Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic

About our Program
This 172-hour program is designed to prepare students to function in the field as pre-hospital care providers. Successful completion allows the student to sit for State of Massachusetts and National Registry of EMT’s Emergency Medical Technician certification exams. The curriculum follows National Standard Curriculum, and meets and/or exceeds the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) requirements.

This is an entry level program for those who wish to seek a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) up to the paramedic level.

Students learn how to manage emergencies in the pre-hospital environment including but not limited to: medical, traumatic, obstetric, psychiatric, pediatric, geriatric and environmental emergencies.

Students receive 172-hours of classroom and hands on skills training.

Students must acquire and/or maintain a Health Care Provider CPR certification.  Massasoit Community College offers this certification training for students who do not currently have Health Care Provider CPR.  To register, call 508-588-9100 x1310 or see the schedule below.

Course requirements
In order to be eligible to take the State/National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (written & skills based), exam students must meet the following requirements set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. No prior experience or training is required of the course applicant. The applicant, in order to be eligible for the state EMT certification examination must:

  • be able to read, understand and  communicate in English;
  • be 18 years of age;
  • be free from addiction to alcohol or any  drug;
  • be able to lift and carry 125 pounds; and
  • be free from any physical or mental defect  or disease which might impair his/her  ability to provide  emergency care within  the scope of the EMTs training and  responsibilities, or which might jeopardize the health of another member of the class.
  • The student must also successfully complete  the EMT course including 100%  attendance.
  • Internet access is required in order to  research and complete course assignments  and participate in an EMT online testing  component. (Computer labs with wifi access  are available at the college).


CRN: 26114 / Course: CSHH035 M1
Dates: February 5 - April 25, 2018
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
          9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Site: Middleborough Center, Room: MDL127
Cost: $969
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CRN: 26115 / Course: CSHH035 M2
Dates: February 6 - April 28, 2018
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
.         Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Site: Middleborough Center, Room: MDL127
Cost: $969
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CRN: 26096 / Course: CSHH035 C6
Dates: March 3 - June 2, 2018
Days: Saturdays & Sundays
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Site: Canton Campus, Room: C208
Cost: $969

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*Note: Additional fees are required for textbook, uniform, national testing, and MA State Certification.  Students are also required to participate in an online EMT component (separate).

Do you have your Healthcare Provider CPR certification?

CRN: 26123 / Course: CSHH379 M5
Dates: February 9, 2018
Day: Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Site: Middleborough Center, Room: MDL127
Cost: $89
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CRN: 26122 / Course: CSHH379 M3
Dates: February 14, 2018
Day: Wednesday
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Site: Middleborough Center, Room: MDL127
Cost: $89
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Certificate of Completion
A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion this program. Students who successfully complete the program are NOT required to take the Massachusetts/National Registry EMT Exam, but are strongly encouraged to do so. One must pass the State exam in order to be a certified EMT at the Basic Level.

Students who pass the State exam may bring their State certification to the Registrar’s Office to receive up to three credits for having earned this certification. The credits can be applied only to the Fire Science Program.

Who Should become an EMT?

  • Anyone with a strong desire to help people.
  • Anyone looking for a career in public safety or pre-hospital care.
  • Seasonal workforce (landscapers, carpenters)
  • Firefighters
  • Police

About our instructors
Nastassia Swanson has been a practicing EMT-Paramedic for the past six years in a large urban setting responding to 911 calls and critical care transports. She has been an Instructor for five years and takes pride in inspiring her students to provide “people care”.

Donald Tebeau has been an EMT since 1989 and a paramedic since 1994.  He has worked in rural and urban settings including the City of Weymouth and the Town of Rehoboth.  Donald is currently a Captain and Shift Commander with the Mansfield Fire Department.  He loves teaching and being involved with the EMT Basic program.  In particular, he enjoys helping students work toward their goals and preparing them to work in the EMS field.

Withdrawal, Refund & Cancellation Information
You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.

For additional information about the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic program please call us at 508-588-9100 x1310.

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EMT Basic Standout Student 
Sam Finney

EMT Basic - Sam Finney

From an early age, Sam Finney knew he wanted to be a Firefighter and Paramedic.  Since he was 16 years old, he worked for the Lakeville Fire Department.  Sam knew that the first step in achieving his career goal was completing an EMT Basic program.  Through a recommendation from several coworkers, he enrolled in the EMT Basic program at Massasoit Community College.  Nastassia Swanson, his instructor, taught students all of the essentials from the text books, but more importantly, the importance of being kind and compassionate with patients.  Sam learned that as an EMT he would work with patients on the worst day of their lives.  The program taught him how to handle the responsibility that went along with that reality.
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Since graduating from the EMT Basic program, Sam enrolled in the Paramedic certificate program at Massasoit and is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2018.  He is currently working as a part-time EMT for Brewster Ambulance, an on-call Firefighter and EMT for Lakeville and Freetown Fire Departments, and a part-time Dispatcher for Swansea Fire Department.

When asked what he would say to students considering the EMT Basic program, Sam responded: “If you have compassion to help people and want to advance your career, this program is for you”.

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