Pre-hospital EMS Operations

Program Overview

The Pre-hospital EMS Operations certificate program combines Emergency Medical Technician and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. This certificate prepares students 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. This certificate allows the graduate to function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The  Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians AEMT certification examination and apply for Georgia licensure as an AEMT.

The Pre-hospital EMS technical certificate of credit provides students with the opportunity to prepare for entry-level into the emergency medical services professions for possible employment in a variety of settings.  After successful completion of the Pre-hospital EMS Operations certificate program the graduate may take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMR certification examination.

Students are accepted into the Pre-hospital EMS Operations certificate program every Fall Semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 3 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 26 semester credit hours.

Offered at the Following Campus

North Campus (Sandersville)
South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$29,000 – $34,500

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $3,593.00
Books & Supplies:  see your program advisor

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 approved 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

BLS for Healthcare Provider: $7.00
EMS Testing:  $113.00
Malpractice Insurance:  $47.00

Drug Screening:  $37.00
Criminal Background Check:  $49.50
HCA Clinical Fee:  $59.50

(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.) 

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

If the number of qualified students wishing to enter a program exceeds the number of spaces available in a particular program, those qualified students will enter into a competitive selection process for acceptance.

Access links and forms for Competitive Admissions Programs.



Course Overview

  • 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: 26