Begin your career in EMS with the resources of the OHSU School of Medicine and experts of Oregon Tech.

We believe EMT education can be more than checking boxes required for certification. Our hands-on approach to learning the challenging field of EMS will prepare students to care for critical patients on day one of their career.

EMS Information Sessions are an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered, meet faculty, learn about the application process, and tour the Oregon Tech Portland-Metro campus.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7pm via Zoom

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 7pm via Zoom

This meeting is held virtually via Zoom. Please RSVP to Deb Disko
for connection information.


We believe strongly that EMS education should be as close to real-life as possible. Students are mentored by working paramedics to learn the dynamic environment of pre-hospital care. Our faculty prepare students for the stress of austere medicine by providing students with a firm foundation of technical knowledge, crisis management techniques, team leadership skills and therapeutic communication strategies.

The OHSU/Oregon Tech EMT program provides students opportunities to practice their craft through a nuique combination of:

  • High-fidelity simulations with EMT and Paramedic teams.
    Practice concepts of crew resource management, team leadership and followership.
  • Human cadaver invasive skills lab
    Practice all skills within the EMT scope of practice on non-embalmed specimens

Forged over 40 years of EMS education, our partnerships with progressive EMS organizations provide students the experience of responding to 911 calls. Students spend 24 hours with metropolitan advanced life support ambulance and fire response crews. During rotations students have the opportunity to interact with patients in crisis and perform EMT skills under the supervision of their preceptor.

Course Information

  • Two academic quarter terms; Fall and Winter
  • 12 total college credits
  • Blended course: Online lectures, videos, quizzes, and resources prepare students to engage with paramedic faculty in on-campus labs
    • Online lectures allow students to re-watch, search, and bookmark as needed
    • Face to face with faculty for questions and discussion
  • Course hours accommodate working professionals seeking a career change
  • Paramedic faculty and lab instructors
    • Max ratio of 5 students for every instructor
  • Course prepares students to sit for NREMT and Oregon State EMT certifications

Goal Oriented

The course equips students to accomplish two critical goals (in this order):

  1. Provide quality patient care, under stress, in austere environments
  2. Pass the NREMT certification exam with relative ease

Opportunity for Real-Life Experience

After you successfully complete the EMT course hone your skills with a paramedic preceptor on our EMT externship course that places you as a team member on a 911 ambulance for 10 shifts.

NREMT Cognitive Exam First Time Pass Rate

Oregon Average: 73%, National Average: 71%

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, 2018

Comprehensive EMS Education

We have the options and resources to expand your career from EMT coursework, a paramedic program and onto a bachelor's degree in EMS Management.

Student Positions are Limited!


Please consider joining us for your EMT education - hurry, class size is limited to retain quality!