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Emergency Medical Technician



Respond to emergency calls, provide efficient and immediate care to those in critical condition, and safely and quickly transport patients to medical facilities.

Career Details


Students in Emergency Medical Technician are trained in the following subject areas:

  • CPR
  • Automated external defibrillation
  • Mechanical ventilation using a bag-valve mask
  • Placement of air way adjuncts
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Glucose testing

Career Options

Career Options

Most program graduates become Emergency Medical Technicians, but some also go on to be paramedics, firefighters, and health technologists. There are full-time and part-time opportunities.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • Obtain an ambulance driver’s license
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a clean criminal record.
  • Meet strenuous physical requirements.
  • Register with the state regulatory authority.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Concern for others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self-control

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National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


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