Emergency Medical Technician

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Program Info

  • Length Of Study:

    4 – 18 weeks (varies with education provider)

  • Career Level:

    Gateway / Entry Level

  • Online Type:

    Asynchronous/ Synchronous/ Hybrid

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Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). EMTs have the skills and basic knowledge necessary to stabilize patients in situations ranging from non-emergency medical transport to life-threatening emergencies.

Under medical oversight, EMTs bridge the gap between the scene of an emergency and healthcare professionals, using essential equipment found in an ambulance. Ambulance personnel, firefighters, police, day camp employees, and lifeguards must often complete Emergency Medical Responder training.

Length of Study

4 – 18 weeks (varies with education provider)


The mandatory Jump Start course Human Touch Healthcare™ must be successfully completed.

This program is part of a bundle for the Emergency Room Technician program. Students will need to connect with their coach for program succession.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the roles of EMS in the healthcare system.
  • Demonstrate the professional attributes expected of EMTs
  • Perform the roles and responsibilities of an EMT concerning personal safety and wellness, as well as the safety of others.
  • Apply principles of anatomy, pathophysiology, and lifespan development.
  • Apply therapeutic communications to the assessment and management of patients.
  • Identify the need for and perform immediate lifesaving interventions to manage a patient's airway, breathing, and circulation.
  • Assess and manage patients of all ages with various complaints, medical conditions, and traumatic injuries.
  • Upon completion, the student can sit for the National Registry Certification exam (NREMT) or a State EMT certification.

Online Type

Asynchronous/ Synchronous/ Hybrid

Credential Awarded

Certificate of Completion


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), First Responder.

The graduate will complete three program certificates leading to the Emergency Room Technician role in an acute care setting.

Career Level

Gateway / Entry Level

Student Support

  • Each of our educational partners will offer student support services, and you will have access to their respective student handbooks
  • Along your scholar journey, your assigned Futuro Health Coach will give you more coaching and help.

Student Cost

  • Futuro Health supports the mission to expand the broadest network of healthcare professionals through our generous annual financial support.
  • The Futuro Health Scholarship Fund will pay the entire tuition for scholars who enroll in this program in 2023.
  • There will be some minimum out-of-pocket expenses for the application and enrollment processes for scholars. Here is a list of these expenses:
    • $150 non-refundable application fee for Jump Start coursework and gateway training program.
    • $77–$119 Background Check and Drug Screen cost. A one-time background check and drug screen are required for those enrolling in programs that include clinical externships.
    • Up-to-date Immunization costs. Current immunizations are required for those enrolling in clinical programs. Some healthcare providers require payment for immunizations, while others may cover the cost with insurance.
  • For additional optional benefits, students can join SEIU-Healthcare UHW's Justice Division. The monthly fee for this SEIU-UHW membership is $20. Current SEIU-UHW members are exempt from paying this $20 monthly fee.

Fast Facts

Job Outlook

California has a median salary of $36,330 for EMTs, with a 15% growth from 2020-2030.

Work Environment

Ambulance companies and fire departments employ most EMTs. However, EMTs can also work in hospital emergency room settings, dispatch, industrial medicine, and public service. Large events, like concerts, fairs, and festivals, also employ EMTs temporarily.

Career Opportunities

The Advanced level Emergency Medical Technician certification allows the EMT-A to provide limited advanced life support with additional training.

The highest level of EMT service is Paramedic. They can provide patients with both basic and advanced care and are the medical authority on the scene of medical emergencies. Currently, the position of a paramedic is evolving to meet healthcare challenges. Community Paramedics and Critical Care Paramedics are two examples.


  • Evaluate patients to determine necessary care.
  • Using appropriate techniques, provide emergency care.
  • Transport patients following proper policies and procedures.
  • Provide basic life support.
  • Respect patient rights and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ensure a well-stocked and clean environment.
  • Drive and operate ambulances following safety policies and laws.

Day in the Life

A typical shift for an EMT can be extremely demanding and stressful when working indoors and outdoors and in all types of weather. They must have the willingness to assist and maintain composure in emergencies.

Under pressure, they must be able to think quickly and make the most accurate medical assessments possible. Exposure to communicable diseases, violent situations, and the risk of injury by mentally ill or combative patients is a causality of the job. They must bend and lift while caring for a patient and be physically fit.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Upon acceptance to a program with Futuro Health, will you seek a job in the field for which you are being trained?
  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Are you able to provide proof of high school diploma/GED or equivalency?
  • Are you legally allowed to work in the United States?
  • Are you able to pass a background check with no felony conviction?
  • Are you willing to commit 3-5 hours per day (estimated at 20+ hours per week) of study time for your coursework?
  • Do you have regular access to high-speed Internet?
  • Do you have regular access to a computer or laptop less than seven years old?
  • Do you have proficiency in English fluency reading and comprehension?
  • If applicable, are you comfortable working with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, and mucus?
  • Are you willing to take a drug test if needed?
  • Family or friend referred by a member of SEIU-UHW who is in good standing.
  • How would others describe your level of attention to detail on written documents?
  • How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? I see myself as dependable/self-disciplined.
  • How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? I see myself as disorganized/careless.

Many providers may require the following immunizations:

  • 2 x MMR (measles, mumps & rubella) or titer immunity in the last 3 months;
  • 2 x Varicella (chickenpox) or titer immunity in the last 3 months;
  • Tetanus within one year.
  • 3 x Hepatitis B or titer immunity in the last 3 months.
  • A PPD Mantoux test (TB), Blood titer, or chest X-ray showing non-infection is required– Most often, this is not required until nearing your externship start date (typically within 30 days of program start). This is either a one or two-step PPD Mantoux test.
  • 2 x COVID-19 (Proof of injections-NOTE: there is a 3-week gap needed between the 1st and 2nd immunization) or possible booster. Students may need COVID boosters prior to the start of their externship.
  • Are you willing to complete and provide proof of all immunizations and vaccinations? (Please note that completing immunizations could take up to 6 months for unvaccinated individuals).
    • Yes/ No
  • This program requires a full-time clinical externship to complete the program, which may require you to: Coordinate your work and family obligations, as applicable (i.e., childcare, transportation, work schedule, etc.); Have availability up to 40 hours per week until your externship hours are fulfilled; Maintain flexibility to attend externships based on available locations and external site offerings provided to you by your educational provider. Are you able to commit to these requirements?
    • Yes/ No

Preferred Qualifications

  • Family or friend referred by a member of SEIU-UHW who is in good standing.
  • How would others describe your level of attention to detail on written documents?
  • How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? I see myself as dependable/self-disciplined.
  • How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? I see myself as disorganized/careless.

Additional Requirements

  • Must possess a current unreserved California Driver’s License
  • Lift at least 50 lbs. unassisted, stand, carry, and balance on even terrain; stoop, kneel, climb, crouch, and crawl to reach patients and safely remove and transport them.