Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Course Description

This course highlights the basic knowledge and skills necessary for individuals who wish to obtain state or national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. The course adheres to the 2009 National EMS Education Standards which are based on the National EMS Core Content and the National EMS Scope of Practice that define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for each level of EMS training and has replaced the DOT National Standards curricula used in the past. Courses include an in-class option as well as a self-paced online option. To learn more about the online option, click here

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Course Overview

The course consists of 176 hours of classroom time that includes hands-on skills training sessions. The student is also required to complete 2, 12-hour shifts in the Prehospital setting where they will ride-along with an ambulance crew. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs cognitive exam which is a computer adaptive test (CAT). 

The online course is a self directed, interactive, distance learning course that is approved for NREMT and Washington certification. The course curriculum covers all EMT knowledge and skill requirements for the EMT National Education Standards. This course is 100 clock hours and allows for 245 hours of student preparation time. The suggested start date to start your online portion of this class is 13 weeks prior to the in-person skills. There are 13 weeks of assigned weekly homework. 

INHS Health Training School Catalog and Student Policy Manual (manual topics listed below)

Admission Requirements 
Appeal and Grievance Process 
Cancellation and Refund
Class Representative 
Clinical and Internship Requirements
Course Completion
Course Descriptions 
Didactic & Internship Evaluation  
Employment During Class
Graduate Placement
HIPAA & Confidentiality 
Leave of Absence 
Prior Credit & Experimental Credit 
Promotion and Graduation 
Smoking & Tobacco 
Student Conduct 
Student Counseling and Evaluations 
Student Health
Student Information Protection
Student Performance Guidelines
Technical Standards 
Testing and Grading Criteria 
Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation 
Uniform and Personal Appearance 
Vacation and Holidays – School Closures 
Withdrawal and Readmission

Course Registration  

Look for course dates, register, or pay for courses here. Once registered, the application will be emailed to you. Potential students must both register for the course and submit a completed application to be accepted into the course.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 

  • Describe the essential elements for the safe and efficient response to the scene of a medical emergency.  
  • Perform a thorough patient assessment for signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries.  
  • Provide prompt and efficient basic emergency care to the sick and injured.  
  • Safely handle and prepare the patient for transportation.  
  • Describe the essential elements of safe and orderly transportation of the patient to the hospital and the transfer of patient care to the appropriate hospital staff.  

Required Hours

Classroom Hours: 176 (Includes – Didactic, Practical Skills and Examinations) 
Internship (Field): 24 (12 hours for online course)

Total Required Hours = 200 

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must:  

  • Be 17 years of age on the first day of class (Washington state licensure requires candidate to be 18 years of age at time of application) and 18 years of age to attend field internship.
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent (a variance may be requested if still in high school). 
  • Be physically capable of performing the essential duties of an EMT.
  • Hold a current CPR course completion card at the American Heart Association "Healthcare Provider” level or the American Red Cross "CPR for the Professional Rescuer” level (we will give you this certificate during our in person program and it is included in the price of the course, online students are expected to obtain this card outside of their course). 

Application Process

You may apply for admission into the EMT Course by completing the application packet available below. In addition to submitting your application, you must also register yourself for the course. Applicants submitting only the application will not be considered. The application deadline is two weeks prior to the start of the course and a maximum of 24 students will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. 

After acceptance into the program:

  • Students will need to submit complete immunization records including but not limited to: 
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Rubeola
  • Varicella (if not available, a letter stating when you had the actual illness)
  • TB test results (results must be within the past six months)
  • Hepatitis B series, if not completed, documentation of starting the series
  • Tetanus

If copies of records are not available, titers may be used to show immunization status.

Click here to download the EMT application packet. This application is for reference only. Please only complete and submit the application attached to the registration confirmation email. 

Course Tuition

  • Visit our registration site to view tuition for the course. 
  • All tuition must be paid by the first day of class unless arrangements are made. 
  • Book and lab fees must be paid by the first day of class and are non-refundable.

Required Textbook

Jones and Bartlett Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, Navigate 2 Preferred (in person course) or Navigate 2 Premier (online course) along with online access, ebook and fisdap access. It is recommended to purchase through INHS to ensure the correct package is used.

Required Materials

Reliable internet access is required when attending this course as there is an online component as well as other online resources.

Testing and Certification

Upon successful completion of the course, students will take the practical skills examination that is recognized by the Washington State Department of Health, EMS Education and Training Section. Students will receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the practical exam and will then be allowed to take the National Registry of EMTs cognitive computer adaptive test (CAT).  

To register with the National Registry of EMTs visit www.nremt.org 

The Washington State Department of Health EMT Initial Application can be found here.  

Important Dates

All Applications are due 1 week prior to the course start date. 

INHS offers a winter, spring, summer and fall course. Click here to view start dates.

Online skills dates are typically offered 4 times a year (suggested start date for online course is 13 week prior to first day of skills testing). Click here to view start dates.

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