Program Content:

The Emergency Medical Technician―ATD (Applied Technical Diploma) Program prepares students to administer basic emergency care using appropriate equipment and material, which include maintaining an open airway, controlling bleeding, treating shock, splinting fractures, assisting with childbirth, trauma emergencies, and managing disasters and triage.

Students gain clinical experience on Pediatric or Human Patient Simulators, in local emergency rooms, and on fire department rescue units. This program has achieved national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and is now part of the Emergency Medical Services Associate of Science degree.

Graduates are prepared for certification as EMTs in accordance with Chapter 64J-2 of the Florida Administrative Code. State certification is granted after successful completion of the National Registry Exam. This is the initial level for a career in emergency medical systems and the primary prerequisite for paramedic training and certification.

Program Length:

The EMT―ATD Program takes approximately 3 months (300 hours) to complete.

Industry Certifications/State Credentials:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Obtainment Time Frame: Within 2 years of program completion

Entrance/Exit Requirements:

Applicants must have:

  • A completed Health Science application;
  • Be 18 years of age prior to Clinical in order to ride.

Suncoast conducts a background check on applicants for all Health Science/EMS programs in accordance with the requirements set by affiliation agreements, licensing agencies, and state statutes. Restrictions on admission to programs include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Chemically Impaired―requires 1 full year of documented stability prior to admission.
2. Emotional/Mental Illness―requires 1 full year of documented stability prior to admission.
3. Arrests―Applicants who have been convicted of, or who have pleaded nolo contendere, for arson, assault, robbery, armed burglary, kidnapping, attempted murder, murder, manslaughter, repeated drug or alcohol offenses, or who have repeated misdemeanor offenses will be denied admission to Health Science/EMS programs. Applicants who have been arrested and convicted of or who have plead nolo contendere to offenses other than those stated above will be denied admission for one full year after the completion of all court ordered requirements. Applicants must be prepared to present documentation of satisfaction of all court mandates and document one year of satisfactory work history after completion of court ordered requirements. Regulatory agencies and local employers may have more stringent requirements for employment or for attendance for clinical rotations.
4. Health Risks―Determining that an applicant’s career choice will not be a detriment to his/her own health (or the safety of patients/clients), applicants may be required to provide documentation that is above and beyond medications and physical conditions identified on their physical exam questionnaire and exam report. All programs require documentation of the absence of lifting restrictions.

PLEASE NOTE: Information sessions are held regularly to answer any questions about the application process. Contact Student Services at (941) 924-1365 x62283 to make an appointment.

All applications must be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered for the program of choice. Applicants are only eligible for selection into a program if all required elements are complete and on file. No application will be considered for selection if elements are missing or incomplete. Call (941) 924-1365 x62283 for current program application deadlines.

Standard Occupations:

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Health Care Support Workers, All Other

Emergency Medical Techs & Paramedics

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Course Campus Location(s):

Sarasota & North Port

Course Sequence:


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Course Title



EMS0110Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)300 hrs