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Emergency Medical Technology

Emergency Medical Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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The A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) degree prepares students to provide emergency medical support to people who are injured or critically ill and to transport them to a medical facility, if necessary. When working in a first-responder situation, such as an ambulance service or fire department, EMTs are dispatched to the scene of the emergency, which can be as varied as a car accident, a fire, a falling injury,  a dog bite, a shooting or stabbing, a birth, or a person who's suddenly fallen ill.  Once at the scene of the emergency, EMTs assess the situation, determine if additional assistance is needed, and, if necessary, order the additional help.                     

The flexibility of the EMT curriculum allows you to enter the profession at two levels - Basic EMT and Paramedic. This enables students to continue their education while working. In addition to receiving the technical education necessary for the profession,  you will take general-education courses, as well. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Registry Examination for EMT Basic and Paramedic.                     

Note: Students who satisfactorily complete all of the EMS subject courses required in the first and second semester may be eligible for the EMT-Basic Certificate (EMT6).

The Horry-Georgetown Technical College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775;  www.caahep.org. To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, (214) 703-8445, Fax (214) 703-8992; www.coaemsp.org

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 Office of Career Services 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
  • Charleston County EMS
  • Marion County EMS

Program Disclosure Statement

Applicants to the Emergency Medical Technician program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Applicants will be accepted into the Emergency Medical Technology program on a first qualified, first accepted basis.

  • Students are required to be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program.
  • Complete and pass the General Hospital Orientation.
  • Transfer students must meet the College transfer student admission requirements and transfer of EMT courses must show a current CPR certification.
  • Other expenses may include, but are not limited to: purchasing scrubs and shoes, and gas and transportation to clinical sites.
  • Second semester high school students interested in the EMT program, click here for further information.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
Earn a minimum grade of "C" in all general education, support and EMS courses. Failure of one required course will result in the student being dropped from the program with eligibility for readmission. A student who has a second failure in any one of the required courses, or failure in any two of the required courses will not be eligible for readmission to the EMT program. Failure is defined as receiving a grade below "C" in any course. Students may apply for readmission to EMT program after 2-year time period from 2nd course failure.

Students must pass a criminal background check and urine drug screening 30 days prior to starting clinical each semester.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology* 4
EMS 104 Emergency Care I 7
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
  TOTAL 14
Second Semester - Spring    
EMS 109 Emergency Care II 7
EMS 212 EMS Field Internship 2
  Humanities** 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
EMS 115 International Trauma Life Support 1
EMS 119 Emergency Medical Services Operations 2
EMS 150 Introduction to Advanced Care 5
EMS 223 Paramedic Clinical I 2
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
  TOTAL 13
Fourth Semester - Fall    
EMS 116 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
EMS 224 Paramedic Clinical II 2
EMS 230 Advanced Emergency Medical Care I 5
EMS 238 Paramedic Ambulance Field Experience I 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics* 3
  TOTAL 14
Fifth Semester - Spring    
EMS 117 Pediatric Advanced Life Support 1
EMS 118 Advanced Medical Life Support 1
EMS 240 Advanced Emergency Care II 5
EMS 241 Paramedic Clinical III 2
EMS 248 Paramedic Ambulance Field Experience II 2
EMS 272 Paramedic Capstone 4
  TOTAL 15

Total Credit Hours


*Students interested in the Associate Degree Nursing Advanced Placement Program or transferring to a senior institution, should select ENG 101 and SPC 205 in place of ENG 155; BIO 210 and 211 in place of BIO 112; and MAT 110 in place of MAT 155.
**Humanities: Choose one of the following: ART 101, HIS 101, HIS 201, MUS 105 or PHI 110.