EMT students in lab

Next Class Starts:
March 12, 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 are part of a comprehensive EMS response system under medical direction.

EMTs 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 and receive training specific to the State of Ohio EMS.


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

Course length

CLLE 103 is the initial EMT training course at Shawnee State University, Center for Lifelong Learning. CLLE 103 is a non-credit, 150-hour course 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. 

Meeting times

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 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.

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:

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 choses 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. 


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 successfully completing the written and practical exams, the student then applies to the Division of EMS for certification.


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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Course Requirements:

  1. Must be age 17 or older. If age 17, parental permission is required. Must be 18 and out of High School to sit for certification test.
  2. Must possess driver’s license
  3. High School diploma or equivalent
  4. Completion of a pre-entrance physical exam (PDF) with recent TB, Tetanus, Hepatitise B Vaccines and MMR (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).)
  9. Interview with the Program Director


Tuition is $1950.00. 

Tuition may be paid online by EFT or credit card: Pay Tuition.


Payment options:

  • One-time payment in full of $1950.00 is due by the start of class.
  • Two separate payments:
    • The first payment of $975 is due by the start of class.
    • The second payment of $975 is due at the midpoint of the class.
  • Three separate payments:
    • The first payment of $650 is due by the start of class.
    • The second payment of $650 is due at the midpoint of the class.
    • The third payment of $650 is due 30 days before the end of the class.

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

These letters should be emailed to or mailed to Linda Steele, Shawnee State University, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662.

They may also be delivered in person to the Kricker Innovation Hub, 221 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662.

If your tuition is not paid in full, 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 1 75% of Tuition
Week 2-4 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.

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 of experience (25 documented emergency runs) providing EMT-level care in the pre-hospital setting before beginning the Paramedic Program(s). Students are instructed to contact Linda Steele, EMS Program Director, at (740) 351–3463 or regarding further EMT or Paramedic Education information.

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