Health Science

Emergency Medical Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree

Advanced Placement


An advanced-placement option is available for students currently holding a National Registry EMT - Basic, EMT - Advanced, or Paramedic certification who have a desire to obtain an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology degree. Through an assessment of professional certifications and previous professional experience, you may be eligible to exempt a maximum of 47 credit hours toward the A.A.S. degree in EMT. HGTC reserves the right to require students to demonstrate competency through satisfactory completion of coursework, certification, challenge or exemption exams, or experiential learning. Each student's certification and experience will be reviewed on an individual basis.

For more information contact:

Scott Cyganiewicz (843) 477-2092

Career Outlook

EMTs are typically members of fire departments or ambulance services. Private services often do non-emergency work, such as taking elderly or chronically ill patients to doctors' appointments, dialysis, etc. Some private services have contracts with municipalities or other local governments to run their 911 response, as well. Many towns have their own ambulance; sometimes the fire department and EMS are one and the same. Other EMT services are owned and operated by the county, as opposed to a town or a private service.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Horry County Fire / Rescue
  • Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire / Rescue
  • Myrtle Beach Fire / Rescue
  • TransMed LLC.
  • AMS Medical Transport
  • Charleston County EMS
  • Marion County EMS



Specific Admission Requirements for Program

The student must:

  • Meet admission requirements for the EMT degree program, including admission fee, proof of background checks, etc.
  • Successfully complete all general education requirements for Emergency Medical Technology. The general education courses are as follows: BIO 112 or BIO 211, ENG 155, MAT 155, PSY 201, SOC 101, and Humanities. CPT 101 is also required to demonstrate computer literacy for a total of 22 credits;
  • Complete general education courses at HGTC or another technical or senior college for transfer to HGTC (transferability is determined by the Registrar’s Office, considering grade, accreditation, and age of course and related information);
  • Must complete 25% (18 credit hours minimum) of the required program credits by completing coursework at HGTC;
  • Achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all general education courses; (continued)
  • Have no more than two (2) attempts on any general education course;
  • Hold current credentials as an EMT or Paramedic, as described above;
  • Repeat a major course no more than once; and,
  • Earn no less than 48 credit hours through course enrollment and completion or exemption of degree requirement coursework; 25% of required coursework must be completed at HGTC.

The Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Emergency Medical Technology degree requires a total of 70 credit hours.