2022-2023 Course Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Course Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program Fact Sheet

Semester Program Begins

Lawrenceville Campus

  • Spring semester; Day classes; 2/week
  • Fall semester; Day classes; 2/week
  • Summer semester (continues onto fall semester); Night classes; 3/week

Alpharetta-North Fulton Campus

  • Fall semester; Day classes; 2/week
  • Spring semester; Day classes; 2/week
Minimum Age Requirement Age 18 at the time program starts.
General Admission Application Process
  1. Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at www.GwinnettTech.edu, submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work. You must be accepted into Gwinnett Technical College prior to applying to a program of study.
Program Application Process All applicants are required to submit a program form. Forms are available online at www.GwinnettTech.edu/enrollment/forms-documents/.
  • Summer application deadline: March 22nd
  • Fall application deadline: June 1st
  • Spring application deadline: October 10th

2. Program director approval is required.

Program Admissions Successful completion of a Gwinnett Tech college application and submission of a program advisement form. Criminal background checks and drug screens are required based on the requirements for participation in clinical experiences.
Program Costs and Requirements Approximately $720 for: uniforms; malpractice insurance; textbooks; criminal background checks & drug screening; Platinum Planner; National Registry Exam; National Registry practical exam site fee; Georgia state licensure; other incidental costs. All costs are approximated and are subject to change.
For more information, contact:
For admission and enrollment, contact:
Joshua Vejar, program support specialist jvejar@gwinnetttech.edu, 678-226-6404.
Enrollment Support Center in Building 100 at the Lawrenceville campus, or Building A at the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus, or email HealthTeam@GwinnettTech.edu.


Quick Facts

2021 Median pay       $36,930 per year/$17.76 per hour
Entry level education       Diploma or certificate
Number of jobs, 2020     261,300
Job growth, 2020 - 2030     11% (much faster than average)

Nature of the Work

The EMT represents the first response of the emergency medical system. An EMT trained at this level is prepared to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. The EMT has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies. The AEMT has more advanced training. However, the specific tasks that those certified at this level are allowed to perform varies greatly from state to state. Once they arrive, EMTs assess the nature of the patient’s condition, while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following protocols and guidelines, they provide emergency care and transport the patient to a medical facility. EMTs operate in emergency medical services systems where a physician provides medical direction and oversight.

EMTs use special equipment, such as backboards, to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility. These workers generally work in teams. During the transport of a patient, one drives, while the other monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care, as needed. At the medical facility, EMTs help transfer patients to the emergency department, report their observations and actions to emergency department staff, and may provide additional emergency treatment. After each run, EMTs document the trip, replace used supplies, and check equipment.

Work Environment

EMTs work both indoors and out, in all types of weather. They are required to do considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy li fting. These workers are at a higher risk for contracting illnesses or experiencing injuries on the job than workers in other occupations. They risk noise-induced hearing loss from sirens and back injuries from lifting patients. In addition, EMTs may be exposed to communicable diseases, such as Hepatitis-B and AIDS, as well as to violence from mentally unstable or combative patients. The work is not only physically strenuous but can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and suffering patients. Many EMTs are required to work more than 40 hours a week. Because emergency services function 24 hours a day, EMTs and paramedics may have irregular working hours.


EMTs and paramedics held about 261,300 jobs nationally in 2020. Most career EMTs work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. These individuals volunteer for fire departments, emergency medical services, or hospitals and may respond to only a few calls per month. Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 11 percent between 2020 and 2030.

Median annual wages nationally of EMTs and paramedics were $36,930 in May 2021. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,320 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $60,000.

Research the Career

nremt.org          ems.gov          naemt.org

Information Sessions

4th Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m., Building 200, Room 271, Larenceville Campus

*November session will be held on the 3rd Tuesday* *No information session in July and December*

Please contact Josh Vejar (jvejar@gwinnetttech.edu) for any further questions


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition,
EMTs and Paramedics, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm (visited May
4, 2022).

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