Next Class Starts:
September 17, 2024

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients that access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safety transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies.

Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical direction. EMT’s are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system. Students can choose to continue their education and become Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT), paramedics, or transition into another allied health career. All EMT students are taught to a national standard of care in addition to receiving training specific to the State of Ohio EMS.

CLLE 103 is the initial EMT training course offered at Shawnee State University, Center for Lifelong Learning. CLLE 103 is a non-credit, 150-hour course that is offered in the fall and spring of each year. The 150-hour course includes 10 hours of prehospital field time and 10 hours of emergency department clinical time. 10 patient contacts are required, including one pediatric patient. A list of agencies is distributed with the course orientation. 

Class Format & Schedule

Class is offered in a hybrid format, that allows students to choose to attend in-person, or complete the lecture through JB Learning Navigate. All labs are in person only. All course chapter exams are administered through JB Learning Navigate. Students will be provided with a JB Learning access during class orientation. This includes an e-text of AAOS Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured. Hard copies may be available to loan during class. Students are also enrolled in EMS Platinum for preassessment, module exams and the final comprehensive exam. 

Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00–9:00 pm, with 2-3 Saturdays throughout the course. Saturday class is 8:00 am–5:00 pm.

The EMT course requires the completion of a student health record, background check and signed Criminal History Statement. The completion of the student health record is provided by the Portsmouth City Health Department. This includes the required drug screen. If the student chooses to go to another facility, the cost is not reimbursable. A background check (Ohio and FBI) will be completed through Shawnee State University Security Department. Note: Some clinical sites and field agencies may require the COVID vaccine and/or Influenza vaccine for placement. 

Cost of Course: $1,950.00

Included in the cost of the course are the following:

  • Course/Lab Fee
  • Mandatory Background Check (fingerprint and drug screen)
  • Physical
  • Drug Screen
  • BLS Course
  • Textbook (ebook with JB Learning Navigate Access)
  • EMS Platinum Testing
  • One (1) SSU Polo Shirt for Clinical and Field Experience
  • Tablet

Students must complete two free FEMA courses online:

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Admission requirements:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age; High School Seniors who are 17 years of age can take the course, however, must be 18 and out of High School to sit for the certification test
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Current, unconditional driver's license
  • Completed Pre-Entrance Medical Record with recent TB, Tetanus, Hepatitis B Vaccines, and MMR
  • Signed criminal history statement
  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Interview with Program Director

The following documents are needed with the application:

  • Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED

To remain in good standing during the EMT program, students must complete the following:

  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in all coursework needed to meet the requirements of the course syllabus. 
  • Successfully complete EMS Platinum Testing requirements for preassessment, module exams and comprehensive exam. 

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, students are eligible to sit for the EMT National Registry Exam.  Upon successfully completing the exam, the student will receive Ohio and National Registry certification as an EMT. 

For more information, or if you have any questions, contact EMS Program Director Linda Steele at, or (740) 351-3463.