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Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, and blended online courses
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer

Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Emergency Medical Technician — Certificate (9 credits)
Emergency Medical Services — Certificate (19 credits)

About the Program

This certificate delivers the new National EMS Educational Standards adopted by the state of Minnesota for Emergency Medical Technician education requirements. This certificate will prepare the entry-level Emergency Medical Technician for direct employment in an emergency ambulance service, basic transport service, an emergency room, police department, security department or fire department. Completion of the EMT course prepares the student for the National Registry of EMT examination. Successful completion of the National Registry exam is recognized by the State of Minnesota to generate the state certification required to work as an EMT in Minnesota.

This certificate provides a perfect exit point for the student who is not intending to continue through all stages of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program to the paramedic level, or for currently certified paramedics desiring a credential. It formalizes successful completion of basic life support (BLS) coursework. Additionally, should the student elect to proceed with the Associate in Applied Science in Public Safety Degree, this certificate completes one of the specialty tracks.

Potential Job Titles

Emergency Medical Technicians

Gainful Employment Program Information

Salary Data

  • Emergency Medical Technicians
    Average Wage: $12.36/hour
    Top Earners: $18.68/hour
(Journal of Emergency Medical Services–
(seven county metro area -

Learning Outcomes

EMS-Emergency Medical Technician - Certificate 9 Credits

  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to the role of EMS.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role as an EMS provider.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making and critical thinking skill abilities.
  • Demonstrate affective behavior, acumen, and rapport with patients and healthcare colleagues.

Program Prerequisites

  1. Assessment score placement into RDNG 1000 or completion of RDNG 0090 with a C or higher.
  2. The National Registry of EMT examination testing requires a minimum age of 18.
  3. Proof of current/unexpired American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider (CPR) card required prior to the end of EMT course. The AHA BLS for the Healthcare Provider (CPR) course (EMS 1010) may be taken concurrently with EMT course.
  4. Students must successfully pass the MN Human Services Department and Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) background studies with no restrictions to be approved to participate in required clinicals.
  5. Student must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.

Additional Requirements

Completion of EMSB 1020 with a grade of C or higher is required to sit for the National Registry for the EMT exams and to be awarded the certificate.


The EMS program at Century is licensed to teach EMR, EMT, and Paramedic curriculum by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

Typical Courses
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • EMS Interventions I and II

Contact Information

Admissions Office 651.773.1700 Room 2350 West
Advising & Counseling Center 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information

Chris Caulkins
Program Director
651.779.5743chris.caulkins@century.eduRoom 1242 East
Lynda Goerisch651.773.1720lynda.goerisch@century.eduRoom 1222 East