Emergency Medical Technician - ATD

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Interested in a career in fire or emergency medical services?

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification is required by many employers in these fields. Our EMT course prepares recruits for EMT certification.  

The EMS Program at SWFPSA offers EMT courses to complete recruits’ career readiness.

Review this page for class dates, course information, and the application process.

Enrollment is now closed.

Applicants selected for Class 2201 who wish to be reconsidered for Class 2202 will NOT have guaranteed placement, but do not need to reapply.
When enrollment opens for any upcoming classes, it will be advertised  on this page. Please continue to check back for any updates or future class offerings.

Step 1: 

Verify that you are eligible for application:

Minimum requirements for EMT course eligibility:

  1. Be a legal United States resident.
  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Have a valid Florida driver’s license.
  4. Have a standard high school diploma or GED®  from an acceptable accredited agency.
  5. Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces in the United States.
  6. Be Tobacco Free for a minimum of 12 months prior to attending class – highly recommended.
  7. Be drug free a minimum of 3-5 years prior, depending on substance used. A certified drug test is required upon conditional acceptance to the course.
  8. Complete an American Heart Association Basic Life Support course. Proof of current certification is required with application.
  9. Adhere to “Specific Requirements for Immunity” (separate form). Immunization records are required with application.
  10. Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.  A background check is required upon conditional acceptance to the course.
  • If you have ever been convicted of, pled no contest to, regardless of adjudication, to a crime in any jurisdiction, you may be required to submit documentation as stated here.
  • The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services has created guidelines for specific offenses to be cleared in the certification office; however, staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time. Crimes that cannot be cleared by staff will be sent to the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for review. SWFPSA makes no guarantee that any specific offense will be cleared as this is beyond our control.

Step 2:

If you meet all of the requirements in Step 1, print out all EMT Application Forms & Documents, follow the directions, and turn in your completed application packet during the open enrollment period. Application packets should be made to the attention of: EMS Program Admissions.

The TABE test is mandatory/required to apply.

Information on TABE testing at Fort Myers Technical College

If the application is complete, the applicant will be considered for placement in the program.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Step 3:

Applicants will be notified of the Academy’s decision after the open enrollment period ends and all completed applications have been reviewed. Please refrain from emailing or calling to ask about your application. When the review and selection process is complete, all applicants will be notified.

Step 4: 

Conditionally accepted applicants must complete and submit a digital background check and certified drug test. The estimated cost, which is subject to change, is $99.00

Step 5:

Conditionally accepted applicants who submit acceptable digital background check and certified drug test results become recruits. Recruits will be invited to a mandatory orientation session to be fitted for uniforms and personal protective equipment.

Please note that all pricing is approximate and subject to change.

Ambulance and Rescue truck

Course Overview:

The Applied Technology Diploma EMT course at Southwest Florida Public Service Academy prepares students for certification as emergency medical technicians. The EMT treats various medical/trauma conditions using appropriate equipment and materials.

Course content includes basic life support level:

  • Medical patient assessment skills,

  • Trauma patient assessment skills,

  • Airway management skills,

  • Cardiac arrest management,

  • Bleeding control,

  • Shock management,

  • Traumatic injury management:

    • Fractures, dislocations, sprains

    • Burns

  • Toxicological emergencies recognition and management,

  • Cardiovascular emergencies recognition and management,

  • Neurological emergencies recognition and management,

  • Infection and sepsis recognition and management,

  • Diabetic emergencies recognition and management,

  • Emergency childbirth and pregnancy complications,

  • Environmental emergencies recognition and management,

  • Written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills,

  • Medical legal reporting and documentation,

  • Extrication and spinal motion restriction,

  • Safe lifting & moving,

  • Patient transportation,

  • and more.

This course prepares students for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician in accordance with Chapter 64J of the Florida Administrative Code.

EMT Course Announcements:

General Announcements:

Enrollment is now closed.

We’re sorting through each completed application now. Sit tight! We will contact you via phone and/or Email if you have been accepted to the EMS Program.

Applications will be accepted during any open enrollment period via U.S. Mail or they may dropped off at the Academy Monday-Friday from 8 AM-3 PM.  We will not process incomplete applications, so please ensure that you have provided everything on the checklist when the application is submitted.

Update! We will be offering both standard (3 days/week) and accelerated (5 days/week) courses during 2022. The accelerated class is fast paced, academically challenging, and is not recommended for those with other obligations.

Applicants who complete all requirements during any open enrollment period may be offered a seat in either course according to seat availability and points received. Reapplication will not be required for Class 2202.

2022 EMT Class Dates:

Class 2201 is Accelerated (M-F):

January 18-March 16

Class 2202 is Standard (M,W,F):

March 28-June 13

More 2022 classes to be announced at a later time.

Important! If you will be applying for multiple programs at SWFPSA (ex: EMS and FIRE), please retain copies of your diploma, degrees, residency declaration, and TABE test scores as this will require reapplication.

Course Fee :


In State – $2,216.70

Out of State – $4,853.70

(All course fees must be paid by Cashier’s Check, debit, or credit card. Cash and checks will not be accepted.)

Note: Fees are subject to change without notice.

Quick Info

  • Course Number : EMS 0110
  • Standard: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm + Field and Clinical Internships = 300 hours
  • Accelerated: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00 pm + Field and Clinical Internship = 300 hours
  • Affordable Course Fee
  • According to O'Net Online, jobs for Emergency Medical Technicians in Florida are projected to grow 11% from 2018 - 2028.

Contact Info :

Nicholas Favazzo
EMS Program Coordinator

Monica Busbee
EMS & Fire Programs Bursar

The Mission of the Southwest Florida Fire Academy is:

* To offer the highest quality vocational and technical Firefighting & EMS programs.
* To train highly competent recruits.
* To assist our graduates with employment in the fire and emergency medical services.
* To enable certified & employed firefighters and EMTs 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 & EMS schools 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.