Emergency Medical Technician - NQEMT

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The Irish Ambulance Training Institute is the leading provider of the Emergency Medical Technician course in Ireland. Our students have an unrivalled success rate at examinations with a combined average success rate of over 90% at first sitting.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in the Emergency Services. Once the student passes his/her NQEMT (National Qualification in Emergency Medical Technology) at EMT level they will be invited to apply to the examining body PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council) for an EMT license and to be put on the national register. Once qualified, applications can be made for work within the private sector and also to the HSE for patient transfer positions.

Method of Delivery

The course is delivered over 20 days; comprising theory based lectures, presentations, practical skills classes and demonstrations. It is a PHECC mandatory requirement that you attend all 20 days of your EMT course. Students will also undertake an additional 39 hours of Clinical Placement (observation) organised by us, in order to prepare completely for working in the field.


The course is made up of:

- 20 days of in class learning (Approx. 4 weeks in total, but generally the course is run
on a week on/week off basis)

- 39 hours clinical placement

- 2 Days of examinations (MCQ's and OSCE's) with the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council


The assessment for this course is carried out by the PHECC. There are two exams to be taken on separate days in order to receive qualification. There is a €100 examination fee that is payable directly to the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council.

Firstly candidates will sit an MCQ (Multi Choice Question) examination to test their theory knowledge, retention and ability to apply this knowledge.

Secondly candidates will be required to sit the OSCE's (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) which is a practical based exam. 

Upon successful completions candidates will be invited to apply for their practioners license and to join the national register.


The course fee is €1900 this fee includes:

- All course materials
- A pre-learning pack which will allow students prepare for the course and familiarise 
themselves with content
- Certificates
- Tutorials
- Garda Clearance (Necessary for completion of work experience)
- Organisation of work placement by the Institute on your behalf
- Insurance for work placement
- OSCE preperation and refresher days before examination date
- Access to a supplementary online learning system for exam preperation
- Unrivalled learning and tutor support from or highly experienced staff

There is an additional €100 examination fee which is payable by the student to the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council.

A deposit of €700 will secure your place on our EMT course, we also offer a payment plan to our students, contact our office for more details.

Important Notes*

Garda clearance is necessary for students to complete work experience this form will be 
issued along with your booking form and it is advised that it is returned to us as soon as
possible to avoid delay in gaining clearance. It is a PHECC mandatory requirement that you attend all 20 days of your EMT course to be put forward for placement and exams.

General Course Content

Below is an outline of the course content that will be covered. Please click on a heading to view unit specific content.

Introduction to Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

- Introduction to pre-hospital emergency care
- The wellbeing of the Emergency Medical Technician 
- PHECC Code of professional conduct and ethics and Medico-legal issues
- Legislation, Information management and the PHECC Clinical Handbook
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Principles of lifting and moving patients
- Basic patient care

Patient Assessment

- Baseline vitals and SAMPLE history
- Patient assessment

Respiratory Emergencies

- Management of airway and breathing
- Respiratory emergencies

Medical Emergencies

- Cardiac First Response: Practioner Level
- Cardiovascular emergencies
- General medical emergencies

Obstetric Emergencies

- Childbirth and neonatal resuscitation


- Bleeding, shock and soft tissue injuries
- Musculoskeletal, head and spinal injuries

Paediatric Emergencies

- Infants and Children

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Operations

- Ambulance Operations
- Gaining Access
- Hazardous material incident
- Major emergency
- Civil disorder
- Radio communications

Professional Development

- Communications

Clinical Procedures

- Pharmacology 
- Infection prevention and control
- Intramuscular injection

Our instructors are mobile and can travel to deliver a course to groups on site at any location nationwide.