Applied Health Science


Emergency Medical Technician Program

When there is an accident or medical emergency, an emergency medical technician (EMT) is capable of recognizing and stabilizing the sick or injured with life threatening crises. An EMT usually acts as one of first elements of the emergency medical system. An EMT can provide pre-hospital care either at the scene or in transportation. An EMT should also have good people skills: being understanding, patient, compassionate and able to handle stress well.


Dr. Applegate behind a CPR mannequinThis program prepares students to care for victims of accidents or medical emergencies in pre-hospital environments. The courses emphasize emergency medical techniques, such as airway management, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies, IV maintenance, O2 therapy, airway adjuncts, and pateint assesment skills.

If students completing this program wish to become certified as an EMT, they are required to pass the Indiana state written and practical exams. When you take the written exam a copy of the Emergency Response Guidebook (Haz-Mat) will be given to you as a reference during the test Emergency Response Guidebook. If you do not take the state practical exam at IU at the end of the semester, check the IDHS web page ( You can find testing dates and sites under the IDHS training calendar.

There is also a national certification available from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). This National Certification is required if you plan to practice outside of the State of Indiana. Students wanting information about NREMT should go to the website


Students will receive a letter grade for the lecture portion of the EMT course, H401, and receive a letter grade for the lab portion of the EMT course, H404. Both H401 and H404 must be taken and passed with a “C” or better to certify as an EMT.

Certification Process

If a student chooses to certify as an EMT at the end of the program, he/she must have a minimum of 128.5 hours set by the state of Indiana Homeland Security Division. The EMT course is one semester at a total of 80 hours not counting clinical observations at emergency departments and ambulance providers. Add one of the following pre-req’s of at least 50 hours for a total of 130 hours and a student will be in compliance with the state and be able to certify if he or she has all the course requirements completed by the last day of the EMT course.

If a student chooses not to certify (e.g. he/she simply wants to complete the EMT course and get Indiana University letter grades), then he/she would not have to do the Program Requirements (see below).

EMT Program Pre-Requirements

Every student must have completed one of the following three before being accepted into the EMT program, no exceptions:

  • Dr. Applegate’s H160 course, or
  • Wilderness First Aid Training, or
  • be certified as a First Responder through the state of Indiana.
Program Requirements

CPR is a requirement to enter the H401 class and Healthcare Provider CPR (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (Red Cross) is required by the State before completing the program. Dr. Applegate’s H160 course provides American Red Cross “CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer” certification, needed for the EMT program.

This EMT training program requires 7 credits: 6 credits in courses and 1 credit in laboratory. It can be a stand-alone training or an addition to a bachelor's degree. Also students are required to take and pass 5 online assignments: NIMS IS-100B, IS-700A,  IS-200A, IS-800B, and POST.  All online assignments can be completed within 3-6 hours. The assignments must be completed and certificate given to Course Coordinator Mr. Tinsley by the end of the EMT course.

Required Courses to Certify:
  • SPH-H 404 Emergency Medical Technician - Laboratory (1 cr.)
    Skills are taught and practiced in this section of the course. H404 must be taken concurrently with H401 and is offered on Thursdays (6-8:30pm) and Fridays with four sessions:
    1. 8:00 am - 10:00 am, or
    2. 10:00 am - 12:00pm, or
    3. 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, or
    4. 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Students enrolled in Monday or Wednesday lectures must sign up for a Friday Lab and students enrolled in Tuesday lecture must sign up for Thursday lab. Other arrangements require special permision from Mr. Tinsley.
  • SPH-H 401 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Ambulance I (3 cr.)
    This class prepares the students to care for patients in a variety of emergency settings. In order to take the Indiana State EMT Certification exam, students must complete this course (both lecture and lab courses), and be at least 17 years of age. Lectures are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

To become a certified EMT, students must pass the course with a "C" or better, participate in two (2) eight-hour clinical sessions (emergency room and ambulance), and pass the required state exams.
EMT Attire
Students are required to have immunizations to complete their clinicals at IU Health Bloomington (Required Immunization.pdf). During clinicals students must wear a white collared top (no T-shirts), dark pants (no jeans or legging) and a name badge (see the picture). For scheduling at IU Bloomington or other clinical sites, please contact a clinical coordinator of the course.

More information about certification to be an EMT can be found at Indiana's Department of Homeland Security, under Emergency Medical Services. To certify, students must apply for a PSID and turn it in within the first month of class. Those students that already have a PSID need only turn in the number. A PSID is a Public Safety Identification number, and is required by state (PSID.pdf).

Teaching Assistant Positions

TA's can receive up to 2 credit hours. He/she can sign up (H403) to be a teaching/lab assistant. Permission must be given by Course Coordinator Mr. Tinsley prior to signing up. Contact Mr. Tinsley for more information and to sign up.

Professor Tinsley demonstrating rescue techiquesJob Outlook

This program would aid anyone who will deal with health and safety issues in schools or colleges, business, government, the non-profit sector or industry. Students with the following majors may particularly want to consider this training: Athletic Trainers, Business, Continuing Studies, Criminal Justice, Environmental Management, Firefighters, Health Education, Medical School applicants, Nursing, Occupational Safety, Outdoor Recreation, Paramedics, Physician's Assistants, Police officers, Public Health, or Rec Sports. Also most hospital emergency departments have E.D. Tech’s that work as an EMT in-house. Mr. Tinsley states that there are numerous past EMT students from Indiana University that are currently working for hospitals, and Ambulance services in and out of the local area.

Mr. Tinsley is the IC-EMS faculty advisor. IC-EMS is the Indiana Collegiate EMS, a non-transport EMS service on campus that you can join after certification.

Course Materials

Need: Student Lab/Lectures Manual and Brady Textbook. Workbook is optional.

These items are available through the IU bookstores and TIS, prior to the start of class.

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