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Emergency Medical Services: EMT

2019-20 EMT (PDF)

Career Pathways Certificate
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) pathway certificate offers career training for entry-level personnel in EMT. Successful completion of the EMT course leads to eligibility to sit for the state and National Registry EMT exams. Successful completion of the curriculum leads to a two-term RCC pathway certificate and the ability to apply for positions as EMTs in hospital emergency departments and ambulance services. It is also the minimum requirement for some firefighter positions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Perform an adequate patient assessment and formulate and implement a treatment plan for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.

Demonstrate effective communication, cultural competency, and conflict management and intervention skills for people in crisis.

Implement self-care strategies and techniques to address the impact of stress and emotional trauma on emergency providers.

Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and decision making in the management of multiple personnel on emergency scenes.

Understand and follow workplace expectations regarding attendance, safety, conduct, and professionalism.

Describe and use defensive and safe driving techniques in the operation of emergency vehicles.

Demonstrate safe work practices in a variety of specific rescue situations including rope, water, wilderness, and confined space rescue.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

This program requires an application and satisfaction of certain course admission criteria prior to enrolling in the EMT certification courses (ES131, ES132). Information is available on the Department website ( or at the Emergency Services (ES) Department office located at the RCC Table Rock Campus. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an ES Department advisor prior to beginning any coursework.

Students must be at least 17 years old to apply to the EMT course. Students must be a high school graduate or have a GED or equivalent to be eligible to sit for the state and National Registry EMT exams. In addition, students must meet the qualifications outlined by the Oregon Health Authority – EMS. Students are required to submit verification of certain immunizations and medical tests. Students will also be required to pass a drug screening and a criminal background investigation prior to their mandatory clinical time.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the ES Department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the ES Department chair before being accepted toward core requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing all credits outlined in this program with a grade of “C” or better will earn an EMT pathway certificate. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an ES Department adviser prior to beginning any coursework

Course No.
Course Title
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement test scores
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-12

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title

First Term

ES105 Introduction to Emergency Services 4
ES131 EMT Part I 4
ES131L EMT Part I Lab 1
ES268 Emergency Service Rescue 3


Second Term

ES132 EMT Part II 4
ES132L EMT Part II Lab 1
EMS170 Emergency Communication and Documentation 2
EMS171 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
  Approved program elective(s) 3-8



Approved Pathway Electives (3-8 credits allowed)

AH100 Medical Terminology 3
BI211 General Biology I 4
CJ243/SOC243 Drugs, Crime and Addiction 4
EMS160 Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation 2
ES295 Health and Fitness for Emergency Service Workers 3
FRP251 Firefighter Level I 1 3
FRP251L Firefighter Level I Lab 1 5
FRP261 Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations 1
HC100 Community Health Worker 6
HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or SP218 Interpersonal Communications 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing 3
WR121 English Composition I 4
  Any world language 4
  Approved social science elective (see catalog for approved list of electives) 3-4

1 FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable.

For more information contact the Emergency Services Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7965
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7965
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
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