Explore SPC's Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma

Emergency Medical Technicians form the backbone of emergency medical services delivery in the U.S. and work in teams with more advanced providers. Our Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma gives you the skills to excel in this field and a foundation for further EMS education and career advancement.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Emergency Medical Technicians

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Features of SPC's Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma

  • Offered at HEC in spring, summer and fall
  • Offered at Tarpon Springs Campus beginning Summer 2018
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Can be completed in 16 weeks
  • Puts you in Pinellas County emergency departments and hospitals for clinical courses
  • Places you in Pinellas County fire and EMS agencies for a field internship
  • Prepares you for quick entry into a career

Skills You Will Gain in SPC's EMT Applied Technology Diploma

  • Basic life support techniques
  • Patient assessment and transportation
  • Effective communications and documentation
  • Bandaging and splinting
  • Basic airway management
  • Extrication techniques

Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma without Financial Aid Eligibility

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

This program is designed to produce Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), whose job it is to deliver the pre-hospital, life support care and transportation necessary for victims of accidents and emergency illness. The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance.

The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. Successful completion of the prescribed courses and the awarding of a diploma of completion means eligibility to take either the State of Florida examination for certification or National Registry exam for certification as an EMT-Basic. See admission requirements in BOT Rule 6Hx23-4.55.

Graduation Requirements

Grade of "C" or better required in ALL courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Ralph Sibbio
EMS Program Director
For EMT program information, please contact

Florida CIP Code

0351090408 - Emergency Medical Technician - ATD (NEW)

Federal CIP Code

51.0904 - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic).

Important Information


The St. Petersburg College EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).


  • Graduates of SPC's Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma program are prepared to take the national certification exam as an EMT.


SPC provides education in the two levels of Emergency Medical Services certified by the State of Florida: Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. The EMT is the first level and allows practice at the basic life support level. It also provides the foundation to become a Paramedic. Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs and are trained in advanced life support measures.

Our EMT Applied Technology Diploma and Paramedic Certificate programs are the first two occupational completion points for our Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree. The A.S. Degree can transfer to two of SPC's bachelor's degrees: Public Safety Administration or Health Services Administration.

For graduates of the four technical schools covered by the Florida Statewide Articulation Agreement (Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College [formerly Sarasota County Technical Institute], Lake Tech and First Coast Technical College), please contact the EMS Program Director to make an appointment to discuss a learning plan. You must be currently certified as a Florida Paramedic. Additional testing and face-to-face courses may be required.


We also offer health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree

Program Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.

Health Programs Application

Application Windows for Day Program

Term Applications Accepted Application Review Student Notified By MySPC e-mail
Fall: August March 1 – May 15 May 16 –May 31 June 1
Spring: January July 1 – Sept. 15 Sept. 16 - Sept. 30 Oct. 1

Application Windows for Evening Program

Term Applications Accepted Application Review Student Notified By MySPC e-mail
Summer: May Nov. 1 - Feb. 20 Feb. 21 - Feb. 28 March 1