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.

Registration Requirements

Registration for all non-credit allied health courses must be done in person at the Registrar’s Office.  Students cannot register over the phone or online for these courses. Bring the following items listed below when you register.

All students must:

  1. Have a photo ID
  2. Pass a free MCC reading assessment test OR
  3. Show an unofficial or official transcript with proof of a passing grade in any college-level course.

Free assessment tests are given at the Testing Center in SSC L131a. Please check the current Credit-Free catalog for Testing Center hours. No appointment is necessary. You may go directly to room SSC L-131a to take the test.  Please bring your photo ID and your high school diploma or GED 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.  A GED or high school diploma is not required to take the course.


Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Students risk losing their spot in class if they do not pay for the course in full. Financial Aid is not available for non-credit courses, however some Scholarships and/or SNAP Benefit Scholarships may be available

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 percent 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.

More Information

For more information, please visit the current Credit-Free Catalog.

Lorraine Doonan 
Allied Health Program Coordinator
Credit-Free Programs, Continuing Education Division