Emergency Medical Technician (Certificate)

Emergency Medical Service Technology Program Information

The Emergency Medical Services Technology Program is designed to prepare the student to become a competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). 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.

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. Estimated program costs are $3,200 for Florida residents and $6,600 for non-Florida residents. This includes tuition, lab fees, textbooks, uniforms, insurance and equipment. To be eligible to sit for the Florida EMT exam, students must successfully complete the EMT Certificate Program. The program includes 90 lecture hours, 120 laboratory hours, 18 hospital clinical hours, and 72 hours internship/ride time experience. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the clinical sites. 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


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)

Process and Steps to Complete the EMT Application

Steps 1-4 must be done prior to applying online.

  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. Review the Application Guide for detailed instructions.
  4. Create and upload all required documents to your Castle Branch account prior to applying. See download and links for instructions. Program Health Report and Instructions for Castle Branch (PDF) Once you have uploaded all requested documents to your Castle Branch account, you are now ready to apply to the EMT Program. Click Apply Now and fill in required information. (Remember to pay $15 application fee)

When your online application is completed and all your documents have been uploaded and APPROVED by Castle Branch, you will be provisionally accepted into the EMT program. You will then be emailed additional information to include:

  • Student Information Sheet – Contains: Mandatory EMT orientation date / scheduling your uniform fitting / required textbooks and lab supplies.
  • Instructions for completing your fingerprinting / background and drug screening (Initiated on Castle Branch)

Fingerprinting, background and drug screening results must be received and cleared by the EMS office, to be officially accepted into the EMT program.


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:

  1. Uploading the correct documents to Castle Branch.
  2. Complete and clear background / fingerprinting / drug screening. Your application and campus selection will not be processed until all requirements are fully complete.

Only complete applications will be given a seat.

Application Acceptance Dates

Fall 2023 Term (August - December) - Program Full

Accepting Applications: Spring 2024 applications (January - May) from September 1st to October 31st

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

Program Contact Information

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