2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Oct 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook

Emergency Medical Technician Technical Certificate

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The Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT) is an entry-level Emergency Medical Technician. The EMT renders life support to patients at the scene of injuries or illnesses and prepares these patients for transport to the hospital.

Total Credit Hours: 16

Students must contact program faculty directly to register for EMSB courses.  Classes are offered on an intense 15 week schedule (10 weeks in summer semester). Students are also required to complete 96 hours of clinical rotations during their enrollment. Some students may be required to complete coursework prior to enrolling in EMS classes depending upon competency placement in reading, writing, and math.


Requirements for Graduation include:

  1. Total certificate hours must be at least 16
  2. earn 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State
  3. earn GPA of at least 2.0 in program courses
  4. earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Upon successful completion, the candidate is eligible to receive a Technical Certificate and challenge the National Registry exam to obtain National Certification as an EMT and Tennessee State licensure as an EMT or may advance into the AEMT Technical Certificate.

Students and advisors should run a degree audit using Degree Works in ChargerNet each semester to confirm classes are applicable to the program of study.

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, review Gainful Employment Disclosures for this certificate under Consumer Information.

For more information contact:
Amanda Schatz at awatson12@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2686
Health Sciences Division at
HealthSciences@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2599 or 931.540.2600
Detailed information is also available via: www.columbiastate.edu/emt-paramedic

Requirements for the EMT Technical Certificate Include:

EMT classes are completed in one semester. Class size is limited and is filled on a first to qualify basis. The following requirements must be met in order to enroll in EMT classes.

  1. Complete application for admission to the College by submitting the following to the Admissions Office.
    a.  completed Application for Admission
    b.  official college transcripts
    c.  high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma-HSE (GED® or HiSET®)
    d.  Evidence/documentation for the following (on or after the first birthday, where applicable):

    1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): titer lab report verifying immunity OR documentation of two (2) MMR vaccinations.
    2. Varicella zoster (chicken pox): titer lab report verifying immunity, documentation of disease (month and year of occurrence validated by a medical provide), OR documentation of two (2) Varicella vaccinations.
    3. Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster within the past ten years.
    4. Hepatitis B: documentation of the Hep B vaccine series (completed or in progress) OR titer lab results verifying immunity.
    5. Seasonally current influenza immunization. 
    6. Any other immunizations required for clinical affiliate access (or facility approved exemptions if offered).
  2. EMT candidates must, at a minimum, place at Competency Level 1 in all categories (Math, Reading, Writing.) Competency status is each area is validated by ACT sub-scores OR through institutional placement testing.
  3. Must be at least 18 year of age.

To successfully complete the courses/certificate, student must receive clearance from affiliates to participate in clinical education, develop skills, complete objectives and master required competencies.

  1. Criminal background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical affiliates.

  2. A clinical affiliate may choose to deny a student access to participate in clinical rotations at their facility based on the results of a student's background check or drug screen results.

  3. If a student is denied access to any clinical affiliate site, the student will not be allowed to complete the clinical requirements of the program at that site.

  4. For more information about the background check and drug screening process, you may contact program faculty.

EMT students confirmed for the class are required to submit documentation of a completed Physical Examination form with all required health work.  For a checklist of requirements and copies of forms to be submitted visit http://www.columbiastate.edu/emt-paramedic incoming students. Evidence of personal health insurance is also required.  Documentation of all requirements must be submitted before students will be allowed to schedule clinical rotations.

Applicants who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation may be ineligible for licensure by the state of Tennessee.  For more information, contact the State of Tennessee Department of Health Division of EMS. Criminal background checks and routine drug screens are required by several affiliate training sites as a condition of participation in clinical education.  Based on the results of the criminal background check and drug screen, an affiliated clinical site may elect not to allow an individual student to participate in clinicals at the facility.  This could result in inability to successfully complete the requirements of a specific course and program.  More information is available from program officials.

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