Emergency Medical Technician (Certificate)

Emergency Medical Service Technology Program

The Emergency Medical Services Technology Program is designed to prepare the student to become a competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and/or Paramedic. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The EMS certificate programs (EMT and Paramedic) are limited admission, requiring completion of the Application for EMS Programs, and acceptance into the program by the College EMS department. The Associate in Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services Technology consists of three sequential components. Successful completion of each component will fulfill requirements for the affiliated Florida State certification. Students looking to continue their education will be eligible for admission into the Florida SouthWestern State College Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Public Safety Administration.

The EMT Program is an online application process. You can only apply online via the "Apply Now" link below starting on September 1, 2022.

Prior to applying to the EMT/Paramedic Certificate Program:

  1. If you are not a current Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) student, you need to apply for admission to FSW.
  2. You also need to either take the FSW placement test or be exempt from taking this placement test.
  3. You will need to upload your medical and CPR documents to Castle Branch — see the link below for the instructions under the "Downloads and Links" section.

The EMT is a limited access program; therefore, it is highly recommended that you submit your online application early. Additionally, the acceptance of your EMT application is on a first come, first serve basis as long as you have completed uploading the correct documents to Castle Branch. Otherwise, your campus selection will remain pending until this has been completed.

NOTE: You must be 18 years old to apply to the EMT Program

Application Acceptance Dates

Spring 2023 Term (January - May)

September 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022 or until we are full

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate 12 credit hours

  • Required for Florida EMT-Basic and National Registry Certification
  • Required for Florida EMT and National Registry Certification
  • Required for Florida EMT and National Registry Certification

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is one semester and 12 college credit hours in length, offered in the fall and spring semesters. Estimated program costs are $2,700 for Florida residents and $6,200 for non-Florida residents. This includes tuition, lab fees, textbooks, uniforms, insurance and equipment. Refer to the Florida SouthWestern State College website for financial aid information. To be eligible to sit for the Florida EMT exam, students must successfully complete the EMT Certificate Program. The program includes lecture hours, laboratory hours, hospital clinicals, and internship/ride time experience. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the clinical sites. Specific information will be provided the first week of class. Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a college completion certificate and the necessary paperwork required to apply for both Florida EMT and National Registry certifications.

Program Contact Information

Program Contact: Linda Welch EMS Support Specialist Email linda.welch@fsw.edu Phone (239) 489-9409

Program Contact: Michael Knoop EMS Support Specialist Email michael.knoop@fsw.edu Phone (239) 985-3495