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EMT Certificate

A prerequisite to the TCC Paramedic program.  

November 11, 2021: Admission Update

Applications for the Winter 2022 Emergency Medical Technician program are no longer being accepted. 

There will generally be three options for EMT courses offered for the academic year:

  1. Community-based location: Specifically designed to enhance options for access in underserved Tacoma neighborhoods. Tacoma’s East Side is the anticipated community site. Classes will typically meet Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  2. IBEST offering: Provides academic and additional wraparound supports, particularly for adults and second language learners without college credit or experience. Classes will typically meet Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  3. Traditional course offering:  Classes will typically meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., and then every other Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (total of 5 Saturdays).

Due to the high volume of interest in the EMT program, TCC will select applicants for specialty cohorts based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, application completion, location, academic preparation, etc.  All others will be randomly selected via a lottery-based system.   We anticipate all cohort offerings will be in person.  During COVID -19, some offerings MAY have one day per week where class will be held via Zoom.  This day and time will be mandatory and synchronous.  This information will be identified upon enrollment.  This is subject to change. 

Admission Requirements for the EMT Program

  • Assessment scores showing placement at ENGL 085 or higher, and MATH 085 or higher.  Please see Multiple/Alternative Placement Measures.
  • Or, successful completion with a C grade or higher in ENGL 075 and MATH 075 
  • Current government issued photo identification

How to Enroll

The EMT program is typically offered every quarter. Admission processes are subject to change.  Please see above for admission process updates.  

EMT Certificate Program Packet (PDF)


EMT Certificate 

The EMT Program at Tacoma Community College trains students in fundamental emergency medical procedures including, but not limited to:

  • HIV/HBV Prevention
  • Baseline Vitals
  • Lifting and Moving of Patients
  • Airway Management
  • Communication and Documentation
  • General Pharmacology
  • Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Behavioral and other Emergencies
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Injuries to Head and Spine
  • Diabetes and Allergies
  • Poisonings
  • Infant and Child Emergency Care

    This course adheres to the U.S. Department of Transportation Guidelines and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services standards. Admission into the EMT (EMC110 and EMC 111) courses are regulated by the State of Washington.

    Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Tacoma Community College. This will enable them to participate in the national registry testing process (NREMT).

    The EMT program helps students partially fulfill prerequisites for entry into the EMS-Paramedic Program at Tacoma Community College. Learn more about prerequisites.  

Please note: Students must have either their high school diploma or GED to sit for the NREMT and obtain Washington State certification. After successfully passing this exam, the student will be eligible to apply for work as an EMT.


Emergency Medical Technician Certificate (12 credits)

The EMT program is the entry-level certification course for the Emergency Medical and Health Services field. 

Course Number Course Name Credits
EMC 110 Emergency Medical Technician Basic 10
EMC 111 Emergency Medical Technician Lab 2


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TCC's EMHS Program

The EMT Certificate is part of TCC's EMHS program.