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EMT Certificate - Program Admission & Requirements

Program admission

Prospective PCC EMT Program students must attend an EMT Information Session, meet all PCC admissions requirements and EMT program prerequisites, without exception, prior to registration approval. The EMT Information Sessions provide important information about program eligibility, registration requirements, costs and more. The schedule of Information Sessions can be found online.

Students must submit to the EMT Service Center staff:

  1. completed College Admissions Checklist for the EMT Program;
  2. copies of meeting all program prerequisites identified on the EMT Program Prerequisite Checklist.

Both checklists are provided at the EMT Information Session or can be downloaded.

EMT Service Center staff members are available 12:30-4 p.m., Monday through Friday at East Campus Building E4, Room 413 or 520-206-7839.

Program requirements

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System certifies EMTs in the state. It requires that PCC EMT students successfully complete required PCC prerequisites and courses, successfully complete all portions of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) exam, and meet all physical and background requirements. The NREMT charges a fee for certification testing. After receiving national certification, you must submit an application to be certified by the state to work here as an EMT.

Important note: Students with felony and some misdemeanor convictions, those awaiting trial on a criminal charge or those with a limitation that could prevent them from performing the physical duties of an EMT, may NOT be eligible to test for or receive state and national certification, despite completing PCC training. If you have questions about eligibility, contact the Arizona Department of Health Services, 800-200-8523 or 602-364-3150.

Program prerequisites

Download the documents below for information on the EMT program prerequisites:

Certification testing requires an additional fee to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Course offerings

The 9-credit EMT 100 Emergency Medical Technology course is the course of study for this program.  It is offered weekdays during fall, spring and summer semesters at East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road.

Fall and Spring Semesters
Monday and Wednesday
  7:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
  12:35 – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
  7:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
  12:35 – 5:30 p.m.
  5:40 – 10:35 p.m.

Summer Semester
Monday and Wednesday
  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Course requirements

Students are expected to attend EMT 100 for 10 hours per week and spend an additional 20 hours per week studying for the class. Outside of regular class time, students are required to complete all hospital and vehicular requirements; consisting of two (2) five-hour hospital externships and two (2) 12-hour vehicular ride-alongs.

A student must meet the following course requirements or be dismissed from the course:

  • Have no more than a total of 10 hours of absences and tardies
  • Achieve an 80 percent or better on all graded material
  • Receive a passing score on all EMT 100 practical skills tests.
  • Not fail more than two (2) exams or three (3) skills tests two (2) times.
Test 1 Initial score 74 - 1st Exam Failure
      Remedial score 82

Test 2  Initial score 70 - 2nd Exam Failure
      Remedial score 80

Test 3  Initial score 72 - 3rd Exam Failure
      Result:  Student dismissal from program

  • Be able to perform the physical requirements related to the course, including lifting (125 pounds alone and 250 pounds with a partner), and bending and stooping
  • Have vision and hearing capabilities sufficient to perform the required tasks of an EMT
  • Be able to communicate in both verbal and written forms
  • Complete 10 hours of clinical observation in the form of externships and two (2) 12-hour vehicular ride-alongs.  If a student does not complete two (2) five (5)-hour externships and two (2) 12-hdour vehicular ride-alongs, he or she will be designated as not completing the course, and will NOT be able to take the NREMT exam
  • Complete Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)- and NREMT-required classroom hours for EMT 100

Dress Code

In order to maintain a professional learning/training atmosphere and have students prepared for any type of class activity at any given time, the College strictly enforces a dress code during EMT classroom hours.

The dress code requires: an official Pima Community College EMT student polo shirt; long pants in good condition (jeans are acceptable); and shoes with closed toes and closed heels.
Hats may not be worn during class.

Note: Any student not following the dress code will be asked to leave class and will be docked five (5) classroom hours. The College also has a clinical dress code, which is explained on the first day of EMT 100.