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    11 credit hours

Emergency Medical Technician A.T.D.

  • Skills You Will Gain

    • Basic life support techniques
    • Patient assessment and transportation
    • Effective communications and documentation
    • Bandaging and splinting
    • Basic airway management
    • Extrication techniques
  • Day Class Schedule

    Begins in August and January
    16 weeks


    Monday and Wednesday
    8 a.m. - 12 noon (first 10 weeks)


    Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 - 12 noon OR
    Monday and Wednesday 1:30 - 5 p.m. (first 10 weeks)


    Clinicals will be scheduled during weeks 5-9. Your field internship (EMS1421) meets Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon during weeks 11-16.

    Evening Class Schedule

    Begins in October and February
    16 weeks


    Monday and Wednesday
    5:30 - 9:30 p.m. (weeks 7-16 )


    Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 - 9 p.m. (weeks 7-16)


    Clinicals will be scheduled during weeks 11-15. Your field internship takes place during weeks 1-6 of the following session.

    Summer Schedule (Evenings)


    Monday and Wednesday 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. (weeks 1-10)


    Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.


    Clinicals will be scheduled during weeks 5-9. Your field internship takes place during weeks 1-6 of the following session.

    You will receive an email through your SPC account about acceptance and a mandatory orientation date from HEC Student Services. Individual schedules will be made during orientation.

  • Accreditation

    The St. Petersburg College EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

  • ATD iconEmergency Medical Technicians form the backbone of emergency medical services delivery in the U. S. and work in teams with more advanced providers. Our Advanced Technology Diploma gives you the skills to excel in this field and a foundation for further EMS education and career advancement.


    • Offered at HEC in Spring, Summer and Fall
    • Offered at Tarpon Springs Campus beginning Summer 2018
    • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    • Prepares you for the national or state certification exam as an EMT
    • Can be completed in 16 weeks
    • Puts you in Pinellas County emergency departments and hospitals for clinical courses
    • Places you in Pinellas County fire and EMS agencies for a field internship
    • Prepares you for quick entry into a career

    What You Should Know

    To be successful in the EMS programs, you should be able to demonstrate these essential functions.

  • Careers

    Our program prepares you to work as an EMT or paramedic. As an EMT, you care for patients at the scene of an accident and during transport to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. Paramedics provide the most advanced care of all EMS professionals.

    Career Outlook

    There is a shortage both statewide and nationally for EMTs and paramedics. The job market is especially lucrative for those who also are fire-certified. Employment is expected to grow by 33 percent through 2020, much faster than other occupations. Opportunities exist in EMS agencies, fire and police departments, hospitals, physician offices and educational, correctional, veterans and military facilities.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Continuing Your Education

    SPC provides education in the two levels of Emergency Medical Services certified by the State of Florida: Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. The EMT is the first level and allows practice at the basic life support level. It also provides the foundation to become a Paramedic. Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs and are trained in advanced life support measures.

    SPC also offers an A.S. degree program in Emergency Medical Services. Our EMT and Paramedic programs are the first two occupational completion points for our EMS-AS.This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degrees in Public Safety Administration or Health Services Administration.

    For graduates of the four technical schools covered by the Florida Statewide Articulation Agreement (Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College [formerly Sarasota County Technical Institute], Lake Tech and First Coast Technical College), please contact the EMS Program Director to make an appointment to discuss a learning plan. You must be currently certified as a Florida Paramedic. Additional testing and face-to-face courses may be required.

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