Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

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What is an EMT?

EMTs work with paramedics and doctors to help save lives in emergency situations. They are trained to give basic medical care, like checking a person's breathing, bleeding, and/or wounds.


  • The role of an EMT can be rewarding, but also mentally and physically demanding. In order to obtain certification/licensure, a student must pass an accredited course, successfully pass the state and National Registry of EMT written and practical examinations, and pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have obtained a high school diploma or GED
  • College placement test scores: RD115, WR115, MTH060
  • Ability to lift over 100 pounds
  • Completed program application
  • Possess an American Heart Association BLS CPR card (offered at the beginning of the course)
  • Must successfully complete ACEMAPP, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen, and provide immunizations prior to participating in the required hospital clinical shift, field internship “ride along”, or becoming certified.
    • Certain misdemeanor or felony convictions may prevent you from becoming licensed or employed by an EMS Agency.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program at Mt. Hood Community College offers an evening EMT-Basic course that follows that National Standard Curriculum set forth by the US Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This includes the didactic, practical, clinical, and field internship training, which qualifies the student to take the State of Oregon EMT Basic and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examinations. This six-month training is accredited by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority, EMS & Trauma Systems Program.


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