Central Texas College

EMT Basic

Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)

Who benefits from the Emergency Medical Technology program?


Anyone interested in learning what to do in a medical emergency. This could be someone who wants the knowledge for their own personal use, someone who needs it as an adjunct to their job, such as a child care provider, a fire fighter, or a policeman; or someone who wants to go into the field of emergency medicine.

What the program entails:

Primarily, CTC's EMT Program provides pre-hospital care training at two levels, the First Responder level and the EMT-Basic level.

EMT-Basic (EMSP 1401/1160): EMT-Bs are the medical professionals who usually staff the ambulances which respond to the scene of medical emergencies. CTC's EMT Program trains individuals to become EMT-Bs. See below for more information. Generic EMT-B Job Description: An EMT-B is the medical professional who usually staffs an ambulance. He/she is a medical care-giving professional who goes to the scene of an emergency. He/she is sent out to the scene of an emergency by a dispatcher. The dispatcher acts as a communications channel for all the links of an Emergency Medical Services system and may also by trained as an EMT. An EMT-B makes the initial assessment of the nature and extent of a victim's medical problems. In order to help victims, EMTs must quickly identify the nature of the emergency, stabilize the patient's condition, carry out the necessary medical procedures, and transport the victim to a medical care facility. Because an EMT is usually the first medical professional to assess the victim of a emergency, his role is crucial in the outcome of emergency care.

Job Prospects (See source: Dept of Labor)

Is a career in EMS Right for you?

  • Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow by 9 percent between 2010 and 2018, which is which is about the same as the average for all occupations.
  • EMTs don't sit behind a desk or work the traditional 40-hour week.
  • EMTs receive enormous satisfaction from providing a vital public service to victims of sudden illness or accident.
  • There are many types of employers for EMTs. You will have a variety of career opportunities.