EMT students in lab

Next Class Starts:
October 11, 2022

The Ohio Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course provides the framework upon which all other emergency care skills and knowledge are based.

Principles of emergency care, medical and traumatic emergencies, administering CPR, obtaining and recording vital signs, patient handling techniques, ambulance operation, light rescue techniques, and other emergency care procedures are included.


This course is fully accredited through the State of Ohio, Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services; Accreditation No.325

Course length

The EMT Course is one hundred fifty (150) hours and consists of classroom, lab, vehicle and hospital clinical time conducted through the Emergency Department at the local hospital. The EMT Course lasts approximately seventeen (17) weeks.

Meeting times

This class usually meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and every other Friday from 6–8:50 pm. There will also be three to four scheduled Saturday sessions averaging six hours each from 8 am. until 2 or 3 pm. These will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Cost: $700 plus books

Books Required:

Books are available in the Shawnee State University bookstore (Barnes & Noble) and currently cost approximately $145.

  • Emergency Care by Brady 13th edition
  • Basic Life Support by American Heart Association


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to sit for the EMT National Registry exam. The EMT National Registry Exam is offered as a computer-based exam. This test is the State of Ohio’s certification exam. Included in the exam are written and practical portions. All practical portions must be passed. After successful completion of the written and practical exams, the student then applies to the Division of EMS for certification.

National Registry Exam Fee: $80 per attempt as of January 1, 2017.


Classes will meet on the main campus of Shawnee State University. Please see the program coordinator for specific building and classroom.

Apply for Enrollment

The course is limited to 20 students. All students will be given a reading comprehension test the first night of class.

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You may turn in additional required documentation to Bill Turner in the Health Sciences building or mail it to his attention at:

Mailing Address:

Shawnee State University
Emergency Medical Technology
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 

Course Requirements:

  1. Must be age 17 or older. If age 17, parental permission is required.
  2. Must possess driver’s license
  3. High School diploma or equivalent
  4. Completion of a pre-entrance physical exam (PDF) (prior to beginning of course)
  5. Completion of a five-panel non-DOT drug screen.
  6. Full tuition or payment plan arranged or letter of intent from a sponsoring organization. See Tuition section at bottom of page for more details.
  7. Completion of an Ohio State & Federal background check. (You may obtain from the SSU Department of Public Safety. Find out more.)
  8. A Criminal History Statement attesting to the fact that the student has not been charged with, pled guilty to or been convicted of the listed crimes. (See page 3 of this document (PDF).)

Employment Opportunities

Jobs for EMTs may be found at your local emergency squads, ambulance services, or hospital emergency departments. Shifts, working hours, and wages vary depending on the employer. Please check with your potential employer for more information.

Paramedic Education

Students wishing to pursue Paramedic certification must first attain Ohio certification as an EMT. Students must have no less than six (6) months experience (25 documented emergency runs) providing EMT-level care in the pre-hospital setting prior to beginning the Paramedic Program (s). Students are instructed to contact Bill Turner at 740-351-3463 regarding further information on EMT or Paramedic Education.


Tuition is $700.

Tuition may be paid online by EFT or credit card at

Payment options:

  • One-time payment in full of $700 is due by the end of Week 2.
  • Two separate payments:
    • First payment of $350 due by the end of Week 2.
    • Second payment of $350 due 30 days before the class ends.
  • Three separate payments:
    • First payment of $231 due by the end of Week 2.
    • Second payment of $231 due by midterm.
    • Third payment of $238 due 30 days before the class ends.

You must provide a letter of intent to pay from your employer, city or township, in order to register for the class. Letters must include a contact, mailing address, email, and phone number.

These letters should either be emailed to, or mailed to Career Services, Shawnee State University, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662.

They may also be delivered in person to the SSU Career Services office in Massie Hall, Room 124.

If your tuition is not paid in full by Week 8, you will be dismissed from the class and will not be cleared for any certification testing, whether practical or written. However, dismissal under these circumstances will not relieve you of the obligation to pay your outstanding balance in full.

Refund Policy
Date Refund of Tuition Fees
Through end of Week 2 100% of Tuition
Week 3-4 50% of Tuition
Week 5-6 25% of Tuition
Beginning Week 7 0% (No Refund)

Please print and sign your payment plan agreement (PDF), and provide it to your instructor at your first class in Week 1.

If you have questions, contact: