EMS Courses

Are you interested in becoming an EMT? Do you need continuing education for recredential? Are you passionate about pursuing advanced education?

At Wake Tech, we’ve got you covered. The EMS program runs a standard rotating series of classes and refresher courses for EMS professionals. Additionally, the EMS program offers multiple specialty courses taught by award-winning and well-renowned faculty. Please note that specific course hours and costs are available by clicking on the course in the reservation list at the bottom of the page.

Preregistration is required for online and specialty courses. Please see the specific course list for more information, to read the course description, or to reserve a seat.

If you have specific questions, please contact Constance Best at [email protected] 


Registration fees vary depending on the length of the course and are set by the North Carolina Community College System Office. The following rates were made effective August 15, 2013:

Course Length Registration Fee
1-24 hours $70
24-50 hours $125
>51 hours $180

**Please note that additional fees may be required based on course requirements**

WakeWorks Apprenticeship Scholarship is available for this program. Learn more


EMS professionals outside of Wake County may qualify for tuition waiver with a letter on official department letterhead indicating that the course is necessary for employment. This letter must include the student’s documentation of active membership as a volunteer or paid staff and must have a date within the current semester. A single letter can be used for multiple members from a single agency.

  • The tuition waiver is limited to municipally employed EMS professionals. EMS professionals employed by privately owned EMS agencies or non-emergency transport services do not qualify for the tuition waiver under the North Carolina Administrative Code pertaining to community colleges.
  • Failure to provide documentation of affiliation by the first day of class will result in registration fees being applied to the student.
  • The tuition waiver only applies to the course registration fee. Any other fees associated with the course are the responsibility of the student and must be paid before the class starts.

EMS professionals within Wake County meeting the specifications above have been listed on a single letter provided by Wake County EMS under the provisions granted by the EMS System Plan to qualify for fee waiver status.


How do you get started? Easy! Follow the steps below:

  1. Using our convenient Course Reservation system, add the course(s) to your cart and complete the information to reserve your spot in the course. You can also search for courses on WebAdvisor and register yourself!
  2. After the registration cut-off date, all students will be registered in the course and assigned to the appropriate course in Moodle.
  3. Once registration has been completed, students who need to pay must do so before the class begins. You can read more about paying for WCE classes here.
  4. Use these instructions to set up your Moodle account and log in.
  5. That’s it! You are ready to start working through the course!

*Registration closes five (5) days before the first day of class or when the class is full.*


Emergency Medical Technician Initial Course

This course introduces basic emergency medical care. Topics include preparatory, airway, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma, infants and children, and operations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve North Carolina State or National Registry EMT certification. To begin your registration sign up in the reservation system. You will find the list of courses at the bottom of this page. 

Typical course length: 288 hours

Refresher Courses

Refresher courses are designed for those EMS professionals who may not have the opportunity to attend monthly continuing education courses. It is encouraged that EMS professionals register for the course associated with their level of credential with an end date that occurs before the credential expires. Currently credentialed EMS professionals and those with a credential that has lapsed within the last two (2) years are eligible to register for these courses. Recredentialing is available at Wake Tech if needed by the student.

  • EMT Refresher Course (96 hours)
  • AEMT Refresher Course (120 hours)
  • Paramedic Refresher Course (144 hours)

Continuing Education Series

These online courses are designed to supplement the continuing education needed by each individual for recredentialing. These courses are taught monthly on the schedule below and are divided into EMT and Paramedic depending on credential level. An EMS credential is a prerequisite requirement to be eligible to register for these courses.

**Please note: Students without EMT credentials cannot enroll in these classes. These classes taken separately DO NOT indicate completion of an EMT course. Students wishing to pursue EMT credentials should register for EMT initial courses.**

Month Course Topics Hours
January Operations Ambulance Safety, Crew Resource Management, EMS Research 8
February Medical Special Needs, Infectious Disease, Behavioral Emergencies 8
March Airway, Respirations, Ventilations (ARV) Ventilation, Capnography, Oxygenation 8
April Medical Obstetrical and Neonatal Care 8
May Trauma Neurology, Hemorrhage Control, Fluid Resuscitation 8
June Pediatrics Pediatric Care, Pediatric CPR, Pediatric Medication Delivery 8
July Cardiology Cardiac Arrest, post-ROSC, Stroke, CHF, Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS), Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) 8
August Operations Special Populations, Culture of Safety, Pediatric Transport Considerations 8
September Pharmacology Principles and Practice, Medication Administration 8
October Medical Immunology and Endocrinology 8
November Medical Toxicology and Pain Management 8
December Trauma Trauma Triage 8

Critical Care Transport

The Critical Care Transport program is designed to prepare paramedics and nurses to function as members of a critical care transport team. On completion, students will be prepared to register for the International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC) Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C) or Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C) exams.

Typical course length:        281 hours

EMS Instructor Methodology

This course provides students who are clinically competent in a specific EMS content area with the knowledge, resources, and skills to effectively deliver quality EMS education. The course presents educational concepts, practices, and resources across a wide range of topics, from the basic psychology of learning to classroom management, ethical issues in education, and student and course evaluation. The focus is on instructional preparation, presentation, and evaluation, and represents a consensus among professional EMS educators as to the knowledge, skills, and practices that are essential to providing quality EMS education.

Typical course length: 65 hours

Preceptor Course

This online course is for EMS professionals employed by area agencies who either currently (or desire to) precept Wake Technical Community College EMS students. All preceptors must complete the required training to have Wake Tech students placed with them.

Typical course length: 2 hours

Upcoming Courses

Fire EMS CE Fire Services

Other courses may be available in the list below.
If you still have questions, please contact Constance Best at [email protected] 

Available EMS Classes