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EMT Certificate

A prerequisite to the TCC Paramedic program.  

August 26, 2021: Admission Update

The online application for the Fall 2021 Emergency Medical Technician is now accessible at  After clicking the link to apply, applicants will need to create an account/register to login. 

Please note this application does not require you to be a current TCC student. Though if accepted into the program, candidates will need to apply for admission to TCC to complete the registration process. 

There will be three options for EMT courses offered for the academic year:

  1. Community-based location: Specifically designed to enhance options for access in underserved Tacoma neighborhoods. Tacoma’s East Side is the anticipated community site for fall 2021. 
  2. IBEST option: Specifically designed for adults and second language learners without college credit or experience. This program provides academic and additional wraparound supports.
  3. Traditional course option

Due to the high volume of interest in the EMT program, TCC will select applicants for specialty cohorts based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, application completion, location, academic preparation, etc.  All others will be randomly selected via a lottery-based system.   

We hope prospective students find the new application to be intuitive and user-friendly.  If you have questions or need help, please email us at   Applicants will have the opportunity to return to this site to edit open applications, up until they click “submit” or until the application deadline of September 7th. 

Note:  If you do not receive an anticipated email from the online application system, please be sure to check your Junk mail.   

In light of evolving needs related to the pandemic, TCC has been fortunate to continue to provide in-person education for our health science programming.  During the last year, TCC has spent significant time in reviewing our application processes in an attempt to streamline protocol and to reduce inequities related to the evolving needs related COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank you for your patience while we assessed best practices for candidate selection.

Admission Requirements for the EMT Program

  • Assessment scores showing placement at ENGL 085 or higher, and MATH 085 or higher
  • Or, successful completion with a C grade or higher in ENGL 075 and MATH 075 
  • Current government issued photo identification

How to Enroll

The EMT program is typically offered every quarter. Classes typically 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).  Admission processes are currently under review and subject to change.  Please see above for admission process updates.  

EMT Certificate Program Packet (PDF)

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.

EMT Certificate 

The EMT 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 (EMC110 and EMC 111) courses are 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 program 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.


Emergency Medical Technician Certificate (12 credits)

The EMT 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


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TCC's EMHS Program

The EMT Certificate is part of TCC's EMHS program.