Health & Human Services

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Technician

EMS 5605 - 12 credit hours

Class Description

student practicing applying a leg brace to a patientThe purpose of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course is to provide students with an academic and working knowledge to become state certified and to provide basic life support patient care. It provides the basic concepts of emergency care which are needed to function as an EMT. This class will be helpful for other healthcare fields and is a prerequisite for the Paramedic course.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides basic life support care to critically ill or injured patients. EMTs work directly with another EMT to provide this level of care and in conjunction with a paramedic to provide advanced life support. EMTs learn to manage an airway using artificial devices, assess the severity of illness or injury, manage wounds and bleeding, immobilize fractures, perform CPR, utilized an automated defibrillator and a host of other procedures. Recent curriculum changes at the national and state level allow EMTs to assist with the administration of some medications.

EMTs are entry-level EMS providers. They are essential in the EMS chain of survival. Additionally, one must become a certified EMT before entering the paramedic program.

Academic and Class Highlights

student practicing stablizing a neck injuryThe EMT student will be provided an excellent education! The college will follow guidelines established by the Kansas Board of EMS and the US Department of Transportation. The class involves one semester of time where students complete classroom, laboratory, and EMS internship sessions. A total of 24 hours of EMS internship time is required (acquired outside of class time), and proof of immunizations must be on file prior to the start of the EMS internship. Actual patient contact is provided during the class.

The class will be primarily taught by one teacher, though many experts in the medical community will assist the students. Equipment found in the classroom is state-of-art and is the same type that is used by EMS services throughout the nation.

Career Opportunities

student performing CPRHealth services are one of the fastest growing job areas in the United States. Many fire and police departments require their personnel to gain this certification. In addition to working in the pre-hospital setting, some EMTs work in hospital emergency departments, offshore refineries, occupational medicine and movie sets. Demand for EMTs and paramedics continues to grow. Successful completion of the Cowley EMT class can be an excellent entry point into one of the most dynamic and fastest growing careers of our time.

Location of Class

This class is taught at both the Winfield and Mulvane centers. Some weekend and "extra" sessions are required during the course. The course schedule is distributed at the first class meeting. Special arrangements can be made where the instructors teach at various organizations such as fire departments, emergency medical services, nursing homes or hospitals.


This class is offered each semester at one or both locations. Flexible scheduling is also available in certain situations. Many of the EMT courses utilize a hybrid (part online, part on-ground) format that is an extremely convenient and effective course delivery method.

Additional Expenses:

  • A check or money order for $50.00, payable to the Kansas Board of EMS, is due the first night of class. This is a non-refundable fee for certification.
  • Required Books: $195.00 plus tax (price is subject to change - contact the Cowley Bookstore the exact cost). This includes access to JBTest Prep, one of the premier online NREMT test preparation sites.
  • Liability Insurance: Required by the field internship sites. This provides you with malpractice insurance coverage while performing required ambulance clinicals. $25.00
  • Background check: Required for all students who have direct contact with the public. For more information on background checks, click here. $35.00
  • Uniforms for Field Rotations: Cost will vary..
  • Immunizations: Cost will vary.
  • Immunization form may be found here.
  • Travel and Transportation: EMS field internship is completed at a variety of sites. Because of this, students must have adequate transportation and should be aware of the costs involved in this travel. Cost will vary.
  • Stethoscope (optional): $15-$180
  • Meals Away from Home during Field Training: Cost will vary.
  • Kansas Board of EMS and National Registry Examination Fee: This fee covers the Kansas and National Registry examination cost. $80.00
  • Kansas Practical / Skills Exam fee:  $125

All costs are estimated and subject to change without prior notice.

Entrance into Class

Open enrollment. You do not need to speak with any EMS faculty to gain permission to enroll.

Healthcare Education Statement

student practicing putting a neck brace on a patientThe dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandated criminal record checks be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the EMS student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class. For more information on background checks, click here.