Emergency Medical Technician

Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in emergency medical services that will prepare them for employment as technicians.



Training Dates Coming Soon


AWC Main Campus


$2864.94 for In-state students

$3458.94 for Out-of-State students


Field of Interest
Designed to prepare individuals for certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Upon successful completion of EMS 152, the student is eligible to take the EMT examination and to apply to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services for certification as an EMT. Criminal history self-disclosure required.

Students who successfully complete the course requirements will earn college credit and an occupational certificate from Arizona Western College.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of the class students will be able to:

  • state the legal responsibilities and limitations associated with pre-hospital patient care. 
  • compare and contrast State Certification and National Registry Registration.
  • identify general structures of the human body and state the function of each.
  • demonstrate skill in assessment of illness or injuries in a given patient.
  • demonstrate skill in alleviating airway obstruction and respiratory arrest.
  • demonstrate skill in performing CPR and applying mechanical breathing aids.
  • identify symptoms of shock and perform emergency care to control bleeding and stabilize blood pressure.
  • demonstrate proficiency in immobilizing fractures and dislocations of the upper and lower extremities. 
  • identify injuries of the head, neck, face, spine and demonstrate proficiency in immobilizing, lifting and moving patients.
  • recognize emergencies and apply the appropriate interventions for the following general categories:
    1. Medical
    2. Environmental
    3. Traumatic
    4. Behavioral 
  • identify procedures for emergency childbirth including procedures for resuscitation of the newborn.
  • apply traction splints and other equipment used in pre-hospital care.
  • administer oxygen, assist in administration of specific medications and apply defibrillation using an automated external defibrillator.
  • extricate, lift, move, position and otherwise disentangle persons from wreckage to minimize discomfort and additional injury.

Who should take the course? 

Displaced workers looking for valuable training to re-enter the workforce.

Registration Process: Because students earn college credit from Arizona Western College, application and admission to AWC is required

Program application must be completed, as well as other requirements, including TB  screening, BLS Provider Card (CPR), US citizen or legal resident, 18 years or older, high school diploma or GED, and criminal record check.

Interested students will meet with an AZ Quest Grant Coordinator to determine eligibility for the program. After eligibility is determined, individuals will be asked to submit their application to the EMT Basic program.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: https://www.azwestern.edu/paying-for-college

Arizona Quest Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant, funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The funding amount for FY23/24 is $2,647,694.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.