Emergency Medical Technician

Free Certification Training

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course prepares the student to enter the realm of emergency medical services (EMS). The EMT course is a necessity for personnel that wishes to work on an ambulance, but also benefits firefighters, police officers, industrial safety personnel, and other healthcare professions. The EMT course provides the student with the knowledge to provide basic life support (BLS) to patients in cardiac arrest, experiencing medical emergencies, and those with traumatic injuries. Upon successful course completion, students are eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s certification examinations.


You'll learn how to:

  • Respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or bandaging a wound

  • Assess a patient's condition and determine a course of treatment

  • Provide first-aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured patients

  • Transport patients safely in an ambulance

  • Transfer patients to the emergency department of a hospital or other healthcare facility

  • Report observations and treatment to physicians, nurses, or other healthcare facility staff

  • Document medical care given to patients

  • Inventory, replace, and clean and sanitize supplies and equipment after use

Quick Facts

    The application for the fall cohort will open in August. Contact workforce@yccc.edu for more information.

  • Training Start Date: Fall 2022

    All training will be at York County Community College in Wells, ME.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Maine Resident
    High school diploma or equivalent
    At least 18+ before the start of the training
    Unemployed, underemployed, or employment impacted by Covid

  • COVID-19 Requirements

    All YCCC students must provide proof they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending their first in-person class. Students who require a second dose of a vaccine must provide proof of the second dose no later than 30 days from the date of their first in-person class. For more information, please click COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements below.


This training program is FREE (including textbooks and certifications) for those who meet the eligibility requirements, thanks to generous funding from Maine Quality Center.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

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