EMT & Phlebotomy classes start this fall

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and phlebotomists are vital to the communities they serve.

Emergency medical technician

EMTs conduct basic, noninvasive interventions to save lives, reduce harm at emergency sites and transport patients to the hospital when necessary. In many places, EMTs provide the majority of out-of-hospital care and are the most common type of providers in all of emergency medical services.

During the five-month training as an EMT, students learn the essential skills needed for patient care in life-threatening situations. As one instructor recently put it, “Many paramedics, doctors, nurses, and firefighters use their EMT education and work experience as a stepping stone to their new career. You can’t learn and be good at advanced skills without having a solid foundation.”

Classes will tentatively begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and run through January. Classes will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, with two Saturday morning classes. Class size is limited to 24 students.

Registration for EMT classes at Centralia College is now underway for fall.  Students must come to the Workforce office in the Technology Building. to turn in their packets (available on the EMS web page).


Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood from patients and taking the blood specimens to the laboratory to prepare for testing. At Centralia College, students will be taught to perform clinical laboratory testing with a focus on hands-on practice and dexterity

This 46 credit Certificate of Proficiency program will begin in September.

For more information about the Centralia College EMT or phlebotomy programs, visit centralia.edu/academics/workforce or contact McKenzie Williams at mckenzie.williams@centralia.edu or 360-736-939, ext. 427.

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