Emergency Medical Technician

The 170-hour EMT program prepares students to take the state examinations for emergency medical technician certification in Connecticut. This course exceeds the 2009 US Department of Transportation (DOT) EMT Educational Standards.

The EMT program has two components:

  • Didactic: Through lectures, interactive presentations, skills labs, and simulations, you will build the knowledge and skills to care for patients.
  • Clinical/Field Ride-Along: As a student you must complete observation rotations under the supervision of experienced Stamford EMS professionals.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment, you do not need to have any previous medical experience. You must be at least 18 years of age prior to the end of the program.

Medical Requirements

In addition to meeting the student eligibility requirements, you are required to submit copies of the following:

  • Physical: Verification that you have no physical limitations for participating in the classroom and clinical components of the course.
  • Proof of Hepatitis-B vaccine, 3 shot series, positive Hep-B titer, OR signed refusal form.
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR): Proof of MMR vaccine or a positive MMR titer.
  • Tuberculosis: A negative TB skin test within three months of the beginning of the course. If you had a positive reaction to a previous skin test, please submit documentation of a negative chest x-ray.
  • Varicella: A varicella vaccination (or proof of immunization or a positive varicella titer).
  • Copy of health insurance card. You must maintain private health insurance or worker’s compensation insurance for the clinical/ride-along portion of the program, and furnish proof of insurance.  You are responsible for all payment for medical care related to exposure/injuries/illnesses.

Course Materials

Required Textbook (Provided): Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 10th Edition, by AAOS.

Internet Access: Access to our course companion website will be distributed on the first day of class. Reliable internet access is required as this will allow you easy access to the course companion web site, grades, on-line office hours, and much more.

Class Attire: Class uniform will be worn at all times while participating in class and rotations, and will consist of the provided SEMS Academy polo shirt, dark blue pants and black closed-toe shoes.

Recommended Preparation

With every program we expect our students to commit themselves to success by studying, participating in class discussions, approaching faculty or staff members concerning extra help or problems encountered in the program, and being prepared for class on a daily basis. In return, you can expect that our faculty will commit to listen to your needs as a learner, that we will develop quality educational programs, study tips, and classroom presentations, and assist you in becoming successful in our course.

The EMT course is a fast-paced and demanding challenge. It typically requires you to do additional studying outside of the classroom while in the course.