EMS Professions

Program Overview

Students who complete the EMS Professions diploma will be able to fluidly move into the paramedicine program at the diploma level.  Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians AEMT certification examination and to apply for Georgia licensure as an AEMT.  The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system.  This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight.  Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance.  The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.  Criminal background checks and drug screens may be required based on the requirements for participation in clinical experiences.

Students are accepted into the EMS Professions diploma program every semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 4 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 45 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the EMS Professions diploma program must have good work ethics, be people oriented and possess great organizational skills.  Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$19,760- $35,000

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $5,824.00
Books & Supplies: $2,550.00

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Additional Fees

EMS Testing Fee:  $113.00
Malpractice Insurance:  $47.00
Drug Screen:  $37.00
Criminal Background Check:  $49.50
BLS for Healthcare Provider:  $7.00
HCA Clinical Fee:  $59.50
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the EMS Professions diploma program are prepared for responsible employment positions in various locations (i.e., EMS, hospitals, and clinics).

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.

Competitive Admission Requirements

Students must complete an application to compete for their name to be placed on the list of potential program students.  Students without an application on file will NOT be considered for program courses.  Applications signify that the student has completed the designated courses and understand the deadlines for official college transcripts.

Access links and forms for Competitive Admissions Programs.



Course Overview

  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PSYC1010Basic Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ALHS1011Structure and Function of the Human Body5 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ALHS1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • EMSP1110Introduction to the EMT Profession3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • EMSP1120EMT Assessment/Airway Management and Pharmacology3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • EMSP1130Medical Emergencies for the EMT3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • EMSP1140Special Patient Populations3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • EMSP1150Shock and Trauma for the EMT3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • EMSP1160Clinical and Practical Applications for the EMT1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • EMSP1510Advanced Concepts for the AEMT3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • EMSP1520Advanced Patient Care for the AEMT3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • EMSP1530Clinical Applications for the AEMT1 credit hours30 contact hours
  • EMSP1540Clinical and Practical Applications for the AEMT3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 45