Emergency Medical Technician

Course | 3 credits

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) serve a vital link in the chain of a healthcare team. They conduct basic, noninvasive interventions to help save lives and reduce harm at emergency sites. They can do everything a responder does. Plus, they have the skills needed to transport patients safely.

Why Study at Southeast Tech?

At Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, our basic EMT course is designed to instruct students to a basic EMT level. It is recognized that a majority of pre-hospital emergency medical care will be provided by an EMT. You will learn the skills necessary to provide emergency medical care at a basic life-support level with an ambulance service or other specialized service.

Job Outlook 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job availability is growing faster than average for EMTs, with growth expected to be 6% from 2019 to 2029. 


Southeast Tech’s basic EMT course prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the EMT exam. The exam is administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and is required to obtain a license and begin practice as an emergency medical technician. Students are responsible for their own board registry fees.

Licensing Information


Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Course
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Admission Criteria

Students must be 18 years of age to become certified as an EMT in the State of South Dakota. Students may take the course prior to the age of 18 with the understanding they cannot obtain the SD EMT certification.

Application Process

  • Complete the Southeast Tech application.
  • Select "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked "What kind of student are you?"
  • Once the application is submitted, an Admissions Representative will be in contact.
  • Pay $75 registration fee.
  • Then, the Admissions Office will complete the registration request and send you an official schedule.


Costs are calculated based on a charge of $249 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

Total Costs

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Additional Program Requirements

This program requires additional immunizations. Please refer to the Health & Human Services Academic Handbook for additional details.


Technology Requirements

Southeast Technical College's EMT course is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program. You may purchase a laptop from the Southeast Tech Support Center.


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