Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Prepare yourself to answer the call as an EMT with Green River's new Emergency Medical Technician Certificate.

Our program offers night and weekend classes to help you prepare for certification in two months while maintaining your current employment, or busy schedule.

Learn the roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician according to state and King county standards and requirements. Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Exam to qualify for state certification after meeting the Washington state requirement of employment.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate of Proficiency

Program Contact and Instructor: Karen Urick

Karen Urick is a certified Senior EMT instructor and evaluator and has worked as an EMT in various roles for over 30 years. She has certifications as an EMT, EMT instructor evaluator, Senior EMT instructor for the state of Washington and CPR instructor for the American Heart Association. She is a volunteer EMTand Firefighter in South King County for the last 30 plus years as well as working as an EMT for several different ambulance companies since 1984. Her teaching style is part mentor and part drill sergeant, with her priority being student success.

EMT Application

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills in the overall roles and responsibilities of the EMT in performing both emergency medical care and operational aspects of the job.
  • Develop skills in patient evaluation and all emergency treatment procedures short of those rendered by physicians.
  • Meet the minimum standards of state law and local county codes.
  • Develop student skill in the use and maintenance of all equipment and instruments required to accomplish his/her job as an EMT.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of sudden illness or injury; and of the mechanics of injury for patient evaluation.


  • Attend a mandatory information session. Please RSVP on the events calendar.
  • Pass the Advanced First Aid Entrance Exam with 70 percent or higher.

    Emergency Medical Technician will start Fall 2017 - the first day of class is September 26, 2017. Your first step to getting started  is attending a mandatory information session; the last information session before Fall quarter is  on 8/1. Please RSVP via the Events Calendar. Application deadline (turning in all of your documents) is September 18. For questions contact Karen Urick.

Additional requirements once accepted into the program:

  • Show proof of being at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the course enrollment.
  • Provide a copy of a valid driver's license issued in the United States. Note: Graduates will need a valid Washington State driver's license to work in the state.
  • Provide a copy of high school diploma or GED equivalency or college transcript showing high school completion.
  • Provide a copy of a clear Washington State Patrol background check.
  • Provide copies of required immunizations:
    1) Hepatitis B Series or positive titer.
    2) A current Tuberculin skin test or alternative health documentation.
  • Have the physical strength to carry, lift, extricate and perform similar maneuvers in a manner not detrimental to the patient, fellow emergency technicians or self.

Co-requisite:Completion of AHE192 taken concurrently with AHE190.

What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

The EMT course covers the skills and knowledge required to manage patients in both traumatic incidents and medical emergencies which are mandated by state law and local protocols including:

  1. Trauma and medical patient assessment
  2. Kinetics of trauma, extrication skills
  3. Musculoskeletal injuries, splinting with various devices
  4. Vital signs
  5. Respiratory system and airway management skills
  6. Bleeding and shock management
  7. Mass casualty incidents, terrorism, hazardous materials
  8. Cardiac system, CPR, AEDs
  9. Pharmacology for EMS providers
  10. Endocrine system and emergencies
  11. Behavioral emergencies
  12. Childbirth and pediatric emergencies
  13. Report writing
  14. Legal, Ethical, Cultural issues

What are some potential job titles?

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Firefighter
  • EMT/Dispatcher
  • Emergency Room Technician.

Wages, employment trends and pathways

Wages:Median wages (2014) $15.24 hourly, $31,700 annual

Employment Trends:Projected growth (2012-2022) - Much faster than average (22% or higher).

Pathways: Paramedic, Physician Assistant, ARNP, RN, Physician