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EMT Certificate

A prerequisite to the TCC Paramedic program.  

May 2021 Admission Update:

In light of evolving needs related to the pandemic, TCC has been fortunate to continue to provide in-person education for our health science programming.  The enrollment processes for the Emergency Medical Technician program are under review, and are subject to change. 

Prior to enrollment, it is essential that prospective students understand fundamental requirements for participation in a health science education program and career.  Please carefully review the Gateway to Health Careers  to help determine if healthcare is the right career path for you. 

If you are interested in moving forward, here is what we can tell you as we refine enrollment processes for our Fall 2021-2022 EMT program.

TCC plans to offer several options to complete the EMT program in the 2021-2022 academic year.

  1. Traditional course option
  2. IBEST option: Specifically designed for adults and second language learners without college credit or experience. This program provides academic and additional wraparound supports.
  3. Community-based location: Specifically designed to enhance options for access in underserved Tacoma neighborhoods. Tacoma’s East Side is the anticipated community site for fall 2021. 

We appreciate the challenges this may present with educational planning for students and can assure you that significant efforts are underway to provide additional clarity as soon as possible.  Please check back regularly for additional information and details.

EMT Certificate 

The EMT Program at Tacoma Community College trains students in fundamental emergency medical procedures including, but not limited to:

  • HIV/HBV Prevention
  • Baseline Vitals
  • Lifting and Moving of Patients
  • Airway Management
  • Communication and Documentation
  • General Pharmacology
  • Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Behavioral and other Emergencies
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Injuries to Head and Spine
  • Diabetes and Allergies
  • Poisonings
  • Infant and Child Emergency Care

    This course adheres to the U.S. Department of Transportation Guidelines and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services standards. Admission into the EMT (EMC110 and EMC 111) courses are regulated by the State of Washington.

    Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Tacoma Community College. This will enable them to participate in the national registry testing process (NREMT).

    The EMT program helps students partially fulfill prerequisites for entry into the EMS-Paramedic Program at Tacoma Community College. Learn more about prerequisites.  

Please note: Students must have either their high school diploma or GED to sit for the NREMT and obtain Washington State certification. After successfully passing this exam, the student will be eligible to apply for work as an EMT.

Admission Requirements for the EMT Program

  • Assessment scores showing placement at ENGL 085 or higher, and MATH 085 or higher
  • Or, successful completion with a C grade or higher in ENGL 075 and MATH 075 
  • Current government issued photo identification


Emergency Medical Technician Certificate (12 credits)

The EMT program is the entry-level certification course for the Emergency Medical and Health Services field. 

Course Number Course Name Credits
EMC 110 Emergency Medical Technician Basic 10
EMC 111 Emergency Medical Technician Lab 2

How to Enroll

The EMT program is typically offered every quarter. Classes typically will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. 9 p.m., and then every other Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (total of 5 Saturdays).  Admission processes are currently under review and subject to change.  Please see above for admission process updates.  

EMT Certificate Program Packet (PDF)

This certificate is also available in the IBEST format in a 1-quarter, campus-based model. This program is designed for students below college level in their reading/writing/math skills and includes additional adult basic education courses.

Questions? Call Us!

Program Information 253-566-5113


TCC's EMHS Program

The EMT Certificate is part of TCC's EMHS program.