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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, STC will complete the registration request and send you an official schedule.


Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

Total Costs  Cost and Fee Breakdown

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Additional Program Requirements

Background Check and Drug Screen

Completion of a background check and drug screen are required before program classes start.



This program requires additional immunizations. Please see additional details.

Many of the Southeast Technical College health programs require students to complete clinical or preceptor hours working at an approved medical facility (the “Facility”) under the direction of either a Southeast Technical College faculty member or licensed medical staff of the Facility.  The Facilities are all independent institutions. Each Facility establishes the requirements for students to participate in either a clinical or a preceptor rotation at the Facility.  To provide clinical/preceptor opportunities for students, Southeast Technical College must comply with the Facilities' requirements and provide proof of adherence to Facility requirements.

Facilities require students to obtain certain vaccinations, including but not limited to influenza and COVID-19, before entering the Facility and participating in a clinical or preceptor rotation. Therefore, Southeast Technical College must obtain and have on file proof of the required vaccinations before a student is assigned to attend a clinical or preceptor rotation.

The Facilities allow students a medical exemption from the various vaccination requirements to enter the Facility and participate in their clinical or preceptor rotation. 

Students in need of an exemption from any vaccination(s) requirements due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief must submit a completed Request for Accommodation form via the myTech website as soon as possible after vaccination deadlines have been announced.  Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. Approval is not guaranteed.

Individuals with an approved exemption will be required to comply with other preventative requirements as specified in the exemption approval and as may be updated by later notification and/or posting of requirements. 

Decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

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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