The EMT training program is a vigorous program consisting of classroom instruction, laboratory skill practice, and supervised clinical experience. The course of instruction prepares the student to deliver prompt, effective, and efficient emergency care to victims of sudden injury or illness as well as routine and emergent inter-facility transfers. The curriculum emphasizes accurate patient assessment and the development of essential patient care skills, while applying the knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology, and problem-solving techniques. Graduates will be prepared to make well informed decisions regarding prehospital care and will have the background necessary to develop additional skills as changes and innovations occur within the profession. Students are required to successfully demonstrate competence in all skills contained in the EMT skills list. South Carolina State certification will be awarded, by the Department of Health and Environmental Control, to those graduates who successfully complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians computer-based written and practical examination, which is the exit/certification examination for all South Carolina initial EMT courses.