Emergency Medical Technician Program

Emergency Medical Technician Program

Program Description

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides basic and advanced life support to patients in the pre-hospital emergency setting. Specific EMT functions include: establishment and maintenance of airway; administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); control of hemorrhage; treatment of shock; immobilization of fractures; bandaging of wounds; assisting in childbirth; management of patients with behavioral disorders; and initiation of treatment for poisoned and burned victims. Graduates are qualified to take the National Registry Examination for certification as an EMT- Basic and EMT-Intermediate (I-85) and may apply for work with an ambulance service.

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Degree and Certificate Programs

COVID-19 Advisory (relative CR/NC Policy)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be accepting CR grades from the spring 2020 semester to fulfill prerequisite courses, however, letter grades are preferred.  Supplemental information may be required if you choose to submit a CR grade. If you have any questions, please contact Health Sciences/Emergency Medical Services counselors at 808-734-9224 or hlthsci@hawaii.edu

Potential Careers and Employers

  • Careers: Emergency Medical Technician with an ambulance service.
  • Employers: Positions for EMTs are readily available in Hawai‘i.

Program Requirements

Qualification is based on a BEST QUALIFIED, FIRST ACCEPTED rating system for

  1. Grades of completed prerequisites,
  2. Accuplacer score of 250+ in the Arithmetic or higher domain or completion of MATH 75X or higher within the last two years (placement into MATH 75x does not meet qualification criteria),
  3. Completed MICT support courses with grade of “C” or higher,
  4. Amount of relevant work or volunteer experience,
  5. And Oral Interview.
    • Opening session welcoming candidates, reviewing the program and admission processes, introducing faculty, students, and candidates, reviewing program curriculum, and question and answer session.
    • Individual interviews with program faculty
    • Closing session

Students must also submit the following:

  1. proof of current AHA BLS Card
  2. First Aid Certification
  3. Current Hawaiʻi driver’s license
  4. Official Hawaiʻi traffic abstract

Admitted students must successfully pass a criminal background and drug test. Selection is based on total qualifying scores in rank order from the highest until the admission quota is reached.

All prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline.

Students on probation, suspension or having a GPA below 2.0 at Kapiʻolani CC are not eligible to apply. Priority selection is given to Hawai‘i State residents; nonresidents will be considered after all qualified residents have been accommodated per Board of Regents Policy 5.211. A grade of “C” or higher must be maintained in all program requirements to continue in the programs. Transfer credit from accredited institutions requires Kapiʻolani CC Department and registrar approval.

Contact Information

  • Island of O‘ahu Cohort Applicants: 808.734.9288; Fax:808.734.9126
  • Maui County Cohort Applicants: Maui EMS Training Center; 808.244.4063
  • Island of Hawai‘i Cohort Applicants: Hawai‘i EMS Training Center; 808.935.8002

Health Science & EMS Information Sessions

Program Information sessions are held monthly and provide potential applicants with program details and requirements, application procedures, and career outlook. Attending an information session is recommended before you start your academic journey. Attendance of a program information session within one year of the application submission is mandatory when applying to a Health Science and EMS program.

See the Information Session Schedule below for session dates and times.

The EMT program at KCC aims to prepare students with a didactic environment, but also effectively lively couples the classroom knowledge with hands on experience. I was able to assist various levels of emergency medical personnel and immediately apply what I learned in class with their guidance in real life situations. The opportunity to quickly be involved in emergent situations vividly reinforced what I studied in books. This EMT program not only teaches students to be exceptional EMTs, but stresses the importance of professionalism, preparedness, and how to relate to the public in their state of crisis or emergency.

Arlene Koh


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