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Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

An Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) is a health professional who provides basic and advanced emergency medical care and transportation of patients. AEMTs work as part of an EMS response team under medical supervision. 

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Degree Description

An Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) is a health professional who provides basic and advanced emergency medical care and transportation of patients. AEMTs work as part of an EMS response team under medical supervision. This program combines academic learning with practical instruction, laboratory skills, and supervised clinical training to equip students for careers as AEMTs. Coursework covers patient care, anatomy and medical terminology, assessment and triage, transportation of patients, and accurate record keeping. Students also gain practical experience in patient care, problem-solving, and effective communication within health care teams within their clinical rotations.

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Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Technical College Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Provide an official copy of a High School transcript or GED scores. If you graduated from an international high school, you must submit your transcript to Educational Credential Evaluators to determine U.S. equivalence.
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading.  To waive the ACCUPLACER with SAT scores a student will need a 500 on the MATH subsection of ACT and a composite of 970 to waive Writing and Reading. To place into MATH 114 a student will need a 520 on the MATH subsection.  

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Please call Admissions at (605) 718-2565 to schedule an appointment.

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Career Description

Emergency medical personnel provide pre-hospital emergency care to the ill and injured. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) has the knowledge and skills to provide basic life support to all persons whether the problem is trauma, cardiac, or other medical condition. EMTs splint fractures, bandage wounds, and stabilize a patient for transport to a medical facility. In addition to the skills of an EMT, an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) will assess and triage patients and provide patient care using basic and advanced equipment including airway devices, IV fluids, and administration of certain medications. They can also perform cardiac monitoring, endotracheal intubation, and intramuscular injections. AEMTs work with other agencies during regional emergencies and establish relationships with patients, community members, and other medical personnel. The skills and abilities of an AEMT should include critical reasoning and problem-solving, communication, time management, customer service, and an ability to deal with stress and maintain composure. AEMTs will work in inclement weather, on evenings, weekends, and holidays, and might be required to report for duty during dangerous and severe weather such as storms and flooding.

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Licensure and Certification

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. WDTC will not initially enroll students in an academic program leading to professional licensure or certification unless the College has confirmed the program meets all educational requirements of the state where the student is located, per WDTC’s Student Location policy, or intends to work after graduation.

If WDTC has not determined whether the program curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure or certification in the state you are located in or intend to work in after graduation, please contact the Vice President for Teaching and Learning for assistance by emailing Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu or calling 605.718.2905.

As of May 22, 2024:

  1. The program curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following states: AK, AL, American Samoa, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, Guam, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, The Republic of the Marshall Islands, MD, ME, MI, The Federated States of Micronesia, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, The Republic of Palau, The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, The Virgin Islands, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
  2. The program curriculum does not meet educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following states: 
  3. WDTC has not determined whether the program curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following states: 

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After Earning Your Degree

An Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a healthcare professional whose primary focus is to respond to, assess, and triage nonurgent, urgent, and emergent requests for medical care, apply basic and focused advanced knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and/or medical transportation and facilitate access to a higher level of care when the needs of the patient exceed the capability level of the AEMT. The additional preparation beyond EMT prepares an AEMT to improve patient care in common emergency conditions for which reasonably safe, targeted, and evidence-based interventions exist. As of May 2023, the average national wage was reported as $45,605 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Technical College has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.


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Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Technical College wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDTC is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Technical College will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

Finding affordable housing during school can be a challenge for students. Western Dakota Technical College currently does not have on-campus housing, but partners with a Rapid City VRBO to offer a limited number of apartments for full-time students in the fall and spring semesters.


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Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Technical College currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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