Workfast Program



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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course

The EMT course provides a foundation in Emergency Medical care. The course is designed to teach emergency care and transportation of patients who access the emergency medical services system. Student will acquire the skills and apply the knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities of emergency medical operation professionals to ensure patient’s public and personal safety. Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s practical and written examinations for state and national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

  • The sate exam is included in the course.
  • Students will earn 12 college credits for this course, which may be applied toward the 17 credit Emergency Medical Services Professional Certificate Program offered at PTCC.
  • This one course encompasses the following credit courses:
    • Introduction to Emergency Medical Services
    • Emergency Medical Technician
    • Emergency Medical Technician Clinical
    • Emergency Medical Operations

Date & Time: Mondays & Thursdays, August 14 – December 7,2023  5:30-9:30 pm

Location: Continuing Education & Customized Training Building, Room 7107

Students are responsible for the following fees:

  • Textbook – $250.00
  • Fingerprinting – $9.00 (estimate)
  • Cognitive Exam – $104.00 (estimate)
  • This course introduces students to the career field of emergency medical services. Students will develop an understanding of this career field as well as learn skills in job-seeking and job-keeping. CPR certification is included in this course.
  • Credits earned: 1
  • This Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course will train the participant in the skills and knowledge necessary to respond to medical and trauma emergencies and pass the core competencies exam for certification.
  • Students will learn skills they need to be qualified to work as emergency room technicians, ambulance clinician, or in other healthcare settings.
  • The course is based on US Department of Transportation standards.
  • Clinical hours are a part of this course.
  • Medical direction for the EMT is an essential component of the curriculum to allow for the EMT to carry and assist with administration of medications to patients.
  • This course prepares students to sit for the National Registry EMT written exam required for licensure.
  • Credits earned: 6
  • This course will provide students with the opportunity to ride a minimum of 96 hours in a combination of Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances.
  • Students will learn to assist paramedics in performance of ALS skills and assessment while refining BLS assessment and skills.
  • This course, in conjunction with Advanced Life Support Clinical and Emergency Medical Operations, meets the EMT guidelines of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Minnesota State EMS Regulatory Board.
  • Credits earned: 2
  • This course will provide the opportunity to further skills and to apply the knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities of emergency medical operations professionals.
  • Students will learn skills in incident management, multiple casualty incidents, hazardous materials, emergency medical services, response to terrorism, and disaster.
  • Students will be required to ensure patient, public, and personal safety.
  • Credits earned: 3
  1. Students must apply to the college.
  2. Once you have submitted your application, please email dianna.abrahamsen*AT* and advise that your application is submitted.
  3. We will work with the Admissions team to process the application. You will be notified once you have been accepted.

Certified Nursing Assistant

Working as a nursing assistant (NA) is an excellent stand-alone career or an excellent way to launch a nursing career. This program will prepare you with the knowledge and clinical skills to work in a variety of settings including nursing homes, hospitals, adult daycare centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities. NA training requires just a few weeks of time and provides the information and skills needed to become a Nursing Assistant on the Minnesota State Registry.

**Credit is earned toward PTCC’s Nursing /Healthcare programs.**

Course Dates:

June 2 – June 24, 2023 Friday & Saturday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Clinical Dates:

June 30 – July 1, 2023 Friday & Saturday 8:00am -4:30pm


Essentia Hospital Sandstone

705 Lundorff Dr

Sandstone, MN 55072

Please contact Di Abrahamsen at dianna.abrahamsen*AT* for instructions on how to apply to the campus.

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