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EMT Certificate - Program Requirements

Certification eligibility

Important note: Students with felony and some misdemeanor convictions, those awaiting trial on a criminal charge or those with a limitation that could prevent them from performing the physical duties of an EMT, may NOT be eligible to test for or receive state and national certification, despite completing PCC training. If you have questions about eligibility, contact DHS at (800) 200-8523 or (602) 364-3150.

Admission, registration and payment

Prospective PCC EMT Certificate students must meet all PCC admissions requirements and all program prerequisites, without exception, prior to registration approval.

Students are required to submit a completed EMT Program Admission Checklist in addition to providing copies of all program prerequisites to the EMT Service Center staff.

Program prerequisites

Download the documents below for information on the EMT program prerequisites:

Certification testing requires an additional fee to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Program requirements

Students are expected to attend EMT 100 for 10 hours per week and spend an additional 20 hours per week studying for the class. Throughout the course each student is required to complete 10 hours of clinical externships, outside of regular class time.

A student must meet the following course requirements or be DISMISSED from the course:

  • Have no more than a total of 10 hours of absences and tardies
  • Achieve an 80 percent or better on ALL graded material
  • Receive a passing score on all EMT 100 practical skills tests.
  • NOT fail more than two exams or three (3) skills tests two (2) times.
Test 1 Initial score 74 - 1st Exam Failure
      Remedial score 82

Test 2  Initial score 70 - 2nd Exam Failure
      Remedial score 80

Test 3  Initial score 72 - 3rd Exam Failure
      Result:  Student dismissal from program

  • Be able to perform the physical requirements related to the course, including lifting (125 pounds alone and 250 pounds with a partner), and bending and stooping
  • Have vision and hearing capabilities sufficient to perform the required tasks of an EMT
  • Be able to communicate in both verbal and written forms
  • Complete 10 hours of clinical observation in the form of externships. If a student does not complete two (2) five (5)-hour externships, he or she will be designated as not completing the course and will NOT be able to take the NREMT exam.
  • Complete DHS- and NREMT-required classroom hours for EMT 100

Dress Code

In order to maintain a professional learning/training atmosphere and to have students prepared for any type of class activity at any time, the College strictly enforces a dress code during EMT classroom hours.

The dress code requires: an official Pima Community College EMT Student Polo shirt; long pants in good condition (jeans are acceptable); and shoes with closed toes and closed heels.

Hats may not be worn during class.

Note: Any student not following the dress code will be asked to leave class and will be docked five (5) classroom hours. The College also has a clinical dress code, which is explained on the first day of EMT 100.