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EMT Program

Who are Emergency Medical Technicians

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are the link from the scene to the emergency health care system. EMTs provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. An EMT possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. EMTs function as part of a comprehensive Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response, under medical oversight.

Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. EMTs are trained in patient assessment, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, management of medical and trauma patients, medication administration, as well as safe and effective EMS operations.

Why become an EMT

The reasons for becoming an EMT are as varied as the people that come into this field. Some become EMTs to learn the skills to help their families and neighborhoods in the event of a disaster. Some use their EMT education as stepping stones to other careers in medicine and emergency medical services. Some do it just because they want to help people. Whatever your reasons know that these are dynamic, challenging, and demanding professions. They require passion, dedication, and the ability to care for patients with compassion. Being an EMT is not for everyone, but for those that answer the call it can be a life-long passion.

Course of Study

The innovative EMT Certificate prepares students for careers in Emergency Medical Services as EMTs through a combination of lecture, lab, simulation, and field rotations. Upon completion of the EMT Program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) certification exams.

Please refer to the Emergency Medical Technician Course Curriculum Sheet for course detail.

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Course Options

Fall and Spring Semester

  • Day Option
    • 16 weeks
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-12pm
  • Evening Option
    • 16 weeks
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6pm-10pm
Summer Semester
  • 10 weeks (May-July)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-2pm
  • Clinical rotations scheduled with agency outside of class time

Program Highlights

  • We are the only EMT Program in Massachusetts that includes an intensive assessment seminar and field rotations!
  • Practice for the real world! Through an integrated approach to theory, practice, and high-fidelity simulation in a real-world environment, students learn to care for medical and trauma patients.
  • Dread boring lectures? Not here- We ensure that students with many different learning styles have an opportunity to thrive. Through projects, flipped classes, technology infusion, experiential learning, and other emerging teaching strategies, our students.
  • We offer low student to instructor ratios, uniformed staff and students, and an emphasis on teamwork and leadership to foster clinical readiness and professionalism.
  • Graduate with a portfolio and important industry contacts to earn the job you’ve been waiting for!
  • Flexibility with day and evening scheduling options.


To apply, candidates must complete the application, meet all entry requirements, and attend an information session. The Admissions Office will provide information regarding the admissions criteria for the EMT Program and/or other health programs. Please call (781) 270-4059 for more information.

Criteria for Admission to EMT Certificate Program

  • English Placement — MassBay placement into College Writing (EN 100) or completion of Intro to Language (EN 090).
  • Reading — Successful completion of Reading Assessment Test with score of 72 or higher.

Background Checks and Health Requirements: See http://www.massbay.edu/Academics/Health-Sciences/Health-and-Background-Check--Requirements.aspx. Transportation/Parking: Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the College and to their assigned clinical practicum sites.

Application: The College application as well as change of major forms (for current MBCC students) are available from the MBCC website. Applicants can access the application here: http://www.massbay.edu/Admissions-and-Financial-Aid/Enroll-at-MassBay.aspx. High School Diploma/GED: All Health Sciences Programs require proof of final education credential (HS/GED/degree), to be considered for acceptance. Placement Testing: Information about placement testing can be found here: http://www.massbay.edu/placementtesting/.

Participation in a Program Orientation
Students will receive a letter from the Division of Health Sciences regarding the date and time of their program orientation. At the program orientation, the student will learn about important policies and procedures and will register for classes.

Where will you work as an EMT?

EMTs primarily work on ambulances providing emergent and non-emergent patient care at private, municipal, or fire service based EMS agencies. They may also work in Emergency Departments, in industrial settings, as well as in education, sports teams, and volunteer groups.

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, or acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. Demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue.

Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increase in the number of age-related health emergencies, such as heart attacks or strokes. This, in turn, will create greater demand for EMTs and paramedic services. An increase in the number of specialized medical facilities will require more EMTs and paramedics to transfer patients with specific conditions to these facilities for treatment.


The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:

The median annual wage for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics was $31,020 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,180, and the top 10 percent earned more than $53,550.

Most paid EMTs and paramedics work full time. About 1 in 3 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2012. Because EMTs and paramedics must be available to work in emergencies, they may work overnight and on weekends. Some EMTs and paramedics work shifts in 12- or 24-hour increments. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics have variable work schedules.

New graduates in the Greater Boston and MetroWest areas can expect to obtain a position with entry level salaries around $13.00 to $15.00 per hour or approximately $27,040 to $31,200 per year. These are base salaries, exclusive of any shift incentives or overtime benefits

National Certification

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is the agency responsible for determining eligibility of each candidate to take the national certification examination. The NREMT certification examination for the EMT includes a psychomotor exam, which is administered by MA OEMS, and a cognitive exam, which is taken at an approved testing center. MassBay EMS hosts an EMT psychomotor exam on campus every semester. The National Registry does not issue a license or authorization to practice, and does not warrant job performance of EMS professionals.

NREMT reviews all initial certification applications for self-disclosed criminal convictions and in accordance with the NREMT Criminal Conviction Policy will deny the application of any candidate reporting “conviction of, plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendre to, a felony or any criminal offense which is directly related to public health or the provision of emergency medical service.” Appeals for application denials must be done in writing and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The MA Office of EMS also evaluates all applicants’ criminal convictions on a case-by-case basis.


Massachusetts and most states require graduates to obtain state EMT licenses in order to work in that state. The Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services issues EMT licenses to those individuals who are graduates of an approved EMT Program and have successfully completed NREMT certification as EMTs. Information on Massachusetts EMT Licensing can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/oems/emt/certification/.

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