Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Become an expert, leader and recognized professional while helping others in their time of need.

Start on a healthcare career path that can lead to becoming a paramedic, instructor/supervisor, nurse, physician assistant or doctor!

Partial tuition scholarships are available for eligible students. A separate application process is required. Contact program staff for more information.

LaGuardia Community College is also an authorized training center for the following National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) courses:
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP)

These courses are intended for certified/licensed emergency healthcare providers. Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) credit is awarded upon successful completion of these courses.


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Refresher Application

Register to get on the list for our future EMT Refresher course. You will be contacted after registering and given instructions pay for the course if you qualify. Are you a NYS EMT and you need to refresh your certification?  LaGuardia offers a Challenge EMT Refresher Course beginning June 14.  Take the written exam and the skills challenge and attend the dates corresponding to the areas in which you need to refresh your knowledge and/or skills.  Course meets M, W, Th morning and afternoon sessions depending upon your exam results.  June 14 Written Challenge, June 22 Skills Challenge, June 28 CPR Refresher, and July 7 Skills Challenge are mandatory attendance dates for all. Questions contact emtprogram@lagcc.cuny.edu Course Fee: $495

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic

Prepare yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to render patient care on an emergency ambulance. When you successfully complete the course, you will take your NYS Department of Health Certification Exam for EMT-Basic. This course is necessary to advance to the one year program of paramedic education. To apply, register for an Orientation and Prescreening: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic to take your pretest and interview EMAIL: emtprogram@lagcc.cuny.edu

Location: TBD



Fee: $1310

Course Code: EMTB100W24.T11.01.00

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Orientation and Prescreening: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic

Learn about LaGuardia's EMT Program and requirements for NY State Department of Health EMT Certification Explore job opportunities in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field Take the program screening exam (reading comprehension) Please check "Location" to see if session is in-person or virtual.

Location: Online

Weekday: Wednesday

Time: 06:15 PM – 09:15 PM

Fee: $0

Course Code: EMTB000W24.T11.01.00

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Location: C330

Weekday: Wednesday

Time: 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Fee: $0

Course Code: EMTB000W24.T11.02.00

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Location: Online

Weekday: Monday

Time: 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Fee: $0

Course Code: EMTB000W24.T11.03.00

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Location: Online

Weekday: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Fee: $0

Course Code: EMTB000W24.T11.04.00

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  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • 18 years of age by last day of month in which certification exam is given
  • Passing of pre-screening process


EMTs primarily perform emergency and transport ambulance work in the private, municipal and hospital ambulance sectors, earning $15 – $25/hour. This is a career path to paramedic and firefighter.

This profession has a very high rate of employment for those with a driver’s license with 6 points or less.



In order to enter LaGuardia’s EMT class, you must be at least 18 years of age during the month the class ends. You will also need to take a reading comprehension test, pass an interview, and provide evidence of a high school or equivalency diploma or higher credential.

LaGuardia’s Pre-Hospital Care Programs office has listings of both paid and volunteer opportunities for EMTs available for students upon request.

The EMT course is 208 hours over a 2-4 month period, depending on the schedule.

EMT night classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. EMT day classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The exception is the summer day class, which meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

EMT rotation sites include Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan; SeniorCare EMS at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Manhattan; SeniorCare EMS at Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn; NYU at Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn; Kingsbrook Medical Center, Brooklyn; SeniorCare EMS at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx; and many additional locations.

Currently there is a shortage of EMTs in New York City, making employment prospects excellent. The Fire Department of New York, hospitals and private companies have been actively recruiting on campus. LaGuardia graduates are sought after by many employers.

LaGuardia has the best preparation for the best price. Our EMT Program has a 97% pass rate FOR STUDENTS TAKING the NY State Department of Health exam for the past 30 years. More than 7,300 EMTs have graduated from LaGuardia.


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To apply to the EMT Basic course, you will need to register and attend an information session. Click here to create a profile and choose Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Information Session. If you pass a pre-test and interview you will be invited to register for the EMT Basic program.

You may also register here for other Emergency Medical Services courses. Please note all course prerequisites.