Emergency Medical Technician Training

(non-degree program)

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). EMTs and paramedics provide vital attention, caring for and transporting the sick or injured to medical facilities. In an emergency, EMTs and paramedics typically are dispatched to the scene, where they determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition. Following strict rules and guidelines, they give appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient. For more information, please call 978-630-9110.


Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
HCC111 Emergency Medical Technician I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
HCC112 Emergency Medical

Technician II


    HCC111 or placement
                                                    Total: 8 credits

Program length: This course can potentially be completed in one semester. HCC111 meets the first seven weeks of a semester and HCC112 meets the second seven weeks.

Certification: Upon completion of HCC111 and 112 with a final grade of 73 percent or better, students are eligible to take the state certification exam (the practical exam costs $150, the written exam costs $55, and a $175 host site fee.) Exams are not given through MWCC; however the instructor will assist students in registering for exams.

Transfer options: Students can use these credits as career electives in MWCC’s Allied Health programs (AHC & GSAH). Consult with your academic advisor.

Career options: Certified emergency medical technician (EMT) (after taking and passing the state certification exam).

Special requirements: Students must have proof of immunizations, liability insurance and a Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see page 22 of the college catalog). Drug testing may be required by individual clinical agencies. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Earning potential: $21,290 to $35,210.

Technical Standards* EMT

EMT students enrolling in EMT courses (HCC111 and 112) must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate in a verbal and written format.
  • Gather and draw conclusions from data acquired from patient treatment.
  • Lift heavy loads (patients or equipment) that may exceed 100 pounds.
  • Manipulate gauges and valves associated with, for example, oxygen delivery.
  • Manipulate small devices such as syringes, IVs, resuscitation equipment, etc.