Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does the EMT Program cost?

A. In-state tuition is currently $98.75 per credit hour.  Costs can change as prices for equipment, student fees, and tuition can change without notice. This should be a close estimate, and we will try to update the information as it changes.

Q. What about out-of-state tuition?

A. Out-of-state tuition is currently $359.71 per credit hour. (Tuition is subject to change.)

Q. Do I have to be a Gulf Coast State College student to attend the EMT Program?

A. Yes, you must be a Gulf Coast State College Student to attend the EMT Program. You must apply to Gulf Coast State College and take the PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) entry level placement test. Contact the testing office at (850) 769-1551 extension 3336.  

Q. How do I apply for the EMT program?

A. You must complete the online EMT application.

q. what are the minimum Education/pert scores for the EMT program?

A. Math 59 or achieve a "C" or better in MAC0018, MTB0375, MAC1105, or higher course.

A. Writing 85 or achieve a "C" or better in ENC0015, ENC0025, or higher course.

A. Reading 90 or achieve a "C" or better in REA0007, or higher course.

If you have a college degree with English, reading or math, you will not need the PERT exam.

Q. I've submitted my application, what is next?

A. Once your application for the EMT Program has been received, you will receive an email with further information regarding orientation dates and requirements. If you have any questions regarding your submitted application, you may reach out via email to Victoria Byrd at

Q. What if I have questions about course curriculum?

A. If you need more information about the EMT curriculum, you can call or schedule an interview with the EMT Instructor, Dr. Dan Finley. Please contact him at (850) 769-1551 ext. 5603 or email at

Q. Where are the EMT classes held?

A. The EMT Program classes are held at the Gulf Coast State College North Bay Campus - Abbott Building: 

637 Highway 2300                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Southport, FL 32409

Q. Will my previous background check with GCSC Fire College be accepted?

A. No.  The GCSC Fire College does not share the students' background results.  As stated in the EMT application, "Criminal background checks performed through other agencies will not be accepted."