Steven Wilson
Orange County Campus, room 108D
919-536-7200, ext. 4219

Advanced EMT (Continuing Education)

Short Term

This Continuing Education course is designed to prepare the student to meet the Advanced EMT credential level in order to work effectively in the chain of the healthcare team. The course provides didactic knowledge so that the student can efficiently and effectively provide emergency medical care at the advanced life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized agency or department. Students will be trained in limited ALS skills, including IV and IO access, intubation, and advanced pharmacology. Students who complete this course will be eligible for the AEMT credential exam through the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NC OEMS) and the AEMT certification exam given by the National Registry of EMTs by successfully completing the objectives and outcomes set forth by the requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT).


There are several educational prerequisites that are necessary for admission into the EMS Education program. These prerequisites are essential for compliance with the Durham Tech EMS Education Plan approved by the North Carolina Office of EMS (NCOEMS) and NCOEMS pre/corequisite guidelines. All prerequisites must be completed and approved prior to enrolling in any EMS Initial course. Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Attend one of the mandatory information sessions. The session will provide you with an overview of all the remaining steps of the registration process including information about prerequisites and corequisites requirements.
  2. Students who wish to enroll in an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) course must be at least 16 years of age. However, to enroll in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, students must be 17 years old on or before the official end date of the EMT course.
  3. Driver's License
  4. Proof of Vaccinations: Documentation must be submitted to CastleBranch for EMT initial provider students and approved to secure a permanent seat in the course. 
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Two vaccinations or a positive antibody titer
    • Hepatitis B: Three vaccinations or a positive antibody titer
    • Tuberculosis (TB); Submit documentation of one of the following:
      • Two-step TB skin test or
      • Two consecutive annual TB skin tests (10-12 months between tests) or
      • A negative quantiFERON Gold blood test (lab report required). If the results are positive, submit a copy of your clear chest X-Ray with physician report.
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap): Submit documentation of a Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination, administered within the past 10 Years.
    • Polio: Submit documentation of your primary Polio vaccination series (at least 3 vaccinations), or a positive Polio titer listing Polio I, Polio II, and Polio III (lab report required)
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): Proof of two vaccines or a positive antibody titer
    • Influenza: Submit documentation of a flu vaccination administered during the current flu season (September - March)
    • COVID vaccine and at least 1 booster
  5. Basic Education Requirement: High School Diploma or high school equivalency AND proof of college-level English and math. 
  6. Valid EMT-B and BLS CPR certification

Course Details

The course is a semester-long program including 160 hours didactic (in-person) class and 96 hours of clinicals. 

Offered: Every Fall and Spring


Students are required to attend an information session (listed below) where they will learn more about the program and how to register. Please bring proof of prerequisites to the information session. If no information session is listed, please email for information about upcoming courses.

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Other Course Offerings

Courses starting on July 1 or later will be open for registration on July 1. Students planning to register for courses with prerequisites should contact the program director to learn how to submit them ahead of time.

EMS-4300A Advanced Emergency Medical Tech Initial

This course must follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS. The Office of EMS must approve courses that include portions delivered via distance education. The curriculum for the AEMT educational program shall be the 2009, or most current release of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National Education Standards. The AEMT program must be conducted by an approved Advanced Educational Institution as defined in the rules of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. The lead instructor for the AEMT educational program must be a NC credentialed Level II EMS Instructor at the AEMT or Paramedic level as defined in the rules of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. Student prerequisites: A) Successful completion of an EMT educational program. Though a current and valid Credential is not required, an Educational Institution maintains the right to include this as a Prerequisite. B) High school diploma or high school equivalent; C) Reading comprehension and English language skills on the post-secondary level. D) Compliance with the mathematical skills on the post-secondary level
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