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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.

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Cost & Financial Aid

  • Tuition Cost Per Credit

    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Planning for Your Program

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Emergency Medical Services

Potential Job Titles

Paramedic Science
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Salary Data

Emergency Medical Technicians
Average Wage: $12.35 - 22.35/hour
Top Earners: $28.84/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu

Prerequisites

  1. Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052 with a grade of 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.

Licensure

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