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Emergency Medical Technology

Emergency Medical Technology

Certificate of Specialization (William J. Harrison Education Center)

Certificate of Specialization in Emergency Medical Technology is a 16-credit-hour program that is required for entry-level EMT employment. The Certificate of Specialization is available at William J. Harrison Education Center only.

The Emergency Medical Technology program at St. Louis Community College provides students with the necessary skills to perform basic life support and some advance procedures in emergency situations. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for state and national licensing boards.

EMTs are skilled in patient assessment and recognition of diagnostic signs and symptoms of major injuries and illnesses. They also learn to use ambulance, rescue vehicle and hospital emergency room equipment. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for emergency medical technicians is expected to grow much faster than average. The department states that the growth will be due to population increases and urbanization.

Persons interested in emergency medical technology should possess:

  • Maturity in dealing with others and co-workers
  • Manual dexterity
  • Physical coordination
  • Ability to give and receive written and verbal directions
  • Have good vision and visual color discrimination for examining patients