Emergency Medical Services Program


Emergency Medical Technicians provide Basic Life Support (BLS) care to injured persons in prehospital settings by assessing the nature and extent of illness or injury to provide proper medical care, provide comfort and reassurance to patients, communicate with dispatchers or treatment center personnel to provide information about the situation, arrange reception of patients, or to receive instructions for further treatment. 

EMTs are also responsible for the maintenance of emergency response vehicles, medical, and communication equipment, as well as replenishing first aid equipment and supplies.  

Job Title Average Wage Annual Job Openings Expected Growth
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) MT: $29,060/yr
US: $35,470/yr
MT: 60
US: 13,900
MT: 13%
US: 7%

*Information obtained from O*NET OnLine and bls.gov

The Great Falls College EMT course is a one-semester, 7 college credit course that includes the following:


  • Traditional classroom lectures on campus typically two days per week; however selective course lectures can be attended/viewed via live video conferencing software or online recorded sessions.


  • Meet once per week on campus for traditional lab utilizing our state-of-the-art simulated hospital and ambulance.

Ambulance Ride Along With:

  • Great Falls Emergency Services
  • Great Falls Fire Rescue

About our EMT course:

  • The Great Falls College EMT course is open enrollment with no prerequisites. 
  • Our students have a 95% pass rate on the national EMT certification exam (NREMT).
  • On-campus and online college resources, such as:
    • Financial Aid
    • Academic Success and Accessibility
    • Free Tutoring
    • College Bookstore
    • Library
    • Scholarships
    • Access to our learning management system, D2L Brightspace, with support

To get started:

This is a great degree to earn along the way for those students working on their pre-requisites for a paramedic program. Upon successful completion of this pre-paramedic certificate of technical studies, students will meet the minimum requirements to apply for any paramedic program within the Montana University System. At the completion of ECP 131, students 18 years or older may sit for the National Registry EMT exam. Being a certified EMT is also a requirement for becoming a paramedic. Paramedics are licensed individuals who under the remote supervision of physicians, are trained to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies in prehospital settings. They also supervise ambulance personnel. A paramedic program includes instruction in basic, intermediate, and advanced EMT procedures; emergency surgical procedures; medical triage; rescue operations; crisis scene management and personnel supervision; equipment operation and maintenance; patient stabilization, monitoring, and care; drug administration; identification and preliminary diagnosis of diseases and injuries; communication and computer operations; basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, and toxicology; and professional standards and regulations.

At the completion of this degree graduates are prepared to:

  • Evaluate patients' symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments.
  • Explain procedures to patients who are in life-threatening situations or in extreme mental distress.
  • Relay information to others on the medical team using the appropriate terminology.
  • Apply basic computer skills, critical thinking skills, and writting communication skills needed to enter the medical workforce or apply to a paramedic program.

Required Coursework: 

Program Course Requirements
Course Prefix and Number Course Title Credits
M 105 **, + Or any core math Contemporary Math 3
BIOH 104 + Or BIOH 108 + Or BIOH 201 **, + Basic Human Biology with Lab 4
AHMS 144 + Medical Terminology 3
WRIT 101 **,+ College Writing I 3
ECP 131+ Emergency Medical Technician with Clinical 7
COMX 115+ Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
CAPP 131+ Basic MS Office 3

 * This program is pending Department of Education approval for financial aid funding and is currently not a financial aid elible program. Please talk to your advisor about your options.

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