Selective Admissions

All our health career pathway programs are selective admissions with qualification and selection criteria for program entry.  Students must meet eligibility requirements and complete a program application by the posted deadline. Program admissions is on a best qualified basis and students must  be in good academic standing (overall GPA of 2.0 or higher) at Kapiʻolani CC.  Priority selection is given to Hawaiʻi state residents. Non-residents can apply and will be considered after all qualified residents have been accommodated per Board of Regents Policy 5.211.

Admissions Procedures

  1. Apply and complete steps to become a Kapi‘olani CC student if you are currently not a student of the UH system. For assistance with getting started at the College, contact kapstart@hawaii.edu.
  2. Meet the program faculty and counselors to learn more about the program. Visit the Health Careers Info Session section on this page to join an upcoming session. Connect with the Health Careers Counseling Center for advising support as needed.
  3. Complete program requirements and apply to the program. For more information download the following links:
    1. EMT Admissions and Advising (pdf)
    2. EMT Application (pdf)


Program Overview

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.

Contact Information

  • O’ahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawai’i program applicants: (808) 734-9288; (808) 734-9330 Fax: (808) 734-9126
  • Hawai’i program applicants can also contact: Hawai‘i EMS Training Center at (808) 935-8002
  • Counselors/Advisors: Health Careers Counseling Center

Degree & Certificates

Certificate of Competence – Emergency Medical Technician (15.6 credits)

The purpose of the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate of Competence program is to prepare students to provide basic life support to patients in the pre-hospital emergency care setting.

Program Information

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

“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.”

Arlene Koh, EMT

Health Careers Info Session

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.

Health Careers Counseling Center

Support for Health Career Pathways

Learn about admission requirements and criteria, program curriculum, program cost, financial aid, application for licensure/certificates, and transfer to baccalaureate programs.

Health Career Counselors/Advisors

hlthsci@hawaii.edu | (808) 734-9224, Kauila 106

STAR Balance Virtual Kiosk Hours
Mondays through Thursdays, excluding holidays
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:00pm

STAR Balance Kiosk is available for UH system students. For information about our health programs, attend a program information session. Email kapstart@hawaii.edu for assistance with getting started at Kapiʻolani CC.