Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician


Credits Required for Graduation: 5.00

Program Overview

Sometimes referred to as the backbone of the emergency medical services system, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic is trained in basic life support procedures taught during a 180 hour course. The EMT performs limited invasive (advanced) skills. The EMT Basic course emphasizes the development of student skills in patient assessment and examination, the recognition of signs and symptoms of illness or injury, and the use of proper procedures when rendering basic emergency care. General topics covered include human anatomy and physiology, bleeding and shock, emergency childbirth, airway management, splinting of fractures and dislocations, medical emergencies, and movement of patients. The intent of the program is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage life-threatening injury and illness and provide transport to medical facilities. The majority of EMTs are employed by ambulance services. EMTs are also employed by hospital emergency departments and fire departments.

Western's EMT Program Statistics

All licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT Basics) are required to take the National Registry Examination (NREMT) in order to obtain a license to practice. The performance of Western's EMT graduates on the written NREMT is shown below.

Year Number of
First time
Number Passing
on First attempt
Pass Rate
Pass Rate
2011 55 44 90% 67%
2012 66 44 66% 72%
2013 63 57 90% 70%