Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are the health care professionals who are an important part of prehospital medical care provision.  Working in the field under the auspices of a Medical Director, EMTs provide life support including but not limited to CPR, airway control and maintenance, splinting and hemorrhage control.  In Idaho, large areas of response area are provided by EMTs.  EMTs use a variety of equipment types including extrication, immobilization, and various transport items.  Prehospital emergency medicine changes rapidly and rarely repeats itself.  If you like a constantly changing medical and trauma environments performed in all areas and types of terrain and buildings, EMT training is for you. 

Training consists of classroom, laboratory and actual field experience.  At the end of the class, the student is able to apply for and take the National Registry EMT examination.  It should be noted that a current and valid EMT certification is an absolute requirement for the Advanced EMT and Paramedic classes.

An EMT career is a fast-paced profession that allows extreme satisfaction through helping others.

CWI offers two programs to prepare you to be an EMT:

EMT – Get started in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field by learning the basics of emergency medicine. You will have the opportunity for clinical hands-on training in addition to classroom training.

AEMT – Take the next step in your EMS career with the AEMT class at CWI. Add to your EMS skills and qualify to test for your national EMT certification.

Classes start multiple times each year.

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The curriculum prepares the student to provide basic life support to sick and injured patients in the prehospital setting. They function as an integral part of the Emergency Medical System (EMS). The EMT classes at CWI provide the student with a rounded and well qualified foundation to enter the world of prehospital emergency medicine. Employment opportunities include local and regional ambulance services, fire departments, and third service ambulance agencies.

Why This Program

Experience counts in the world of emergency medicine. CWI’s EMT instructors are all experienced paramedics who started as EMTs with solid foundations and continued their medical training. CWI’s EMT program offers experienced EMS instructors certified by the State of Idaho Bureau of EMS and operating under the auspices of the Medical Director. We offer considerable expertise and instruction at a reasonable price.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Patient assessment
  • Airway management
  • Hemorrhage control
  • Management of fractures
  • Care of special injuries
  • Emergency childbirth
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Transportation of sick and injured
  • Radio communications
  • Advanced level anatomy and physiology
  • Acid-base balance
  • Advanced knowledge of shock and shock management
  • IV therapy and fluid resuscitation
  • IO administration
  • Emergency medication administration
  • Tracheal intubation
  • Continuous positive airway management
  • Special patient populations

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion


Delivery Formats:

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR complete by midterm
  • Pass drug test and background check
  • Vaccinations - MMR, TB screen, Hepatitis B
  • AEMT class requires Current National Registry or State of Idaho EMT certification

Minimum Age Requirement



Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

NOTE: A background check is required for students enrolled in this course. If you have a felony or certain misdemeanors on your record, you may not be able to be assigned to a clinical site. Additionally, you may have difficulty in finding employment in this career. Any questions on what criminal or civil legal history may disqualify you from applying for an EMT/AEMT license should be directed to the Idaho EMS Bureau  1.877.554.3367.



  • Course cost - $1,450
  • Books - $162 (estimate)
  • Fees and tests - $130 (estimate)


  • Course cost - $2,500
  • Books - $162 (estimate)
  • Fees and tests - $130 (estimate)


There are an assortment of scholarship opportunities available if you qualify to help cover some or all of the costs associated with classes offered through CWI Workforce Development. Call us at 208.562.2700 for more information.

Payment Options

CWI Workforce Development offers you multiple payment options to cover the cost of your program. For more information, visit Payment Options

Career Info

You will be prepared to take the national certification exams to become an EMT.


  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • EMT
  • Fire Fighter
  • Emergency Responder
  • Paramedic


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2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

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