Emergency Medical Technician Intensive

If you're looking for a rapid, informative and thorough way to complete the 190-hour curriculum the State of North Carolina requires to become an Emergency Medical Technician, try this intensive EMT-Basic course. In three weeks you can learn what you need to take the National Registry exam, as well as, the North Carolina state exam and earn your EMT credentials.

Earn your credentials in three weeks with our EMT Intensive course.

Landmark Learning is the leading private teaching institution approved by the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services to teach the EMT-Basic curriculum - and the top provider to offer it in this intensive format.

Our classes meet all day every day for three consecutive weeks. During the evenings of the third week, you will attend 12 hours of clinical experience working with ambulance crews and emergency room personnel who are affiliated with our program.

Upgrading to WEMT? If you also attend the NOLS Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals immediately following the EMT Intensive, be sure to visit the NOLS WUMP Course Overview page for details and to prepare for your wilderness training.

Course Length: 
190 hours over 3 weeks
  • Minimum age 17 years old on or before the last day of your course
  • High school diploma or GED (college transcripts do not count)
  • No felony convictions and no driving violations
  • Medwest Clinical Orientation
  • Background Check
  • 10-Panel Drug Screen (TestCountry.com)
  • Childhood vaccination record (DPT/DT, Polio, MMR, Hep B)
  • TB Test within 6 months of course start date. If positive, a negative chest screen is also required.
  • Flu vaccine for January and October courses.

*International students: Students who wish to take the NC written exam must be admitted on a J-1 Visa in order to accommodate background checks. Students who are not taking the NC exam may still attend the EMT Intensive program. Alternative clinical arrangements will be made so students can successfully complete the course.

Your text will be shipped 30 days prior to the course start date ONLY if ALL prerequisites and full course payment have been met.


Certifications Received: 
  • Certificate of Completion - EMT Intensive
  • Eligibility for NREMT and NC certification exams - Exams will take place on your own time, after the course is complete.
    • NC written exams are available at different sites and dates across the state. Out-of-state students often return for the exam opportunity, as testing sites close their rosters 2 weeks prior to the exam date in order to perform additional background checks. The NC written exam must be completed within 3 months of the last day of your EMT Intensive course.
    • NREMT written exams are available in most major cities across the country, through PearsonVue. 
    • Exam details are available at your course, and post-course support is available for 1 year until you finish your testing.
  • ASHI CPR Pro

Upstream Campus:

If you are staying on the property, camping in your vehicle, tent area, or the bunkhouses:

  • Tent, tarp, or sleeping system
  • Sleeping bag, pillow
  • Personal sleeping and living gear
  • Sheet to cover mattress (twin fitted or loose sheet to tuck in)
  • Outdoor shoes (shoes are mandatory at all times!)
  • Head lamp for night travel on trails
  • Towel and shower shoes
  • Cash for laundry, groceries, etc.
  • Sunscreen


  • Notebook, pens, 2 #2 pencils (for testing)
  • Pocket notebook (for scenarios and clinicals)
  • Crazy Creek chair if you don’t want to sit at a table
  • Indoor shoes or slippers (shoes are mandatory at all times!)
  • 2-3 sets of old, beater clothing that can be completely destroyed with shears and moulage (stage blood and makeup)
  • Full rain gear - tops and bottoms. And seasonally appropriate clothing - you will be in and out regardless of the weather, and need rapid transitions for time management.

Clinical Visits:

  • Closed-toed shoes in good condition
    • NEW running shoes or Crocs for ER
    • Brown or black boots for EMS
    • NO heels, sandals, hiking boots, or old athletic shoes
  • White T-shirt to wear under clinical top
  • Clinical Top (you will receive this on the first day of class)
  • Clean navy or black dress pants or chinos, with belt, no rips or stains (no jeans, Carharrt’s, or similar)


  • See NOLS WUMP gear checklist

Free Time:

Mt. Bike, running shoes, day hike gear, climbing / bouldering gear, paddling gear, binoculars, games, cards, video tapes, etc.

190 course hours –Preparation for:

  • Scope of Practice Exam for NCOEMS and NREMT (Practical Examination for EMT) This exam is held at Landmark Learning, at the end of your course.
  • Computer-based Testing for NREMT ( 2 year certification) Test dates may be chosen 24 hours after course completion at a number of on-line sites through Pearson Vue.
  • Eligibility for Written Exam Registration for NCOEMS (NC EMT is a 4 year certification) You may sign up for your exam immediately upon successful completion of the EMT Intensive, and the first eligible test date will be 14 days after close of course.

Course costs include:

  • (Housing is additional)
  • Experienced Instructional Staff
  • Landmark Learning is an accredited EMS school recognized by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS)
  • Maximum of 24 students
  • Course textbook - Brady, “Emergency Care” 13th Edition
  • Three Ring Binder
  • ASHI CPR Pro 2-year certification
  • Clinical uniform shirt
  • Clinical malpractice insurance
  • All course equipment is provided for student use
  • Access to all course equipment after class hours for study and practice
  • Mandatory 12 hours of clinical experience on ambulances, clinics, and emergency rooms
  • Daily quizzes for material highlights and retention
  • Mid-course performance evaluation with instructor, 1:1
  • Learn additional advanced life support assist skills that increase your abilities
  • Upon completion, opportunity to participate in NOLS Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals.
  • Many of our students go on to excel in EMT-I and EMT-Paramedic programs

Course costs do not include:

  • Fees for background checks
  • Prerequisite vaccines, or blood titers to prove vaccination if records cannot be found
  • Fee for 10-Panel Drug Screening
  • Fees for providing proof of High School graduation
  • NREMT exam fees

Certification and Reciprocity:

  • States accept certifications from other states and the National Registry on an individual basis. Check with your state's office of EMS to understand your reciprocity requirements.
  • By successfully passing the exams both for the state of North Carolina and the National Registry, students have doubled their opportunity to be granted direct reciprocity in their home state.
  • Access the web to check your state’s reciprocity for the NREMT at nremt.org.


100% attendance in all lecture and practical sessions is mandatory. Being on time to class is also expected every day. Repeated tardies or absences are grounds for immediate dismissal. Tardiness or not appearing for a clinical rotation is grounds for dismissal as well.

Notebooks and Texts:

  • Emergency Care, 13th Edition, Brady
  • EMT Intensive Manual
  • You should also bring pens, pencils, and paper, and a connective internet device.


In order to evaluate your progress and eventual proficiency, appropriate tests and daily quizzes will be administered.

  • ASHI CPR Pro – 80%
  • NC EMT-B Mid-Term Exam – 80%
  • NC EMT-B Cumulative Final Exam – 80%
  • If you need accommodations for testing it is available, however we need to know prior to your arrival.

Certification exams take place after successful completion of the EMT Intensive.

  • NC OEMS EMT Certification Exam - 70% 
  • National Registry EMT Certification Exam – 70%

Clinical Experience:

You must be a good EMT in order to be a decent WEMT, so in addition to class time EMT students are required to attend a minimum of 12 hours in 3 shifts observing in a clinical EMS (ambulance) setting. All students must submit ALL prerequisites to take part in clinical opportunities.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites. On average drive time to clinicals averages about thirty minutes. We have healthy relationships with several Ambulance Services and Emergency Rooms where past students have performed in a professional manner under the guidance of Paramedics, Nurses, and Doctors. These clinical sites do not get paid or get additional benefits for allowing you the opportunity to learn there. In fact, some go above and beyond to give every opportunity to the student if he or she works well with their system and expectations.

Clinicals are a hit-or-miss opportunity; emergencies do not happen when planned, which requires EMS to be a dynamic profession. Some shifts are slow and students do no more than wash ambulances, change bed linens, and study. These are good opportunities to get in extra study time or to capitalize on your exposure to equipment and highly trained professionals who are not involved with immediate patient care. Most healthcare professionals are very open to helping students who take the initiative to ask pertinent questions, or to find out what equipment is what and how to use all of it. Other shifts are very busy with call after call or patient after patient. You may be called into assisting with CPR while Paramedics are getting medications and AEDs ready, or you may get to assess vital signs and lung sounds on sick or injured people. You may be asked to pull manual traction on fractures while doctors apply casts, or to observe in surgery. Everything you see will prepare you for the real picture of EMS and your new role in it.

Clinical opportunities will be offered during the week and on the weekends, after class in the evenings from 6-10pm. You will not be required to stay longer than your 4-hour shift, and should not stay longer unless your preceptor directly asks if you would like to. It is important to arrive on time and in the right clothing to conform to approved dress codes. When you arrive we will provide you with a uniform top that identifies you with Landmark Learning as an EMT student. Other acceptable clothing is as follows: a white t-shirt to wear under your top if weather is cool bring your jacket or raingear if you will be on an ambulance dress slacks, or nice dark pants navy or black in color, with belt (NO jeans, Carharts, shorts, or sweats) Shoes with decent traction; crocs or new cross trainers, (NO heels, hiking boots, or sandals) for ER. Hiking boots or similar for EMS. All clothing needs to be fresh, clean, and free of stains, frays, or tears. Your clinical preceptor will assess your appearance when you walk through their door and if you do not meet these minimum standards you may be asked to leave. A professional personal appearance is important when you are taking care of other people. In addition to the above dress code, personal hygiene is mandatory. All bodies must be clean and neat, freshly shaved (neat facial hair is acceptable), and free from odors and strong perfumes. Long hair must be pulled back, and body art or tattoos must be concealed. Some sites may require the removal of excess jewelry or non-traditional piercings.


Even observing, there is always the possibility of contact with body fluids. Appropriate clothing and appearance helps reduce the risk of exposure. The latest infectious disease concerns and precautions will be explained by your instructor. Host sites require you to have completed, or at least begun, a Hepatitis B series before your program. You should also have received all childhood immunizations.

Due to the increase in tuberculosis, all healthcare workers should have PPD (TB) testing on a regular basis. As a requirement for observations, EMT students must provide proof of a PPD test within six months prior to the start of their course. We ask that you have the PPD testing completed and the Hepatitis B series at least begun before your arrival and that you bring proof for each from the attending doctor or clinic.

NCOEMS EMT Intensive Course: International Students

Landmark Learning can train any student in the state of North Carolina, however international students run into issues regarding required background checks on their passports. A background check run on an international passport will “flag” it inappropriately to immigration services and the student may then have continuing issues with entering the United States in the future.

Background checks are required by many of Landmark Learning’s clinical sites, prior to the students attending clinical shifts. Background checks are required for testing for NCOEMS. A social security number or student visa number is required for testing for NREMT. In the best interest of our International Students, to prevent passport issues in the future and to uphold domestic standards, regulations, and policies/procedures of our approving bodies we are formally adopting these policies:


  • International students should enter the country with a student visa. It will allow for the background check for NCOEMS testing and NREMT testing without using their passport.
  • If an international student finds the student visa to be prohibitive to their attendance, they can still come and be trained. International students will be assigned alternate clinical duties to meet course requirements. They will not be allowed to test for NC or NREMT. They can leave at course end with a certificate of completion of the EMT Intensive course and a NOLS WFR if they complete the WUMP


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