Emergency Department Technician

An Emergency Department Technician assesses and manages a wide range of emergency conditions including respiratory, genitor-urinary, and cardiac emergencies. They also assist in wound care and the application of orthopedic splinting devices. Also necessary is familiarization with specialized medical equipment and the ability to communicate effectively with other medical personnel, the patient, and the patient’s family in emergency situations.

Career Opportunities

The job of emergency department technician is a mid-level position. There is currently no State certification for this position in Washington. Graduates of this Bellevue College certificate program should have a hiring advantage over applicants with no training or formal education in this line of work. Job seekers will also need English language verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to function in emergency situations.

This position often serves as a stepping stone for further advancement in the field of healthcare. Many emergency department technicians continue their education by going into nursing or medical school. Because of upward mobility within the field, there are frequent openings for new applicants.

Emergency department technicians average $13 – $17.33 per hour, dependent on experience and the employer.

What are the typical work hours for someone in this job description?

Emergency Department Technician’s typically work a 12-hour shift that runs from 7am to 7pm, 3 am to 3 pm, 7 pm to 7am, or 3 pm to 3 am.

For currently available jobs and pay information in Washington, go to www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com.

Certificate of Accomplishment

This certificate has a total of 44 credits and is usually completed in five quarters. It prepares participants for mid-level positions in emergency rooms.

See the full Certificate of Accomplishment curriculum.


  • Acceptance to Bellevue College as a credit student
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with Internet access is highly recommended
  • Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 for advanced classes
  • Completed pre-requisites for advanced classes
  • Immunizations for externships
  • Background Check for externships
  • Externship transportation

Recommended Course Scheduling

Because of pre-requisites, the usual progression through classes is as follows:

EDT Course Scheduling

Summer / Winter
Fall / Spring
Winter / Summer
Spring / Fall
Summer / Winter
Total: 10 CreditsTotal: 10 CreditsTotal: 12 CreditsTotal: 7 CreditsTotal: 5 Credits
HPRO 105 (2 credits)HPRO 125 (5 credits)HPRO 130 (4 credits)HPRO 180 (7 credits)HPRO 181 (5 credits)
HPRO 120 (3 credits)HPRO 134 (2 credits)HPRO 141 (8 credits)
BTS 161 (5 credits)BTS 144 (3 credits)

Is there a faster, full-time progression through these classes?

For full-time students only, the following is the only “fast track” progression currently offered. No class substitutions or reordering of classes is allowed at this time.

Fall / Spring
Winter / Summer
Spring / Fall
Summer / Winter
Total: 12 CreditsTotal: 12 CreditsTotal: 15 CreditsTotal: 5 Credits
HPRO 120 (3 credits)HPRO 105 (2 credits)HPRO 141 (8 credits)HPRO 181 (5 credits)
HPRO 130 (4 credits)HPRO 125 (5 credits)HPRO 180 (7 credits)
BTS 161 (5 credits)HPRO 134 (2 credits)
BTS 144 (3 credits)

Note: At this time, HPRO 141 is the only class that may be taken concurrently with HPRO 180.

EDT Professional Certificate of Accomplishment