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EMT: Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How much does the EMT course cost?
A: Based on in-station tuition rates, prepare to spend between $2,800 and $3,000. This estimate includes tuition, books, testing & professional fees.

Q: How do I become a paramedic?
A: Becoming a paramedic is a three-step process with EMT being the first. Once you have successfully finished EMT school, you must complete Advanced EMT training. After you have obtained your Advanced EMT license, you may then apply to the Paramedic program.

Q: Can I get financial aid for this course?
A: Yes, the EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic programs all qualify for federal student aid as well as veteran benefits.  

Q: What is advanced EMT and is that longer?
A: Advanced EMT is the second tier of training. You must first obtain your EMT license then you can attend AEMT training which is a one-semester, 16-hour program. In all, plan to spend 2 semesters obtaining both certificates in order to increase your chances of employment and career progression.

Q: What if there might be something on my background check?
A: Our clinical affiliates require background checks as part of their process for screening potential interns. Once an applicant submits a background check online, the company emails the results of that check to a secured account at the College. There are three potential results (based on the criteria of the company doing the background check, not the program or our clinical affiliates) the College could receive: Green, Yellow, and Red. If the results show Green, no further action is necessary. If the results show Yellow or Red, the applicant must request that a detailed summary of the background check be sent to the College. The College then submits the background check, without identifying the applicant, to each of our clinical sites for them to use in determining if they will allow an applicant access to their facilities. If even one site declines access, the applicant will be unable to complete the clinical portion of the class. This would make the applicant unable to pass the course and apply for a Tennessee EMT-IV license. If you think or know there are items that will show up on your background check, and want to know if any past record would keep you from registering for EMT or Paramedic class, you will have to submit a background check online in the same manner as someone who has already registered for the class. We will then follow our procedure with our clinical affiliates. There is a cost for each background check, and you may have to submit another background check after registering for the class because there is an expiration date on the background check (usually 30 days). There is also a background check done by the State of Tennessee whenever a student submits a license application to the State. The State reviews this background check and makes their determination on a case-by-case basis. Neither the College nor the EMS Education Department has any input in, or control over, the State’s decision to grant or deny a license based on the results of this background check. The only way to know if you would pass this background check is to submit an application for a license. The only way to submit an application is to complete either an EMT or Paramedic.

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