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EMT FAQ

Q: I'm interested in EMT-B course but am unsure where to begin. What steps should I take?
A:
We recommend that you first complete the EMHS Virtual Information Session.

Q: How long is the EMT-B course?
A:
During Fall, Winter and Spring quarters (12-13 weeks) the class meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-10 p.m. as well as 4-5 Saturdays. During Summer quarter (8-9 weeks) the class meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-10 p.m. as well as 7-8 Saturdays.

Q: How much does the EMT-B course cost?
A:
 Tuition, books, lab fees, state examination fees total approximately $1,170.57 (fees are subject to change)

Q: How much does the EMT-B recertification course cost?
A:
 Tuition, books, lab fees, state examination fees total approximately $735.01 (fees are subject to change)

Q: When does the EMT-B class meet?
A:
During Fall, Winter and Spring quarters the class meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-10 p.m. as well as 4-5 Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. During Summer quarter the class meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-10 p.m. as well as 7-8 Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Q: Is there an attendance policy?
A:
 Yes, Washington state requires a student to attend the complete course missing no more than 3 classes.

Q: What are the prerequisites for the EMT-B class?
A:
 You must be at least 18 years of age and complete a TCC enrollment application through the admissions office. You must also complete the EMT Basic Application which includes the Washington State Patrol Background Form, Affiliation and Certification Form, Health Clearance and Technical Standards Form. We also need the following documents:

  • photocopy of proof of medical insurance, highly recommended, but not required
  • photocopy of high school diploma, high school transcripts or GED certificate
  • sealed official transcripts from other colleges or photocopy of Accuplacer assessment exam scores
  • photocopy of current driver's license
  • photocopy of current Healthcare Provider CPR Card (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer CPR Card (American Red Cross) - No other certification will be accepted.

Q: Documentation of what immunizations are required?
A:
 Each of the following:

  • TB-2 Step (PPD) – Require a 2 step TB (PPD). The 1st TB skin test must be read 48 to 72 hours after administration. If the first TB Test is negative you must obtain a 2nd TB test within 1 – 3 weeks. The TB 2-step (PPD) must have been within last year. If history of a positive TB skin test a negative chest x-ray report must be submitted.
  • Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – proof of immunity by vaccination (2 doses) or proof of rubella, rubeola, and mumps immunity by titer. If vaccinated prior to 1968, must be re-vaccinated.
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) – Vaccination must be within 10 years.
  • Hepatitis B – proof of immunity by 3 primary series shotsplus immunity confirmed by titer OR Immunity confirmed by titer (anti-HBs) if no documentation of the 3 primary series shots OR HepB waiver
  • Influenza – proof of immunity by vaccination for current flu season.
  • Chicken Pox (Varicella) - proof of immunity by vaccination or proof of immunity by blood titer. If you were born after 1994 you must have proof of 2 doses of vaccination.

Q: Is there a required drug test in order for me to do my clinical rotations?
A:
Yes, you will be required to complete a drug test before attending your clinical rotations. Clinical agencies have to maintain a drug free workplace that promotes a safe and healthy work environment and is in compliance with applicable laws. Based on this therefore, some clinical sites required all students in their facilities complete a drug screen. Additional fees maybe incurred by the student.

Q: What is affiliation, and do I need it?
A:
 An affiliation is required if you wish to become state certified as an EMT-B. This signature must come from a representative of a Washington State Department of Health licensed service provider, i.e. a fire department, private ambulance, police department or search and rescue. You will not need affiliation prior to taking the EMT-B course. This will be the next major step once you complete the course in order to get state certification through the Department of Health.

Q: How do I get an application?
A:
Download the EMT Basic application here

Q: Is there priority admission?
A:
 No, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 28 individuals with completed applications on file.

Q: When should I apply to take the EMT-B course?
A:
  The EMT Basic Course fills up 3 to 4 months before the next quarter starts. We always have a running waitlist each quarter which fills up quickly. There is no guarantee that an applicant will be accepted for the quarter they applied for and/or put on a waitlist due to high enrollment. As soon as you decide you want to attend the EMT Basic course get your application completed along with the requirements and apply.

Q: What is required to obtain EMT-B certification from Washington State?
A:
 Details are available on the Washington State Department of Health's Office of Emergency Medical and Trauma Prevention web site.

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