Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician (EMS 1021, 1022, 1023, 1024, and 1070, and HPR 1011)

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is the first semester in the Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology degree. It is an entry level class and no other prior classwork is necessary, although BIO 1006 is a recommended co-requisite if your goal is to complete the degree and obtain paramedic certification. Space is limited each semester and the classes fill quickly. Registration for the EMT program is through open enrollment and students can enroll by logging into their account in "The Rock" and registering for the approproate courses.

The Emergency Medical Technician is a healthcare professional in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system whose primary role is to respond to, assess, triage, and treat emergent, urgent, and non-urgent requests for medical care. Utilizing basic knowledge and skills the EMT provides care and medical transportation to or from a healthcare facility while providing treatment while enroute.

Depending on the patients needs, and avaliable resources, the EMT may be the highest level provider involved the the pre-hospital care of the patient. In other instances the EMT may be paired with an Advanced EMT or Paramedic and function as part of a comprehensive EMS team.

EMTs may be employed in the pre-hospital setting, hospitals, or other healthcare facilities. In a community setting an EMT might visit patients at home and make observations that are reported to higher level medical professionals to help manage a patient's overall care.

(adapted from the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, 2009 and 2018)

Upon successful completion of the EMT Program students are eligible to to take the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) EMT examination. After obtaining NREMT certification you will be able to apply for Colorado EMT certification.

Clinical Requirements

  • Proof of current AHA BLS Provider certification, or enrollment in a section of HPR 1011 that will complete before the drop date of the semester
  • Submission of background check and drug screen through Castlebranch
  • Physical exam with proof of vaccinations and a TB test within the last 12 months
  • Copy of COVID-19 vaccination card
  • Proof of healthcare coverage

Course Offerings

The EMT program at Red Rocks is comprised of 6 courses, EMS 1021, EMS 1022, EMS 1023, EMS 1024, and EMS 1070, and HPR 1011 if needed. A student must complete all courses to be eligible for certification.

For information on current course offerings, pre-requisites, textbooks, and the registration process please visit our Information Sheets page and click on the link for EMS Program Information.


For more information about the EMT program, or the EMS program at Red Rocks Community College, please visit our contact page.