The Durham Tech Emergency Medical Technician-Basic class is a semester-long course that provides the skills and training to attain certification as an EMT-Basic. This class will provide instruction in lifesaving skills at the Basic Life Support level, including critical information on CPR and AED usage, respiratory emergencies, bleeding control, environmental emergencies, obstetric emergencies, mass casualty incidents, basic anatomy and physiology, basic medication administration and pharmacology, and much more through a combination of classroom instruction, laboratory exercises, field time with an EMS agency, and hospital clinical experience. The North Carolina EMT-Basic Curriculum can be found by following this link.

Durham Tech’s EMT-B course is not a Duke University class and will not provide Duke class credit; it is operated and instructed by Durham Tech staff, but teaching assistants from Duke University EMS will often be present to help facilitate in-class learning. Upon completion of the course, the student must take the North Carolina State Certification Exam, which is offered at several locations through the state at several times during the year. Once certified, the new EMT is eligible to work with Duke EMS or any other EMS provider in the State of North Carolina.

In the Spring of 2019, Durham Tech will be offering three EMT-B classes:

  1. 1/8/19-5/9/19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-10pm, Durham Tech Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278, Room 116A

  2. 1/9/19-4/24/19 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-10pm, South Orange Rescue Squad, 202 Roberson St, Carrboro, NC 27510

  3. 1/10/19-4/23/19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-10pm, Duke Street North, 3404 N. Duke St, Durham, NC, 27704

Note that each of these courses also require some 8am-5pm weekend classes in addition to the times and dates above.


The deadline for registration in any of the above EMT-B classes is January 4th, 2019. In order to be eligible to register, you must first attend one of two mandatory information sessions:

  1. 11/14/18 from 6-8pm, Durham Tech Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278, Room 201

  2. 12/12/18 from 6-8pm, Durham Tech Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278, Room 201

In order to facilitate registration for as many Duke Students as possible, Duke University EMS will be organizing proxies to attend these information sessions on behalf of Duke Students who would like to take the class. These proxies will collect all relevant information and pass it along via email.

If you are a Duke student and are interested in taking the EMT-Basic course, subscribe to our interest group here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/emt-basic-class-interest-group to receive reminders about deadlines and registration procedures. If you are not a Duke student, please check Durham Tech's website for more information.

In addition to attendance at the information session, you must also provide the following information to Durham Tech to be eligible for registration:

  • 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, Diptheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)

      • Submit documentation of a Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination, administered within the past 10 Years.

    • Polio

      • Submit documentation of a Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination, administered within the past 10 Years.

    • 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)

  • Basic Education Requirement

    High School Diploma or GED PLUS one of the following:

      • NCDAP Reading/English Score of at least 136 or

      • ACCUPLACER reading and sentence skills score of at least 129 or

      • COMPASS reading and writing scores of at least 112 or

      • ASSET reading and writing scores of at least 72 or

      • Successful completion of DRE 098 or

      • College transcript showing successful completion of a college-level English Course (ENG 111) or higher


  • Tuition: $285

  • Extra costs:

  • EMS pants: ~$40

  • EMS boots: $50-$100+

  • Stethoscope: $25+

  • Durham Tech T-shirt: ~$20

  • Class Textbook: $100

Fee waivers and financial aid may be granted under specific circumstances as indicated on the Durham Tech Website: https://www.durhamtech.edu/publicsafety/ems/faqs.htm#exempt


Duke EMS will be organizing carpools for students interested in taking the class next semester. In order to indicate your availability for the classes being provided and capacity to carpool, please fill out this form as soon as possible: https://goo.gl/forms/U235nmaq5r6InYu12.


In order to apply to Duke EMS, you must first complete an EMT-B class. Additional information on the Duke EMS Application Process can be accessed here: http://www.dukeems.org/joining-the-squad/.


All further inquiries about the Durham Tech EMT-B class should be directed to Duke EMS Director-Elect Kayla Corredera-Wells at kayla.corredera.wells@duke.edu.