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EMT-Basic Certificate

A prerequisite to the TCC Paramedic program.  

EMT Basic Certificate 

The EMT-Basic Program at Tacoma Community College trains students in fundamental emergency medical procedures including, but not limited to:

  • HIV/HBV Prevention
  • Baseline Vitals
  • Lifting and Moving of Patients
  • Airway Management
  • Communication and Documentation
  • General Pharmacology
  • Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Behavioral and other Emergencies
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Injuries to Head and Spine
  • Diabetes and Allergies
  • Poisonings
  • Infant and Child Emergency Care

    This course adheres to the U.S. Department of Transportation Guidelines and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services standards. Admission into the EMT-Basic (EMC110) course is regulated by the State of Washington.

    Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Tacoma Community College. This will enable them to participate in the national registry testing process (NREMT).

    The EMT-Basic course helps students partially fulfill prerequisites for entry into the EMS-Paramedic Program at Tacoma Community College. Learn more about prerequisites.  

Please note: Students must have either their high school diploma or GED to sit for the NREMT and obtain Washington State certification. After successfully passing this exam, the student will be eligible to apply for work as an EMT.

Admission Requirements for the EMT-Basic Course

  • Accuplacer assessment exam scores showing placement at ENGL/ 085 or higher
  • Accuplacer assessment exam scores showing placement at MATH 085 or higher or successful completion with a C grade or higher in MATH 075 
  • Current driver’s license


Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Certificate (12 credits)

The EMT-Basic program is the entry-level certification course for the Emergency Medical and Health Services field. 

Course Number Course Name Credits
EMC 110 Emergency Medical Technician Basic 10
EMC 111 Emergency Medical Technician Lab 2

How to Enroll

The EMT- Basic program is offered every quarter. There is no formal program application process and students enroll on a first-come, first-served bases during open registration for classes. Classes will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. 9 p.m., and then every other Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (total of 5 Saturdays).

This certificate is also available in the IBEST format in a 1-quarter, campus-based model. This program is designed for students below college level in their reading/writing/math skills and includes additional adult basic education courses.

Questions? Call Us!

Program Information 253-566-5113

If you are interested in the IBEST version of this certificate, please visit IBEST or contact Alicia Peebles

TCC's EMHS Program

The EMT-Basic certificate is part of TCC's EMHS program.