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 52 credits and is usually completed in four 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
- OR -
BIOL 108
Human Systems
- - -
Human Biology
5 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
AHE 140
- OR -
CMST 280
Professional Relations in Healthcare
- - -
Intercultural Communication

5 Cr.
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare3 Cr.
Program Courses
AHEL 110 Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEP 100 Introduction to Pharmacology3 Cr.
AHEE 120 Emergency Department Skills3 Cr.
AHEE 122 Emergency Department Diagnostics3 Cr.
AHEE 124 Emergency Department Procedures3 Cr.
AHEE 128 Emergency Department Practicum5 Cr.
BTS 161 Business Software Essentials5 Cr.


52 Cr.

Recommended Course Scheduling


Total: 17cr. or 18 cr.Total: 18 cr.Total: 12 cr.Total: 5 cr.
AHE 100 (5 cr.)AHE 140 (5 cr.)
- OR -
CMST 280 (5 cr.)
***AHEE 120 (3 cr.)****AHEE 128 (5 cr.)
AHE 110 (5 cr.)**AHEL 110 (5 cr.)***AHEE 122 (3 cr.)
AHE 120 (2 cr.)AHEP 100 (3 cr.)***AHEE 124 (3 cr.)
AHE 130 (5 cr.)
- OR -
BIOL 108 (6 cr.)
BTS 161 (5 cr.)*HLTH 145 (3 cr.)
*HLTH 145 - This course is not currently offered during Summer quarter.
**AHEL 110 - Students must have all required immunizations completed and uploaded to their Certified Profile to receive an entry code for this course.
***AHEE 120, 122, 124 - These courses are linked and must be taken in the same quarter. These courses are only offered in Fall and Spring quarters.
****AHEE 128 - Students must complete all Clinical On-boarding paperwork to receive an entry code for this course. No more than one quarter between completion of AHEE 120 and enrollment in AHEE 128. This course is only offered during Winter and Summer quarters.