practicing skills

Advanced EMT (AEMT)

Summer 2021 Offering

Class Time (May 24 - August 3)
Columbia Campus 
(10 Week Offering)
Monday through Thursday
2:30 - 9:45 p.m.

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

Qualified EMTs ready to pursue their Advanced EMT license may do so starting no but you must first fill out the Summer 2021 Advanced EMT Request for Enrollment. The class is seated on a first-come, first-qualified basis. You must be fully enrolled into the college with all of your immunization records and transcripts on file. Additionally, you will need either your TN EMT license (outside the 120 day window of ending EMT program) or National Registry EMT earned (if within 120 day window of completing EMT school). If you have any questions about the program or your eligibility, please contact the coordinator at gjohnson27@ColumbiaState.edu

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.