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 50 credits and is usually completed in five quarters. It prepares participants for mid-level positions in emergency rooms.

See the full Certificate of Achievement 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


Foundation Courses
AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110 Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
AHE 130 Human Systems5 Cr.
AHE 140 Professional Relations in Healthcare5 Cr.
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare3 Cr.
Program Courses
AHEL 110 Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEP 100 Introduction to Pharmacology3 Cr.
AHEE 126 Emergency Department Technician7 Cr.
AHEE 128 Emergency Department Practicum5 Cr.
BTS 104 Keyboard Review & Speed Building1 Cr.
BTS 161 Business Software Essentials5 Cr.


50 Cr.

Recommended Course Scheduling


Total: 18 CreditsTotal: 16 CreditsTotal: 12 CreditsTotal: 5 Credits
AHE 100 (5 credits)AHEL 110 (5 credits)*AHEE 126 (7 credits)AHEE 128 (5 credits)
AHE 110 (5 credits)AHEP 100 (3 credits)AHE 140 (5 credits)
AHE 120 (2 credits)BTS 161 (5 credits)
AHE 130 (5 credits)HLTH 145 (3 credits)
BTS 104 (1 credit)
*AHEL 110 - Students must have the first 2 of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations.