Emergency Medical Technology


Physical Examination and Proof of Immunizations


Due to frequent patient contact, a complete physical and immunizations are required to participate in the EMS program.  The potential student may go to their personal physician or nurse practitioner or any other place that do physicals and immunizations. If the student does not have a personal primary care provider, they may go to a minor emergency care center. The phonebook has many health resources when it comes to searching for a place to get a physical.


A physician or nurse practitioner's acknowledgment of immunization must include immunity to Diphtheria/Tetanus (within 5 years), Hepatitis B (3 dose series), Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella (2 doses) and Varicella (Chicken Pox) (2 doses), a current vaccination for Influenza is also required. A screening to determine the presence of Tuberculosis is also required yearly.


If a student cannot find their immunization records, the student can have a titer drawn to see if they have had the immunization. Usually the Measles, Mumps and Rubella series (MMR) is giving during childhood. The student must have either two doses of MMR or one dose of MMR and one does of Rubeola. The student must also have the three dose Hepatitis B series. This series of doses is given over a six month period, so it is highly recommended that the student begins the series immediately to have it completed before clinical rotations. Check with Health Departments in your area to see if they give these immunizations if your physician does not.


CPR Certification


All students who seek admission to the Emergency Medical Services programs must be CPR certified. When choosing a CPR class, students must look for an Advanced or Rescure CPR course which includes AED, Adult, Child and Infant CPR training. Currently, the only CPR certification accepted by NCTC's EMS Program is the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR.


What is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)? It is a basic emergency procedure for life support, consisting of artificial respiration and manual external cardiac massage (compressions).


Here is a list of CPR training sites you may contact for training. Besides those sites, you may want to contact local hospitals and fire departments because they sometimes offer CPR training to the public. You may go to any CPR training site as long as they offer the Healthcare Provider course.


Please note Online CPR Training Courses will not be accepted.


CPR Trainer:

Contact Information:

CPR Emergency Management Resources


Jennifer Khonsari



American Heart Association


Alert CPR Emergency Training Center (Stephen Thomas)


CPR Associates

(Thomas Swalm)




John Bryant



Gail Tolle

American Heart Association Instructor



Heartsmart Training

(Bettina Cooper)



Ricky Bell



Located in Gainesville area


Drug Screen Information


Participation in clinical rotations requires each student to submit to a drug screen. The drug screen must be conducted at the student's own expense.The student may get the drug screen from their own physician or a drug screen agency. The phonebook has listings for drug testing companies. The drug screen should test for the following substances:


•  Amphetamines

•  Cocaine Metabolites

•  Opiates

•  Barbiturates

•  Marijuana Metabolites

•  Phencyclidine

•  Benzodiazepines  

•  Methadone  

•  Propoxyphene