50th Anniversary

Emergency Medical Technician

Program Goals: 
The Emergency Medical Technician program prepares a student for a career as an Emergency Medical Technician. Emergency Medical Technicians are important members of the healthcare team.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to:
  • List key developments in the history of EMS, the five types of services that provide emergency care, and discuss the role of the National Scope of Practice and the National EMS Education Standards as they relate to the levels of EMS education.
  • Understand the body’s topographic anatomy, including the anatomic position and the planes of the body, and the major structures of the respiratory system.
  • Explain how pharmacology relates to paramedic clinical practice and describe the regulatory measures affecting medications administered in the pre-hospital setting.
  • Describe how to determine the mechanism of injury or nature of illness at an emergency and the importance of differentiating trauma patients from medical patients. Discuss some of the possible hazards that may be present at an emergency scene, ways to recognize them, and the precautions to protect personal safety.
  • Define the term trauma and explain its relationship to energy, kinetics, and biomechanics.
  • Discuss the importance of the American Heart Association’s five links of the Chain of Survival to a successful code. Describe how progressive communities can improve survival of pre-hospital cardiac arrest patients.
  • Understand the normal changes that occur in the various body systems during pregnancy.
  • Summarize the medical equipment, safety equipment, and operations equipment carried on an ambulance. Provide examples of some high-risk situations and hazards that may affect the safety of the ambulance and its passengers during both pre-transport and transport.
Admissions Process: 
Admissions inquiries should be directed to admissions [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu .Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at the following link:  http://www.qcc.edu/pages/Enrollment_Steps.html
CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing: 
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offenders Record Information (SORI) are required. Finger printing and drug testing may be required. Students should be aware that a prior or current history of criminal or sexual record could prevent them from participation in the program.
Additional Cost: 
See http://www.qcc.edu/admissions/tuition-and-fees/program-fees for program fees for this program. (Note: Not all programs have program fees). Students should anticipate additional expenses for clinical uniforms, professional liability insurance, clinical parking fees, materials required in the program, EMT practical exam, and EMT written exam.
Technical Performance Standards: 
See the Technical Performance Standards page. (Note: Not all programs have technical performance standards)
Credit for Prior Learning: 
Students enrolled in this program may be able to earn academic credit for prior learning. Please contact the Student Employment and Transfer Center at careerservices [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu, 508-854-4439, Room 272 A.
Career Outlook: 
Please consult The Massachusetts Career Information System at http://masscis.intocareers.com/ or The Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ for specific occupational information. The CIP code for this program is 51.0904.
Transfer Articulations & Opportunities: 
Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at the following link: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer/ArticPathways.html . More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer
Additional Information: 
  • This is a great opportunity for students to gain entry-level employment in the healthcare field prior to matriculating into a select program.
  • Must take the college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no college level courses were previously completed.
Course Title Course # Semester Offered Plan to Take Grade Credits Prerequisites
Semester 1
Strategies for College and Career* ORT 110 F/S/SU     3 Coreq: ENG 090 and ENG 095 or approp place score
Introduction to English Composition* ENG 100 F/S/SU     3 A grade of “C” or higher in ENG 091 and passing the ENG 096 departmental writing final examination essay or approp place score
Introduction to Medical Terminology ALH 102 F/S/SU     3 Coreq-ENG 100 or approp place score
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications CIS 111 F/S/SU     3  
Principles of Human Biology BIO 100 F/S/SU     4 ENG 100 or approp place score
Basic Emergency Medical Technology*** EMT 101 F/S/SU     7  
Total Credits Required:         23  

Program Notes:
If students complete the Health Certificate, maintain a GPA of 3.0 and meet the admission requirements of a Healthcare program they will be guaranteed admission on a space available basis.
*Students are to take ORT 110 with a Healthcare focus.
**If student meets the ENG 100 based on a placement score, PSY 101 can be substituted.
***EMT 101 may be taken as a free-standing course, or as part of the entire certificate.