Emergency Medical Technician - ATD

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This Applied Technology Diploma program prepares students for employment as emergency medical technicians to function at the basic pre-hospital emergency medical technician level and treat various medical/trauma conditions using appropriate equipment and materials.

The content includes patient assessment, airway management, cardiac arrest, external and internal bleeding and shock, traumatic injuries, fractures, dislocations, sprains, poisoning, heart attack, stroke, the unconscious state, emergency childbirth, burns, environmental hazards, communications, reporting, and extrication and transportation of patient. The student must be proficient in patient assessment and evaluation, sphygmomanometer and stethoscope, splints of all types, extrication tools, dressings and bandages, stretchers and patient carrying devices.

This program prepares students for certification as EMT’s in accordance with Chapter 64J of the Florida Administrative Code.


Minimum requirements and steps to attend the EMT Program.

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Have a standard high school diploma or GED® – Must be from an acceptable accredited agency.
  3. Have a valid Florida driver’s license.
  4. Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.  A background check will be required.  There are additional charges that may disqualify you from being able to sit for the state certification test.  Please review the following for your informationhttp://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/emt-paramedics/licensing/index.html
  5. Be a legal United States resident.
  6. Highly recommended to be Tobacco Free for a minimum of 12 months prior to attending class.
  7. Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces in the United States.
  8. Be drug free a minimum of 3-5 years prior, depending on substance used, Certified Drug Test required.
  9. Complete an American Heart Association CPR – BLS for the Healthcare Provider Course, submit a copy of card with application.
  10. Adhere to “Specific Requirements for Immunity” (separate form); immunizations records must be attached to application.


Step 1:  Review the website www.SWFPSA.org for class dates, information about the program and the application process.

Step 2:  Eligible for application.  You are eligible for application when you have met the requirements above.  Print out the application, gather the required documents and turn in completed application.

Step 3:  If the application is complete, the prospective student may be considered for placement in the program.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Step 4:  Digital Background Check & Certified Drug Test = $95.00

Step 5:  Written exam and/or Interview.  Additional information about this process will be provided.

Step 6:  Additional information and steps will then be e-mailed to the applicant.

Step 7:  Orientation is mandatory and all fees are due at this time.


Please return application packet to the attention of Monica Busbee.

Please refrain from emailing or calling to ask about your application, as soon as it is reviewed you will be contacted by phone call or email.

Course Fee :


In State – $1,677.00

Out of State – $4,158.00

(All course fees must be paid by check, money order or credit card. Cash will not be accepted.)

Quick Info

  • Course Number : EMS 0110
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (10 Weeks) = 300 hours + 8 hours exams
  • Affordable Course Fee : $1,587.00
  • According to O'Net Online, jobs for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are expected to grow much faster than average (22% or higher) from 2012 - 2022.

Contact Info :

John Wayne
Fire & EMT Program Coordinator

Monica Busbee
Assistant to the Fire & EMT Program Coordinator

The Mission of the Southwest Florida Fire Academy is:

* To offer the highest quality vocational and technical Firefighting programs.
* To train highly competent recruits.
* To assist our graduates with employment in the fire service.
* To enable certified & employed firefighters to upgrade their job skills for career advancement through advanced and specialized training.
* To respond to the educational needs of the citizens, communities, and industries in the Academy’s service area.
* To develop into the highest quality fire school in the State of Florida through the implementation of continuous improvements.


The philosophies of the Southwest Florida Fire Academy are:

* To command excellence is to demand excellence.
* Training requires dedication, diligence, and integrity.
* A disciplined learning environment is required in order to better simulate the demeanor necessary to be effective on the job.
* The two types of failure we will never accept are failure to train and failure to learn, for these failures cost lives.
* We teach as if lives depend on us because they do.