Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Why an EMT Degree at Cochise?

Get your start in emergency services and provide a valuable service to your community by training to become an emergency medical technician. The Cochise College EMT course prepares you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic as required by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and the State of Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (ADHS-BEMS). Upon successful completion of the eight-credit course, you will have the skills to work as an ambulance attendant or to earn other occupational safety certifications.

The eight-credit Emergency Medical Technician (EMT 174) course covers basic knowledge of the signs and symptoms of illness and injury, procedures associated with the provision of emergency medical care, basic legal responsibilities, anatomy and physiology, triage, patient assessment, and basic life support systems. Students desiring NREMT/ADHS-BEMS certification must complete the state-required hours of clinical experience with an emergency medical service provider of out-of-hospital emergency care. Curriculum meets the ADHS-BEMS guidelines and is approved by the State of Arizona and the National Registry of EMTs.

Director of Emergency Medical Services
Kelly Juvera, RN

Office Assistant | Karolyn Garcia
Downtown Center | NA101
(520) 515-8744 | garciak@cochise.edu

Cochise offers a variety of programs in health care.

1 Semester

Certificate  8


  • Take the appropriate placement reading test or complete pre-requirements
  • Negative tuberculin (TB) skin test or negative chest X-ray
  • 18 years of age within six months of course completion

Employment Outlook & Class Schedule

This program prepares students to become employed as emergency medical technicians, and employment is found with emergency service providers and in hospitals. EMTs earn an average of $9 to $12 an hour, for an average annual salary of $18,000 to $25,000.

The classes are scheduled to meet the needs of the working adult.

  • Classes meet two evenings a week, with the possibility of few Saturdays for labs.
  • Classes are offered on the Benson, Douglas, Santa Cruz and Sierra Vista campuses.
  • Ambulance “ride time” will be scheduled during class.


Approximate Program Cost* $1,428.00
Tuition (8×91/credit) $728
Lab Fee $150
Liability Insurance $40
NR Practical Testing Fee $75
NR Written Exam Fee $75
Platinum Testing Fee $50
EMT FISDAP Prep Fee $100
Uniform/Name Tag **$20
CPR Fee **$30
All fees are approximate, subject to change, and for in-state students.
** Indicates out-of-pocket fees