Emergency Medical Technician 

EMT program

CATEC's Emergency Medical Technician program gives students the opportunity to learn the basics of emergency medical care. Students learn about anatomy and physiology, initial patient survey and triage, airway management, oxygen therapy, and treatment of bleeding, shock, cardiac arrest, fractures, spinal injuries, and other medical emergencies. This program requires strenuous physical activity. This course is part of CATEC’s Health and Medical Sciences Academy.

courses, credit, and certifications 

high school credit

Students receive up to 3 high school credits total each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history. 1 additional science credit is awarded due to the integration of the Biology II: Anatomy & Physiology standards of learning in the coursework.


National Registry EMT- Basic

American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment

dual enrollment credit

The Emergency Medical Technician program is dual-enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive 12 college credits for the courses listed below.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
EMS111 Emergency Medical Technician 7 PVCC
EMS Clinic Emergency Medical Technician Clinical 1 PVCC
HLT100 First Aid/CPR 2 PVCC
HLT141 Intro to Medical Terminology 2 PVCC


Piedmont Virginia Community College

  •  Emergency Medical Services- Paramedic, A.A.S. 

Reynolds Community College

  • Emergency Medical Services- Paramedic, A.A.S.

Blue Ridge Community College

  • Emergency Medical Services, A.A.S.
  • Paramedic, Certificate


  • Career Opportunity: Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic

Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

  • National Wage Average: $34,000.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $34,000.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +20%
  • Career Opportunity: Medical Assistants

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician, such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

  • National Wage Average: $33,600.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $37,700.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +35%