Learn the emergency medical care skills to become an emergency medical technician (EMT), advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT), and paramedic. Students learn through intensive, scenario-based, instruction and the use of state-of-the-art simulation equipment to master the knowledge, hands-on skills, and critical thinking needed by EMS responders to help those in need during an emergency.
After successful completion of the course, and receipt of your national registry or North Carolina EMT credential, you are eligible to receive 9 credit hours in Wake Tech’s EMS AAS degree program.
"Thank you for laying such a solid foundation for me to build on in regards to the world of EMS. The EMT-B class changed my life and the way I view the world."
– Keven Donadio, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) student
Industry-recognized credential: North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician
Complete course in: Six months or less
Don't have enough money to pay for a course? Right now, Wake Tech's Propel program offers scholarships that cover the cost of registration, fees, books, course-specific supplies and credentialing exams.
The Propel scholarship application will reopen on March 1.
For more information, email John C. Wilson at [email protected].
Wake Tech academic programs (credit and non-credit) that are designed to lead to professional licenses are tied to North Carolina or national certifications. If you intend to pursue professional licenses outside North Carolina once you have completed your academic program at Wake Tech, please refer to the Professional Licensure section of the college's distance education authorization page for additional information.
Wake Tech runs a standard rotating series of non-degree Emergency Medical Science classes and refresher courses for EMS professionals and those wishing to become an emergency medical technician. Additionally, the EMS program offers multiple specialty courses taught by award-winning and renowned faculty.
Preregistration is required for online and specialty courses. Registration fees vary depending on the length of the course and are set by the North Carolina Community College System Office.
*Additional fees may be required based on course requirements.
EMS professionals outside Wake County may qualify for a tuition waiver with a letter on official department letterhead indicating that the course is necessary for employment. The letter must include documentation of the student's active membership as a volunteer or paid staff and must have a date within the current semester. A single letter can be used for multiple members from a single agency.
EMS professionals within Wake County meeting the specifications above have been listed on a single letter provided by Wake County EMS under the provisions granted by the EMS System Plan to qualify for fee waiver status.
How do you get started? Follow these steps:
Registration closes five days before the first day of class or when the class is full.
Use drop-down list to enter Subject and College.
Then click Submit.
Emergency Medical Technician course
This course introduces basic emergency medical care. Topics include preparatory, airway, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma, infants and children and operations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve North Carolina or national registry EMT certification.
Typical course length: 288 hours
Refresher courses are designed for those EMS professionals who may not have the opportunity to attend monthly continuing education courses. EMS professionals should register for the course associated with their level of credential with an end date that occurs before the credential expires. Credentialed EMS professionals and those with a credential that has lapsed within the last two years are eligible to register for these courses. Re-credentialing is available at Wake Tech, if needed by the student.
Continuing education series
Online courses are designed to supplement the continuing education needed by each individual for credential renewal. These courses are taught monthly on the schedule below and are divided into EMT and paramedic, depending on credential level. An EMS credential is a required to register.
These classes taken separately do not indicate completion of an EMT course. Students wishing to pursue EMT credentials should register for the initial EMT course.
Critical Care Transport
This program is designed to prepare paramedics and nurses to function as members of a critical care transport team. On completion, students will be prepared to register for the International Board of Specialty Certifications Critical Care Paramedic or Certified Flight Paramedic exams.
Typical course length: 281 hours
EMS Instructor Methodology
This course provides students who are clinically competent in a specific EMS content area with the knowledge, resources and skills to effectively deliver quality EMS education. The course presents educational concepts, practices and resources across a range of topics, from the basic psychology of learning to classroom management, ethical issues in education and student and course evaluation. The focus is on instructional preparation, presentation and evaluation and represents a consensus among professional EMS educators as to the knowledge, skills and practices that are essential to providing quality EMS education.
Typical course length: 65 hours
This online course is for EMS professionals employed by area agencies who either currently (or desire to) precept Wake Tech EMS students. All preceptors must complete the required training to have Wake Tech students placed with them.
Typical course length: 2 hours