Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Job Description

An Emergency Medical Technician is the first responder on the scene in the event of accident or illness. An EMT must assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, extricate trapped individuals, and transport injured or sick people to medical facilities.

Employment Outlook

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, the 2016 average hourly wage for EMT/Paramedic was $21.54 per hour.  However, the DOL does not differentiate between EMT and Paramedic wages, and paramedic salaries are higher as more training is required.

Admission Requirements

All students must either pass a free MCC reading assessment test or show an official transcript with proof of a passing grade in any college level course. The reading assessment test is given at the MCC Testing Center in SSC L131a (hours listed below).

Have you earned college credit?

  • IF YES: Bring a photo ID and a copy of your official college transcript to the Registrar’s Office to enroll in the course.  Then proceed to the Bursar’s Office to pay for the course.  Payment is due in full at the time of registration.
  • IF NO: You must take a reading comprehension test here at MCC at no cost. The test is given every Monday-Wednesday, 8-11 a.m. and Thursday, 8-10 a.m. (except holidays). No appointment is necessary. You may go directly to room SSC L-131a to take the test.  Please bring your photo ID with you.

Please note: The EMT course is challenging and requires a high degree of commitment in order for a student to successfully complete it.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian prior to acceptance into the program.

Program Description

This course prepares students to sit for the initial State of CT Certified EMT examination and national board certification, a primary qualification for EMT personnel. The course is also useful for police and fire department personnel, ski patrol members, and other emergency personnel and first responders. Students must attend at least 150 hours, achieve a course grade of 75% or above and be recommended by the instructor to sit for the State exam. The exam fee of $125 is paid at the time a student applies to take the test. The course instructor will inform students about the test dates and application process. Students need access to a computer with internet and email for handouts, quizzes and to complete the training. In addition to the classroom sessions, students will complete an additional 40 hours riding along in an ambulance and observing a Hospital Emergency Department. Students must provide their own transportation to the observation assignments. A waiver signed by a parent or guardian is required for students under 18 years of age. Required textbook information and a list of supplies can be found in MCC’s Credit-Free catalog.

Time Commitment

This course usually meets for two evenings a week for ten weeks, plus seven full Saturdays.

Course Schedule

MCC usually offers the EMT course beginning in early September and  February.  For upcoming classes, see the most current Credit-Free Catalog.

Payment Information

Course Fee: $950
Textbook: approximately $195
Stethoscope and Blood Pressure Cuff Package: $50
Exam Fee: $125

Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

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