Emergency Department Technician

An Emergency Department Technician (EDT) 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.

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate has a total of 52 – 61 credits and is usually completed in four (4) quarters. It prepares participants for entry-level positions in emergency departments.

See the full Certificate of Achievement curriculum.


  • Admission 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.
  • Successful completion of both Foundation and Program courses.

The following table outlines the Emergency Department Technician Certificate program as of Fall 2016:

Foundation Courses  
AHE 100Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
BIOL 108
- OR -
AHE 130
- OR -
* t BIOL 241
- AND -
* t BIOL 242
Human Biology
- - -
Human Systems
- - -
Anatomy & Physiology I
- - -
Anatomy & Physiology II
6 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.

Sub-Total Foundation:

17-18 Cr.


Emergency Department Program Courses  
AHEL 110Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEP 100Introduction to Pharmacology3 Cr.
AHEE 120Emergency Department Skills3 Cr.
AHEE 122Emergency Department Diagnostics3 Cr.
AHEE 124Emergency Department Procedures3 Cr.
AHEE 128Emergency Department Practicum (Externship)5 Cr.

Sub-Total EDT:

22 Cr.

Total EDT Certificate: 52-61 Cr.

BOLD courses are the standard department recommendation, any listed course may be selected as an alternative. Courses not listed, though of equivalent content (including transfer) may be eligible for substitution following the Bellevue College transfer and/or substitution policies.
* Both BIOL&241 and BIOL&242 must be completed to meet the anatomy and physiology standard, if this option is selected.
t Some courses have defined prerequisite or placement standards, please see the course catalog for requirements for these courses.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for Washington State MA-P (phlebotomist) certification. Please see the Phlebotomy Certification (MA-P) outline under “Current Students”, and read the description for the “non-traditional program“.

Career Opportunities

The job of emergency department technician is a mid-level position.


Last Updated March 20, 2020