Instructor: EMS Educators
Hours: Competency-based scheduled hours / 150 hours, adjusted as needed

Course Description:
This Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course meets or exceeds the United States DOT Curriculum, along with the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards adopted by the State of Minnesota EMS Regulatory Board. The EMT is one of the most utilized pre-hospital caregivers in the Emergency Medical Services System. The goal is to provide the students with the core knowledge, skills and attitudes to function in the capacity of an EMT in the State of Minnesota. Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be eligible to take the NREMT cognitive exam in order to receive certification as an EMT by the State of Minnesota, and become Nationally Registered as an EMT.


  • Must be 18 years or older by the completion of this course
  • Must have current immunization records, and be willing to obtain immunizations required by the clinical site
  • Must have a background study completed by the Department of Human Services, Prior to Starting Clinical and Field Rotations

MN State Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients have a background study conducted and completed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Course Goals and Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the EMT Education Standards
  • Obtain a base knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology
  • Show knowledge in the roles, responsibilities and ethics of an EMT
  • Become proficient with all skills associated with the EMT
  • Obtain critical thinking skills in patient assessment
  • Recognize hazards associated in the EMT role

Course Activities:
Class time will be split between lecture and hands-on skills, and class time will be set aside each meeting for student questions. From time to time, there may be class time for students to complete independent study; however, the student should plan on completing readings and course assignments outside of class. There will also be an online component to this course. Quiz scores will be tracked through the course navigator and exam scores will be tracked through the testing website. Students will be working with other students practicing all skills associated with being an EMT. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the skills practice. Each student will be doing at minimum one four-hour ride along with a mentor from Mdewakanton Public Safety in an ambulance and/or a five-hour clinical at St. Francis ER in which a mentor will be provided. The student is required to have a minimum of 10 patient assessments completed during their clinical experiences.

All students must complete National Incident Management System (NIMS) online courses ICS-100b and ICS-700, and turn in proof of completion prior to completing the course.

Attendance and assigned course work is mandatory to complete this course. Any requirement not fulfilled will prevent the student from completing the course. This is a fast-paced course, and the student will be expected to complete assignments on time. Very few exceptions will be made, and must have prior approval from the instructor. Quizzes will be given periodically after the completion of various modules and skills. There will be a first quarter, a mid-course, and a third-quarter written exam; these are cumulative. There is a final written course exam covering all material. All students must complete all chapter quizzes. The quizzes, workbook assignments, NIMS courses, and exams must be taken before the student will be allowed to take the final exam. The written final exam is an EMT on-line exam that each student must pass in order to attempt the psychomotor exam; up to three attempts will be allowed. The psychomotor exam will be administered in accordance with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Psychomotor Exam Guide. In failure to meet the grade percentage minimum, the student will meet with the instructors, course coordinator, department director, and/or medical director to discuss a course of action to meet the requirements. Grading will be the accumulation of all quizzes, workbook assignments, and exams combined. Points will be awarded for class participation, skill checks, and extra credit given out in class.

Each quiz will be worth up to 10 points; each exam is worth up to 100 points; the workbook completion is worth 100 points; and there will be a total of 100 points available for class participation. This is a total of 1000 points available for the course.

91-100% = A
90-81% = B
80-71% = C
70-61% = D

All students are required to have no less than 80% to complete the course to achieve course completion.
All course requirements need to be completed before the student will receive the password for the course final exam. The course final exam must be completed with a passing score 24 hours prior to the students attempt of the NREMT psychomotor exam.

Each student will be provided with AAOS Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, eleventh edition and accompanying workbook at the beginning of the first class. This also comes with an online access code to the Jones and Bartlett Course Navigation web page. The student will also be given access to emstesting.com. This website has the course exams along with practice exams for the National Registry cognitive exam. This will be a valuable tool to assist you with this course and with the completion of the National Registry cognitive exam. All additional study guides, books and materials will be the responsibility of the student. There is no uniform for classroom meetings. However, the student is expected to wear clean, comfortable, modest clothing, appropriate for skills practice, free of holes or torn areas.

Students will be provided with a mentor to follow throughout their shift. Students may be asked to take vitals and/or help with the care of a patient. Students that discuss the treatment, diagnosis, name or anything relating to any patient or patient care with any person other than their mentor is violating HIPPA laws. Any student in violation of the law will be expelled from this course with no refund; and, if any legal action is taken from this, the student will be solely responsible.

During the ride-along and clinical, each student in required to wear:

  • White button down shirt (long or short sleeve) or white polo shirt with NO LOGO’S
  • Black or navy blue pants (NO JEANS)
  • Black shoes or EMS boots (NO TENNIS SHOES)
  • Black dress or work socks must be worn if wearing shoes
  • Name tag will be provided for clinical

A fee of $1,500 for this EMT course is due no later than the first day of class, unless other arrangements have been made. The course book, workbook, course fees, access to the course website, background study, and psychomotor exam fees are included in course cost. The cognitive testing fees will be the responsibility of the student upon registering for the exam after completing the course.

Course Coordinator
Malissa Radanke NRP, FF, RN
Mdewakanton Public Safety Education
2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
952-233-1077 station
952-233-9134 office
612-718-6035 mobile
952-233-2845 fax