practicing skills

Advanced EMT (AEMT)

After you have obtained your TN EMT license, you can further your education by completing the Advanced EMT (AEMT) program.

At this time there are no upcoming offers of AEMT at Columbia State Community College. Students interested in earning their AEMT licensure should consider attending an upcoming offering of the new Integrated program. The Integrated program will satisfy education requirements for non-licensed personnel and/or current state of Tennessee EMT-B license holders to obtain their state of Tennessee AEMT license. More information about the Integrated AEMT program may be found at Integrated AEMT Program.

What is the AEMT Program?
EMTs who wish to further their career and employment opportunities must do so by obtaining their Advanced EMT license. The AEMT course is an academy style, 16-hour semester long program designed to further the education by building onto the foundation of the EMT. This course provides students with the necessary didactic and practical training to perform life-saving skills as well as advanced techniques such as intraosseous infusions, intravenous therapy, and some advanced medications. Classes are offered during the spring and fall semesters 2 days/week, 8 hours/day. Those interested in attending the AEMT program must submit application to the college and fill out the Request for Enrollment (available on this site). If you are interested in the AEMT program and the Request for Enrollment is not posted, please email the EMT/AEMT Coordinator Gregory S. Johnson at gjohnson27@ColumbiaState.edu stating your interest. He will place you on the email interest list and you will be emailed updates to the program as well as the Request for Enrollment as soon as it comes available.  

What about clinical rotation requirements?
This program is time intensive both in and outside the classroom as you must complete 180 hours of clinical rotations at various EMS organizations and emergency departments. More information concerning the specific clinical rotations and expectations will be available at the start of class.

What is the first step?
Apply for admission to Columbia State Community College. You can apply online or at any of the campuses. Ensure the college has received:

  • Fill out the Request for Enrollment
  • Proof of MMR Vaccination
  • High School Transcript
  • All college transcripts
  • ACT Scores (if applicable)
  • Documentation of Varicella Zoster immunizations (2) or positive titer

What if I’m a returning student?
Students who go directly from EMT to AEMT with no break (fall to spring) will need to email Jessica Jett individually at healthrecords@ColumbiaState.edu to review what is needed exactly. Background checks and drug screens must NOT be started until told to do so by either Jessica Jett or the EMT/ AEMT Coordinator Gregory S. Johnson.

After earning your Advanced EMT license. 
Once you’ve spent some time in the field as an AEMT, you may want to further your education to the third and most coveted tier in EMS, Paramedic. The requirements to become a paramedic can be found on the Paramedic Program information option on the main EMS website.