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Emergency Medical Technician ATD

Train for a career as an EMT with a one-semester program that prepares ambulance attendants and others involved in pre-hospital rescue and emergency care of the sick or injured.

Eastern Florida’s Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) qualifies graduates to take the State of Florida certification exam through the National Registry of EMTs.

EMT certification can be a pathway to a challenging career and a launching pad to additional higher education credentials and career opportunities such as Paramedic and Firefighter programs.

EFSC’s EMT program is offered each semester and includes both day and night options:

  • Day Class: Two days per week, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 9 AM - 4 PM (Fall & Spring, 16 weeks) and 8 AM - 5 PM (Summer, 12 weeks)
  • Night Class (Fall & Spring Terms Only if Minimum Enrollment is met): Three nights a week between Monday–Thursday from 6 - 10 PM. (Fall & Spring only, 16 weeks). The three days vary between semesters.

Clinical Hours Equal Hands-On Experience

Hands-on experience is a great way to understand EMT employment options and helps you decide what path you want to take in your career. In addition to attending class each week, plan on dedicating 8-12 hours per week to complete your clinical hours, which cover four main areas: a hospital, a private ambulance company (non-emergency patient transport), Brevard County Fire Rescue, and a city fire department (911 first responders).

Emergency Medical Technician ATD

Program Overview

Diploma Type
Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)
Delivery Method
Total Credit Hours
Academic Community
Public Safety
Contact Information
Melissa Walker, Advisor
Melbourne Campus
Building 8, Room 201B


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Emergency Medical Technician ATD COURSE CURRICULUM

While earning your EMT at Eastern Florida, you’ll benefit from EMS simulation labs and state-of-the-art equipment used in your career field. Coursework is taught by experienced, degreed faculty, including adjuncts who are command-officer level leaders of area EMS agencies and who provide extensive real-world training in prehospital emergency medicine skills

How to Apply for the Emergency Medical Technician Program

EFSC’s EMT ATD is a limited-access program with a specialized application process that includes mandatory meetings for applicants. Review and follow the steps below. Students who plan to earn this EMT certificate and then move on to EFSC's Fire Fighter training certificate can submit one public safety application for both programs.

Click each number to review all steps before applying.

Review Deadlines & All Program Info

Since this is a limited access program with a special application process, it is important for prospective students to understand that there are application deadline dates and mandatory invitation-only meeting dates.

All interested persons should read all of the information provided here in the EMT Application Steps prior to applying for the program.

EMT Program Dates & Application Deadlines

Note: Applications must be submitted by midnight on the deadline date. Late applications cannot be accepted.

  • Summer Term 2024 Start (May 2024):
    Deadline to Apply - March 10, 2024
  • Fall Term 2024 Start (August 2024):
    Deadline to Apply - June 9, 2024
  • Spring Term 2025 Start (January 2025):
    Deadline to Apply - October 13, 2024

Review all of the EMT program information, including details about estimated expenses.

Apply for General EFSC Admission

Complete and properly submit the application for general admission to Eastern Florida State College. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee for admission that must be submitted at the time of application to the college.

EFSC Online General Application

Complete all general admissions requirements with the main EFSC Admissions office.

Please note that application processing can take up to 14 days due to the current volume of applications. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.

NOTE: This step pertains ONLY to those students who are not currently enrolled with the college.

If you’re a returning/readmit student who applied to EFSC one or more years ago and have not completed a course in the past year, you must re-apply through the online application and will not be charged the general EFSC application fee.

New & Existing EFSC Students: Complete General Requirements

If you are a new EFSC student, your general admissions acceptance letter and email will list admissions requirements that you must complete to avoid holds that would prevent you from registering for courses if accepted into the EMT program.

You can also review how to complete these general requirements on EFSC's accepted students' page.

If you are an existing EFSC student, you need to verify that you do not have any holds that would prevent course registration if you are accepted into the program.

Visit the Registration Holds webpage for details on how to check your EFSC Message Center for holds and how to clear them.

Complete Online Application for EMT Program

After you have received your general EFSC Admissions Acceptance letter or if you are a current EFSC student, complete and submit the online Public Safety Institute Application using the button below.

Your general admissions acceptance letter will include your Student email address and password required to access your myEFSC account so you can log in and submit the limited access Public Safety application. The limited access application is in addition to the general application and MUST be properly submitted by midnight on the date of the application deadline.

  • Summer Term 2024 Start (May 2024) - Deadline to Apply: March 10, 2024
  • Fall Term 2024 Start (August 2024) - Deadline to Apply: June 9, 2024
  • Spring Term 2025 Start (January 2025) - Deadline to Apply: October 13, 2024

If you plan to earn just the EMT certificate, be sure to choose that option on the application. If you plan to earn the EMT one term and EFSC's Fire Fighter I/II CTC the next term, be sure to choose that option and pay careful attention to which term you are choosing.

Complete the Online EMT Program Application

There is a $25 non-refundable fee for the Public Safety application which can be paid through your myEFSC online account or at a campus Student Accounts Business Office no later than the application deadline.

Monitor Email for Intake Meeting Notice
Intake Invitation-Only Meeting Dates

EMS staff will contact applicants for each upcoming term with an invitation to attend a mandatory Group Intake Meeting. We provide the intake meeting dates by term to assist you with planning, but you MUST be invited to attend the meeting once we've reviewed your EMT application submitted in Step 4.

It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor their EFSC Titan student email Inbox/Spam folder to check for information about the Intake Meeting.

Applicants must RSVP to their meeting invitation. The invitation will contain a reminder on the date, plus the time and location and other important meeting details. Remember: This meeting is mandatory and students will be notified of acceptance decisions following this Intake Meeting.

Intake Meeting Dates by Program Start
  • Summer 2024 Applicants: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Applicants: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Applicants: Tuesday, October 22, 2024
Orientation & Acceptance Process

Students will be notified via Titan Email following the Intake Meeting described in Step 5 if they have been provisionally accepted into the program. Those students must attend the Orientation.

We provide the Orientation dates by term to assist you with planning in case your application should lead to provisional acceptance.

Orientation Dates by Program Start
  • Summer 2024 Applicants: Tuesday, April 2, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Applicants: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Applicants: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2024

Final program acceptance will depend on the completion of orientation paperwork which includes the medical exam, immunizations, acceptable results of a required background check and drug screening, along with making sure your EFSC admissions and registration holds are resolved.

Please refer to the EMT Accepted Students Requirements Page for additional information.

EMT Program Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility

Estimated expenses for Eastern Florida’s EMT ATD program for Florida residents are $2,514.50, including tuition and fees. While the short program length (total credit hours) of this diploma program makes it ineligible for Federal financial aid, EMT students may be eligible for sponsorship through Brevard County Fire Rescue that can cover all tuition, lab fees, uniforms, and textbooks for both this EMT program and EFSC's Fire Fighter certificate program, as well as the bunker gear for the fire academy.

Students also are able to use Florida Bright Futures Scholarships, Florida Prepaid, or the Nelnet Payment Plan toward the tuition and can also apply for Titan Scholarships funded by the EFSC Foundation, scholarships awarded by outside organizations, and/or Veterans Educational Benefits.

Why study in the EMT Program at EFSC?

Hands-on training takes place in the Emergency Medical Services lab in EFSC's Public Safety Instutute. The Lab includes a full-size ambulance and patient simulators, letting students practice the skills they are learning before they begin clinical hours in the community.

Students are making connections with local agencies during those rotations, which can often lead to employment opportunities. This video from a virtual College for a Day presentation offers a program overview and tour of the EMT training facilities.

Emergency Medical Technician ATD Related Programs

Earning the EMT diploma can lead to certification and prepare students for further education to become a paramedic or to add EMT skills as a firefighter. The EMT certification is also required as part of EFSC's Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science degree which can help with career advancement into management positions. The A.S. degree also prepares students to apply for EFSC's Organizational Management Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BAS) degree, which includes a specialization in Public Safety Management.