Columbia State EMS Education:

EMT Program

Summer 2016

The Summer 2016 EMT Program is filled and closed. If you are interested in the EMT program, please refer to the fall offerings below.

Fall 2016

Day Time
 Northfield (Spring Hill)
Tuesday & Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 5:20 p.m.
 Columbia Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. -9:45 p.m
Full Term: 22 August- 9 December

You may apply to the program by clicking here to access the Request for EMT Enrollment Fall 2016. Class seats are filled on a first-come, first-qualified basis and the only way we know you’re qualified is if you are FULLY admitted to the college with all of your transcripts and immunization records on file. Also, you must not have any holds on your record that bar you from registration (Right Start Orientation, Placement, Immunization, Citizenship, etc.). If you have any further questions about the program, please direct them to Eric McCullough, as well.

DO NOT start on any background checks or drug screens until told to do so by instructor cadre. Failure to comply means you WILL pay for them again.


What is the EMT Program? The Emergency Medical Technician:  (EMT) course is an academy-style, semester long program designed to educate and train students to serve as a vital member of a pre-hospital EMS team. This course provides students with the necessary didactic and practical training to perform life-saving skills.  Additionally, students will learn to work alone as well as in a squad-based (team) environment.  Classes are offered year round both during the day and in the evening (summer offerings limited to 1 class).  Day classes are offered 2 days/week while evening classes are offered 4 nights/week usually Monday through Thursday 5:30- 9:30PM.  Location of classes vary from semester to semester.

What about clinical rotation requirements?
This program is time intensive both in and outside the classroom as you must complete 96 hours of clinical rotations at various EMS organizations and emergency departments.  This requirement means that you will spend the following time outside of class:
  • 12-hour shifts on the ambulance (EMS rotations)
  • 12-hour shifts in the emergency room (Hospital rotations)

What is the first step?
Apply for admission to Columbia State Community College. You can apply online or on any of the campuses. Ensure the college has received:
  • Proof of MMR Vaccination
  • High School Transcript
  • All college transcripts
  • ACT Scores (if applicable)
  • Documentation of Varicella Zoster immunizations (2) or positive titer

You must be eligible to enroll in 0800 level Learning Support or college-level Math, English, and Reading. Competency in these areas may be validated by sub-scores of at least 13 in Math, 13 in Reading, and 13 in English on the ACT OR through institutional placement testing using the Compass Exam given by Testing Services.

What's needed after college admittance?
With the exception of the BACKGROUND CHECK and DRUG SCREEN, students admitted to the EMT class must complete the medical forms ("Incoming Students" tab, scroll down to incoming EMT-IV Students) and upload all required documents to via Truescreen prior to the MANDATORY orientation day(s).
  1. Have a medical examination. The examiner should complete the Medical Statement and sign it (including their license number).
  2. Have blood drawn for titers to prove immunity to MMR, Chicken Pox, and Hepatitis B. If you haven't started the Hepatitis B series, you must start the injections.  No waiver is available for this. Note that a copy of the lab results must be attached to the Immunity Verification Form.
  3. Provide us with a copy of your health insurance card, front and back. If you do not have health insurance, it is available through AIG Educational Markets. 
  4. Buy your uniforms. We require at least one complete uniform. It is recommended that you buy at least two complete uniforms in case your uniform gets soiled while at a clinical rotation.  In that case, you will need to either change into your second uniform or leave the clinical site.  Clinical time is extremely limited!
  5. Order a diagnostic kit.
  6. No sooner than 60 days before the class starts, admitted students must submit a Background Check and Drug Screen. These items are initiated through the Truescreen web site. Program/college personnel do not accept hand-delivered results.
Advancing after earning an EMT license.
There are several directions you can move in after you get your license. Completers may choose to pursue careers in nursing, physical therapy, athletic trainer, or any other health sciences profession.  The most common path is to advance to the Paramedic certificate and then the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in either General Technology or Health Sciences (both offered by Columbia State.)  The AAS degree requires completion of additional general education courses in English, Math, Biology, Speech, Humanities, Social Sciences, and a GENT or Health Sciences capstone course.  (see Health Sciences or General Technology degree information sheets for curriculum outlines.)

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