EMT Training

Course Description & Entrance Requirements

South Carolina follows the current 1994 United States Department of Transportation (DOT) / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) curriculum for EMT-Basic. In addition to the 110 hour curriculum, additional hours are included for the following:

  • Advanced Airway (Module 8 - Orotracheal Intubation - ET) 12 Hours
  • CPR (included in course) 8 Hours
  • Enrichment Modules 9 Hours
  • Infection Control
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garments
  • IV Maintenance

The initial EMT-Basic course as outlined above is a minimum of 139 classroom hours plus the required clinical experience as specified in the curriculum course guide.The refresher EMT-Basic course exceeds the DOT EMT-Basic Refresher and is a minimum of 36 classroom hours and incorporates the Advanced Airway Module in addition to the standard refresher training.Entrance requirements for all candidates entering an initial EMT-Basic training program in South Carolina are as follows:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • 18 years of age prior to the last class meeting.
  • Be physically fit and able to perform all the tasks required of an EMT.
  • Other prerequisites as required by the specific training institution.
  • Must have a current BLS credential prior to state certification as a basic.

Entrance requirements for all candidates entering a refresher EMT- Basic training program in South Carolina are as follows:

  • Current South Carolina EMT - OR -
  • Previous South Carolina EMT (Not expired for more than one year) - OR -
  • Letter of permission from the state EMS office.

All candidates successfully completing a South Carolina EMT-Basic course (initial or refresher) must successfully pass the National Registry EMT-Basic Practical & Written Examinations prior to receiving a South Carolina EMT-Basic state certification.The EMT-Basic course is offered throughout the state in various post-secondary training institutions, which offer courses though a continuing education department
  • Technical Colleges (in the Beaufort area contact the Technical College of the Lowcountry)
  • Vocational Schools
  • Selected Colleges and Universities