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EMT Certificate

The EMT is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide basic emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. The EMT functions as a part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. The EMT performs interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The EMT is a link from the scene into the health care system.

The Emergency Medical Technician Certificate is delivered through a combination of classroom instruction (didactic and psychomotor) and clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry's written and practical examinations. Upon successful completions of examinations and other licensure requirements, the student will be eligible for the State of Tennessee EMT license. The EMT renders life support to patients at the scene of their injuries or illnesses and prepares these patients for transport to the hospital.

Upon successful completion of Emergency Medical Training, students are eligible to sit for the practical certification examination administered by the Tennessee Division of Emergency Medical Services as well as the written exam administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Once all necessary credentials and licensures have been obtained, you may enjoy many career opportunities.


By 2020, employment of EMS personnel is expected to grow by 33%, much faster than the average for all occupations. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Job Opportunities include:

  • Ambulance Paramedic
  • Firefighter Paramedic
  • Flight Paramedic
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Field Training Officer
  • Private Industry Paramedic
  • Emergency Management
  • Instructor
  • Hospital Technician
  • Emergency Room Technician

Mission Statement

The mission of Motlow State Community College EMS Education is to provide higher education that is intense, informative and keeps the future EMS professional involved. We strive to provide a quality education environment for both our EMT and paramedic courses as well as continuing education. We will prepare our students to be proficient in knowledge, skills and the way they treat there patients and coworkers.