Emergency Medical Technology

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The EMT program provides classroom and laboratory instruction for entry level Emergency Medical Technicians following the current National DOT curriculum. The EMT-Basic program provides instruction in basic life support care of sick and injured persons. This includes airway assessment, communications, documentation, general pharmacology, hemorrhage control, ambulance operations, and splinting of adult, pediatric, and infant patients; and special care of patients exposed to heat, cold, radiation, or contagious disease.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the EMT curriculum. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians Basic Testing.

The EMT program is a one semester program taught in the Allied Health Building on the Moorhead campus. Classes meet on Monday nights from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The EMT program is taught each fall and spring semester. Clinical experiences are provided at area health care agencies.

For further information contact:
Maegan Applewhite

What is an EMT?

Emergency Medical Technicians are first responders to pre-hospital emergency care.  They respond quickly and efficiently to ill or injured persons using specially equipped vehicles.  After arriving at the scene, they assess the situation, extent of illness or injury, and provide care, then transport the individual to the hospital. The EMT provides basic life support care, which includes airway management, control of bleeding, oxygen therapy, burn care, splinting and bandaging techniques, and special care of persons exposed to heat, cold, radiation, or contagious disease.

EMT's must have the ability to apply interpersonal and  patient care skill to all age groups from pediatric to geriatric.

Application Procedure

Legal Limitations for Employment as an EMT
According to Mississippi State Law, an individual may not be eligible for employment in a health care agency if the person has ever been convicted of a felony , or plead guilty to , or plead nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (f), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust or aggravated assault, of felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult.

Applicants must:

  • meet general admission requirements
  • be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET)
  • must have a minimum ACT score of 16 on the enhanced ACT (12 if taken before October 28, 1989), may be waived based on experience

Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Health Sciences office by July 1 to be considered for admission to the fall class and by November 1 for the spring class:

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the EMT Program (Health Sciences Application packet)
  • an official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college
  • an official college transcript for all colleges previously and presently attending

Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

When the application is available, the link located below will be active.



No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale which includes ACT scores, GPA, healthcare work experience, and performance on core courses submitted in a timely manner. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program. Applicants are notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the program. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to admission.

Admission is tentative based on:

  • satisfactory background check performed by our office (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
  • acceptable pre-admission drug screen performed by our office
  • health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner indicating satisfactory health
  • proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to, Hepatitis B vaccination series, MMR vaccination series, Tdap booster, and TB skin test.

Applicants are notified by letter of their acceptance or non-acceptance to the program.


Students who are accepted into the program must:

  • attend an EMT orientation
  • be aware that, in addition to regular college fees, Emergency Medical Technician students will incur expenses for such items as books, physical examination, Hepatitis B vaccination series, background check, liability insurance, accident insurance, and national licensing examination fees. Fees are not limited to these listed.
  • be responsible for their own transportation to the college campus and clinical agencies


Students must maintain a ā€œCā€ average (grade of 75) or better in each component of the course of study in order to complete the program.


A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.

Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.

At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.


Core performance standards provide descriptions of basic cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor requirements for successful Emergency Medical Technician completion.  Applicants and students who cannot meet one or more of the standards will be considered on an individual basis in terms of whether reasonable modification/ accommodation can be made. Reasonable accommodations will be examined in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the Core Performance Standards.



John Read,

Maegan Applewhite,
Administrative Support


Patricia Kelly,
Dean of Health Sciences