be affiliated with an institution of higher education of the quality educational experiences provided by such programs.

All fifty states require EMT’s and paramedics to be certified. In most states, certificate renewal is required every two to three years, and EMT’s and paramedics must take refresher training courses or complete continuing education requirements. Many states restrict certification based on an individual’s criminal history.

Program Overview

The EMT-Basic certificate program seeks to prepare students to work as part of the healthcare team to provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting. The program will include didactic, laboratory, and clinical components specifically designed to prepare students for entry into professional practice as Emergency Medical Technicians in the State of Ohio, and it also prepares them to sit for the National Registry Written Examination. Students are also able to progress into the Paramedic program the semester following successful completion of the EMT program.

The EMT-Basic program courses begin in the fall semester (August). The EMT-Basic certificate program is 16 credit hours and is one semester in length.

Sample program of study for Emergency Medical Technician Certificate.

Curriculum effective Fall 2018. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2018, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

Mercy College’s EMT-Basic Certificate program provides:

  • A start to your career in emergency medical services
  • Preparation for the State of Ohio EMT Certification
  • Eligibility to take National Registry (NREMT) exam
  • Ability to apply for licensure in other states
  • Option of applying college credit earned in certificate program toward advanced degrees in related healthcare fields
  • Eligibility for Financial Aid

The certificate completer will also be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic problem-solving skills in a pre-hospital environment.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental and foundational knowledge in performing basic pre-hospital assessment of the ill or injured victim in a professional manner.
  3. Utilize effective communication skills.
  4. Relate the importance of continuous learning, professional development and Christian values.
  5. Successfully complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination.

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations."

Most employment opportunities for EMT’s are with private ambulance companies or as volunteers in various municipalities. EMT’s also are constantly needed to replace advancing EMT’s and those who leave the profession. EMT certification is often used as a stepping stone to higher-paying jobs within the health care field, such as paramedics.

Salary Range


Wages for those in the emergency medical services field vary significantly from state to state. Pay varies considerably based on the type of service by which one is employed and work experience.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be a high school graduate with a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0, or a general equivalency (GED) recipient with a score of 500 (score of 50 prior to 2002). If an applicant’s GPA or GED score is below the minimum, he/she may be eligible for admission under transfer student guidelines.

A transfer student must be a high school graduate or a GED recipient and have earned a minimum of 15 credit hours of college coursework from a regionally accredited college, with a GPA of at least 2.0. For applicants who have attended more than one regionally accredited college, GPA’s from all colleges must combine to equal at least a 2.0.

Applicants must possess current and valid certification for American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers, as well as certificates for NIMS IS100 & IS700.