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The first step in your emergency medicine career.

Are you interested in being a first responder? The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate program will prepare you to respond to emergency calls ranging from car accidents, violent traumas, heart attacks, childbirths, falls and emergency care needs in a variety of settings. With an active EMT Certificate you are eligible to apply for OCC's Paramedic Certificate and Paramedic A.A.S programs.

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Students in Onondaga Community College's health programs must be vaccinated against COVID for enrollment in each program's required clinical rotations.
Program Duration Program Cost Dates Lecture Lab
16 Weeks $1,199.00 September 12, 2023 – January 24, 2024 Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00am – 11:00am  Tuesday 12:00pm – 4:00pm


Note: This class uses a digital textbook and the college's learning management system. Participants in the program must have reliable access to a computer or laptop to complete coursework and assignments outside of the classroom 

What You'll Learn

This program consists of lectures, hand-on skills training and a field placement internship. You will have at least 10 live patient contacts prior to course completion. In the classroom, clinical lab, and field placement settings, you'll: 
  • Operate within the roles of an entry level provider of care and contributor to the EMT profession.
  • Demonstrate and foster high standards of Prehospital and Emergency Medical practice in skill performance and patient advocacy.
  • Provide care in a variety of settings to patients with diverse needs using decision making and judgment based on critical thinking, clinical competence, accountability and collaboration with the patient and the health care team.
  • Use effective communication and interpersonal skills with patients and other health care workers.
This program prepares you to sit the state EMT certification exam. That fee is included in program cost!

You should know this is an initial certification course and can't be used as a renewed certification.

Where You'll Go

Students who successfully complete the course and psychomotor exam are eligible to become national registered EMTs and work with a local ambulance corps. Plus, you'll be able to easily continue your education and go for our 2-year paramedic program and beyond!