EMT - Basic

This course is designed to instruct students with no previous medical training to the level of Emergency Medical Technician.

After successful completion of the program, the student will be capable of performing the functions proscribed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Medical Technician - Basic curriculum.

This EMS certification level is the foundation level for all emergency medical responders.

The Course

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The EMS Academy began teaching the Department of Transportation (DOT) 40 hour course in 1972. Today the course consists of three parts: didactic and lab that total approximately 180 hours, and a clinical experience where students will complete patient assessments either with a field/hospital service or via standardized patient assessments..

The curriculum includes National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Emergency Medical Services Education Standards as well as additional curricula that prepares the student for National Registry EMT certification and New Mexico EMT Basic licensure,

The course also prepares future EMS field personnel to stay on the forefront of prehospital field techniques, with individual instruction in airway management, multi-lumen airways, semi-automatic defibrillation, patient packaging, emergency child birth and patient assessment skills. Special skills include a block of material on hazardous material response that results in an "Awareness" level hazardous material certification. In addition students are trained to use glucometry, pulse oximetry and to administer several drugs.

Students who successfully complete the course are awarded a certificate of completion and will be eligible to sit for the National Registry certification examination and subsequently apply for licensure as a NM EMS professional.


The EMSA's EMT-Basic classes are held at the UNM EMS Academy, UNM West, and at partner colleges and communities throughout the state.

Pre-Admission Information

Pre-Admission Information [PDF] For All EMT-B and EMT-I: