Emergency Medical Technology
Certificate of Specialization (CS)
Offered through Health Sciences
@ Forest Park | Wildwood | South County Education Center
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) care for the sick and injured. EMTs are skilled in patient assessment and recognition of diagnostic signs and symptoms of major injuries and illnesses. They also know how to use ambulance, rescue vehicle and hospital emergency room equipment.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
A Career with Variety
The successful EMT should be able to work as a team and with others; possess manual dexterity and physical coordination; be able to give and receive written and verbal directions; and have good vision for examining patients. In addition, the EMT must be prepared for considerable kneeling, bending and heavy lifting of patients. Working conditions may be stressful, involving life or death situations and suffering patients.
EMTs are employed by private and public ambulance services, fire and police departments, hospitals, rescue squad operations and other emergency medical services.
About the Program
Students who are just starting out in the EMT profession should consider earning the Certificate of Specialization, which is required for entry-level EMT professions.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to perform basic life support and some advanced procedures in emergency situations. Prior to entering the program, students must have a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider CPR Card. Graduates of the emergency medical technology program are eligible to sit for state and national licensing board exams.
Opportunities in the Field
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for EMTs is expected to grow by 15 percent by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is attributed to population increases, urbanization and the increasing emergency needs of the aging Baby Boomer population.
Some EMTs become paramedics, instructors, dispatchers or physician assistants; others move into sales or marketing of emergency medical equipment. A number of people become EMTs to test their interest in health care before training as registered nurses, physicians or other healthcare workers.
EMT salaries vary with the specialty, type of employer and years of experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of EMS workers was $34,320 per year in 2018. The lowest ten percent earned less than $22,760, and the top 10 percent earned more than $58,640.
The gainful employment regulation requires nondegree programs at community colleges to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. You can view the information for this program here as reported to the Department of Education.
Cost of Attendance
For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.
Program Career and Salary Information
Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.
The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.