What is an EMT?
- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are first responders for traumatic injuries and medical emergencies.
- EMTs provide assessment, treatment, and transportation to the hospital.
- EMTs work aboard ambulances, in first aid stations, and in hospital emergency departments.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 15%, much faster than average, job market growth for EMTs and Paramedics over the next 10 years – view the full report!
Our EMT Program Frequently Asked Questions article provides the answers to most inquiries our participants have before enrolling in our EMT programs.
Code One’s 180 hour Emergency Medical Technician program prepares participants to respond to medical emergencies. EMTs respond to emergency 911 calls, assess ill and injured individuals, administer life saving interventions, and transport patients to hospital Emergency Departments aboard ambulances for further treatment. This exciting and demanding course covers human anatomy and physiology, treatment of sick and injured individuals, and transportation of these patients to the hospital.
Our course curriculum involves interactive lectures, hands-on practical training, and 20 hours of clinical observation time in a variety of settings including onboard ambulances and in hospital emergency departments. Code One’s instructors are experienced EMS professionals that bring real-world situations into the classroom. A blend of hands-on practice and interactive lectures prepare Code One EMT students for certification testing and to work as an EMS provider.
Code One’s success is proven – our student pass rates exceed national and state averages and many of our graduates work and volunteer for many EMS services throughout the country including as firefighters, police officers, military, and federal agents. Many Code One grads have continued their education and are now paramedics and nurses.
- Students must be 16 years of age or older by the end of the course to become certified as an EMT by the State of Connecticut and National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).
- Students convicted of a felony may not be eligible for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.
- Students must maintain a score of 75% or higher in this course to sit for the course final written and practical skills exams. Participants with less than 75% averages during the program will be counseled by their instructor and may be dismissed from the course if their average remains below 75%.
- Students that successfully complete both testing phases will be eligible to test for National Registry written and practical examinations for EMT certification.
- Participants must be in good health and able to perform the physical duties of an EMT. Some clinical sites require students to provide a certification of health signed by a physician, a negative Tuberculin Skin Test or Chest X-Ray within 1 year prior to the start of clinical, and a history of vaccinations. Any specific requirements for clinical sites will be presented on the first day of class and due by the midterm.
Check out our EMT Frequently Asked Questions article.
Textbooks and Materials
Course materials, included:
- Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 11th Edition
- National Council for Behavioral Health Mental Health First Aid certification
- American Heart Association BLS Provider certification
- Blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, penlight, and pocket mask
- Code One T-Shirt for clinical rotations (navy pants and dark boots are required as well, not included)
- Code One Web Course Tools Access
Optional course materials:
- Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 11th Edition Student Workbook
- Prepaid psychomotor exam voucher
- Prepaid cognitive exam voucher
National and State Certifications
Upon completion of the EMT program participants must successfully complete psychomotor (practical) and cognitive (written) examinations to obtain certification.
The practical examination is a five station skills test that is conducted Wednesday evenings at Code One’s East Hartford center. This examination is administered by the State of Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services. Candidates rotate through all stations performing medical and trauma assessments, extremity and spinal immobilization or bleeding control and shock management, CPR/AED, and airway management. Participants must pass all stations to complete the practical examination. Candidates may repeat stations unlimited times until all stations are passed (each station may only be attempted once per exam date). Code One students use the same equipment in class that they will eventually be tested on and are required to be patients at a practical examination during their course.
The written exam is administered by appointment at Pearson Vue Testing Centers nationwide. This computer based test arrives at a pass/fail result based upon the candidate’s ability to answer a varying number of questions derived from the EMT competency areas.
Once both examinations are completed, participants are issued EMT certification from the State of Connecticut and the National Registry of EMTs. NREMT may be used to obtain EMT certification in many other states. Check with your local EMS agency for requirements. Participants who are 16 or 17 years old upon program completion will need to submit an Age Waiver to the Office of Emergency Medical Services signed by a parent or guardian.
Check out our EMT Frequently Asked Questions article.
EMS Career Opportunities
The 2018 EMS World Salary Survey determined the average hourly wage for EMTs in Connecticut to be $23.27. With the total cost of EMT training and certification testing being under $1,800, an entry into Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides a quick return on investment in a relatively short amount of time. An accelerated student can be job ready in as quickly as 6 weeks; a traditional student 14 weeks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies EMTs and Paramedics to be in growing demand and career advancement is possible with further education as a Paramedic.
We have compiled job listings for many of the area EMS agencies and hospitals who hire EMTs:
Commercial Ambulance Services (Minimum Age Usually 18-21, Companies Vary):
- Aetna Ambulance (Hartford, CT)
- Ambulance Service of Manchester (Manchester, CT)
- American Ambulance Service (Norwich, CT)
- American Medical Response
- Connecticut Divisions: Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven, Bridgeport
- Massachusetts Divisions: Springfield, Worcester, Marlborough
- Pennsylvania Divisions: Philadelphia
- Hunter’s Ambulance Service (Meriden, Middletown, CT) - Jobs aren’t posted online, apply in person.
- Nelson Ambulance Service (New Haven, CT)
- Trinity Health of New England EMS (Waterbury, CT)
Emergency Departments (Patient Care Technicians):
- Backus Hospital (Norwich)
- Eastern Connecticut Health Network (Manchester/Vernon)
- The Hospital of Central Connecticut (New Britain/Southington)
- Middlesex Hospital (Middletown/Marlborough/Westbrook)
- Saint Francis Hospital (Hartford)
- Regional Emergency Medical Technician Job Postings (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
Volunteer EMS Providers:
- Hebron Fire Department
- East Hampton Ambulance Association
- Colchester-Hayward Fire Department
- Newington Volunteer Ambulance
- Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance
Code One Training Solutions, LLC does not represent the above organizations. Successful completion of this program does not guarantee employment. If your organization hires Emergency Medical Technicians, please email us your opportunities page so that we can list your organization.