Toledo Campus: Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

Program At A Glance

1 semester

to earn certificate

7% career growth (faster than average)

expected from 2018 to 2028

Classes two days a week

Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Online Anatomy & Physiology Prehospital Provider course

Meets State of Ohio requirement for entering Paramedic Program

Program Overview


Students who complete the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certificate will 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 in a professional manner of the ill or injured victim.
  3. Use effective communication skills.
  4. Successfully complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination.
  1. An applicant must be a high school graduate or a general equivalency (GED) recipient.
  2. An applicant must possess current and valid certification for American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers.
  3. An applicant must provide a valid picture ID that includes date of birth.
  4. Certificates for NIMS IS100 & IS700.

Criminal background checks, drug screens, health records, and titers/immunizations are required prior to the start of the clinical program. Program requirements and instructions are maintained on the College website at The Policy can be found at

The EMT-Basic non-credit 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 includes 150 contact hours of didactic and laboratory instruction, and a minimum of 10 clinical hours, which includes 10 patient assessments. The curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students for entry into professional practice as Emergency Medical Technicians in the State of Ohio. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam. By becoming a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician, you will be eligible to progress into a Paramedic program to continue your career advancement.

Program Completion

Students must complete the lecture and laboratory portion of the course (CED ES10) with a minimum of 76% and successfully complete the required skills in the clinical portion of the program (CED ES20) in order to receive a certificate of program completion.

A cumulative grade lower than a “C,” is considered a failure. Students who fail the EMT program or withdraw from the course will not receive a course refund or certificate of completion.

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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.

Curriculum effective Fall 2021. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2021, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, 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.

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Program Cost and Expenses

Total Program Cost:

$2150 (includes all textbooks and Pre-Hospital Provider Anatomy and Physiology course)*
$1650 (includes all textbooks; if already successfully completed a post-secondary Anatomy and Physiology course)*

*Does not include cost for mandatory Health Screening Requirements (CastleBranch)

This program is not financial aid eligible.