Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate


COTC offers initial EMT courses in conjunction with our affiliated partners at CTEC of Licking County, Knox County Career Center, and the Ohio Fire Academy. EMS 120 is a 7-credit hour/one-semester course. Students completing the course will be eligible to apply to take The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician exam.

COTC partners with other organizations to provide more offerings 
COTC Coshocton Campus​ Review the Coshocton Campus​ Requirements for the EMT basic course in Coshocton. 
C-TEC (Newark) Review the C-TEC Requirements for the EMT basic course at C-TEC.
Knox Technical Center (Mount Vernon) Review the Knox Technical Center Requirements for the EMT basic course at the Knox Technical Center.
Ohio Fire Academy (Reynoldsburg) Review the Ohio Fire Academy Requirements for the EMT basic course at the Ohio Fire Academy.

Students interested in the EMT Certificate program must register and attend an information meeting


Frequently Asked Questions

If I want to study emergency medical services, do I need to register for and attend an information meeting? 

Yes, all students interested in studying emergency medical services must register and attend an online information meeting.

Why do I need to register for and attend an information meeting?

The emergency medical services program has requirements that must be completed to enroll. Information meetings are held to go over the requirements and checklists in detail. 

Examples of requirements include a health physical and uniform ordering

How quickly can I become an emergency medical services professional?

Students can complete the EMT Basic course to earn a certificate and will be eligible to apply and take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam to become a certified EMT. 

Students who complete the certificate have also earned credits that can be applied toward the emergency medical services technology associate degree. The emergency medical services technology associate degree can be completed in two years for students who attend full-time.

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

The EMT Basic course is held face-to-face and includes hands-on learning. 

Students pursuing the emergency medical services associate degree can take classes face-to-face and online. 

How do I decide which location to take the EMT basic course?

Each location offers the EMT basic course at a different time, so students can choose a location that offers a time that works best with their schedule.

Students may also choose a location that’s convenient geographically. 

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started. 


Students can receive tuition assistance through state grant funding

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate is eligible for a short-term certificate grant available to students with demonstrated financial need as well as students who are currently in or exiting foster care. 

Each student may receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees (the grant does not include or cover the cost of books and supplies).