Emergency Medical Technician | GCTC

Do you want to be an EMT?

Do you work well in high pressure situations and want to help others? Level up your life-saving skills.

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Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) respond to to medical emergencies and deliver patient care, support, and evaluation in a pre-hospital setting, like on scene and during transport to the hospital. This generally includes assessing the patient, determining the proper emergency care, and administering treatment. EMTs also help with transporting patients safely between hospitals and care facilities.

How to Become an EMT

Emergency Medical Technicians work for local government agencies, hospitals, and private companies. EMTs must complete a course and pass an examination in order to be certified paraprofessionals. 

Here's Your Starting Point!

Semester One:

  • EMS105: Emergency Medical Technician

After you become a certified EMT by taking the National Registry of EMTs or becoming a KY state EMT, your next step to become a paramedic is to apply to the paramedic program.

Apply to the paramedic progam

Semester Two:

  • AHS115: Medical Terminology
  • BIO135: Basic Anatomy and Physiology (or BIO137: Human Anatomy and Physiology I AND BIO139: Human Anatomy and Physiology II)

Semester Three:

  • EMS201: Principles of Paramedicine I
  • EMS202: Principles of Paramedicine II
  • EMS203: Practicum I
  • EMS204: Principles Lab I
  • EMS207: Principles Lab II

Semester Four

  • EMS205: Principles of Paramedicine III
  • EMS206: Practicum II
  • EMS 2081: Principles of Paramedicine IV (Part I)
  • EMS 209: Principles Lab III

Semester Five

  • EMS2082: Principles of Paramedicine IV (Part II)
  • EMS212: Practicum III (Field)
  • EMS213: Principles of Paramedicine V

Congrats, you've earned the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic certificate!


Build Upon This and Pursue More

Once you’ve completed the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic certificate, your next step is to complete the Associate in Applied Science, Emergency Medical Services. This degree program opens the door to either completing a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences, emergency management, or other related field at a university OR moving into a paramedic-to-RN bridge program in order to transition your role as a medical paraprofessional. Check out information on both of these paths!

Semester Six:

  • BIO137: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (for RN bridge students unless already completed)
  • ENG101: Writing I
  • MAT110: Applied Mathematics OR
  • MAT151: Intro to Applied Statistics (for RN bridge or bachelors transfer students)

Semester Seven:

  • BIO139: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (for RN bridge students unless already completed)
  • COM181: Basic Public Speaking OR COM252: Intro to Interpersonal Communication
  • PHI110: Medical Ethics
  • PSY110: General Psychology

Get Started Now

Apply to Gateway to get enrolled and started on your new career. Or contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

 Apply Now


Program Contact

Mike Harris

Paramedic & EMT Program Coordinator

(859) 442-1151