FREE Emergency Medical Technician Training

We are no longer accepting applications for this program. We are currently reviewing all applications for the upcoming EMT Training. We will be offering another EMT Training in the winter of 2022. Please contact the Workforce Department at 207-216-4477 or with any questions.

Thanks to generous funding from Maine Quality Centers, YCCC is able to offer free Emergency Medical Technician Training, for those who meet the eligibility requirements*.

Training Description:

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 wish to work on an ambulance, but also benefits fire fighters, 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.

What does an EMT do?
EMTs and paramedics typically do the following:

  • 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 their observations and treatment to physicians, nurses, or other healthcare facility staff
  • Document medical care given to patients
  • Inventory, replace, and clean supplies and equipment after use

Job Outlook: 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. (

Wednesday Evenings: Lecture (5:00-9:00)
Thursday Afternoon: Lab/Skills (Noon-4:00pm or Thursday Evenings (5:00-9:00 pm)
Training begins on October 13, 2021 – February 10, 2022.

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

*Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18+ or older
  • Maine Resident
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Unemployed, underemployed, or employment impacted by Covid-19

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 (October 13th). 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 check this FAQ page.