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To Become an EMT

Jobs in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) field are currently in high demand. There is a shortage of qualified workers and many available positions to fill. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMT employment is expected to grow faster than average in upcoming years. This is due to a number of factors, including the need for 24-hour care, and the aging of a large percentage of the population. Aside from job security, a career as an EMT also offers you the chance to become an important part of your community, and to truly help people in their most dire time of need. The following information includes resources available for EMT training within Whatcom County.

EMT-Basic Training Course

The EMT-B Course through Bellingham Technical College is one of the first and most important steps towards becoming a certified EMT. Applications for the course are accepted year round at the EMS Council Office.

EMT-B Course Schedule

The EMT-Basic Course runs for approximately four months, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturday. The program is offered twice a year. Students may not miss any mandatory classes, attendance is weighted heavily, and no more than 6 hours per course missed is allowed. Students are responsible for making up any course work.

Download the EMT-B Course Schedule for Fall 2011.

EMT-B Course Cost

EMT-B Course Entrance Requirements
  • Must be 17 years of age prior to the first day of the course. Students must be 18 by the end of the program.

  • High school diploma or GED certificate.

  • Current American Heart Association BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Card, or comparable.
    We require infant, child, and adult CPR and AED training. If your card does not list these four things, it is the incorrect card.

  • 4-hour Infectious Disease Prevention for EMS Providerís class, or 7 hours HIV/AIDS education.

  • Physical strength adequate to perform the normal functions of an EMT, including the ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 125 lbs.

  • Students must possess the aptitude and ability to perform critical thinking in the field. Students with poor reading comprehension may need to improve their abilities before taking the EMT Program.

  • Successfully pass a Washington State Patrol criminal background check.

  • Current Drivers License.

  • Verification of health insurance, either personal or through an employer.

  • Basic Urine Drug Test.

  • Tuberculin PPD test within last 12 months.

  • If affiliated/sponsored:
    Application with attachments and signature from affiliated organization.

  • If non-affiliated/sponsored:
    Application with attachments and signature for non-affiliated applicants.
    NOTE: Non-affiliated students have one year from the completion of the course to meet the affiliation requirements to be certified by the State of Washington. Affiliated status with a fire department or ambulance service must be attained before participants are eligible for State EMT Certification. Students must also submit BTC Placement test results.

  • Students must have access to a computer with high speed internet, as many program components and testing are done online.