Explore SPC's Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma
Emergency Medical Technicians form the backbone of emergency medical services delivery in the U.S. and work in teams with more advanced providers. Our Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma gives you the skills to excel in this field and a foundation for further EMS education and career advancement.
- Graduates are prepared to take the national licensing exam as an EMT.
- Offered on the HEC and Midtown campuses in the spring
- Offered at HEC in spring, summer and fall
- Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- Can be completed in 16 weeks
- Puts you in Pinellas County emergency departments and hospitals for clinical courses
- Places you in Pinellas County fire and EMS agencies for a field internship
- Prepares you for quick entry into a career
- Technical Standards and Essential Functions
- Program Admission Guide
- Students accepted into the program will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.
Continuing Your Education
SPC provides education in the two levels of Emergency Medical Services certified by the State of Florida: Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. The EMT is the first level and allows practice at the basic life support level. It also provides the foundation to become a Paramedic.
Our EMT and Paramedic programs are the first two occupational completion points for St. Petersburg College's A.S. degree program in Emergency Medical Services. This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degrees in Public Safety Administration or Health Services Administration.
For graduates of the four technical schools covered by the Florida Statewide Articulation Agreement (Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College [formerly Sarasota County Technical Institute], Lake Tech and First Coast Technical College), please contact the EMS Program Director to make an appointment to discuss a learning plan. You must be currently certified as a Florida Paramedic. Additional testing and face-to-face courses may be required.
Our program prepares you to work as an EMT or paramedic. As an EMT, you care for patients at the scene of an accident and during transport to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel.
There is a shortage both statewide and nationally for EMTs, who often find better salaries if they also are fire-certified. Opportunities exist in EMS agencies, fire and police departments, hospitals, physician offices and educational, correctional, veterans and military facilities.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Skills You Will Gain
- Basic life support techniques
- Patient assessment and transportation
- Effective communications and documentation
- Bandaging and splinting
- Basic airway management
- Extrication techniques
The St. Petersburg College EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).