Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The role of EMTs is to improve the quality of pre-hospital emergency care rendered to victims of accidents and sudden illness. This course develops skills in symptom recognition and in all emergency care procedures and techniques that are the responsibility of an EMT providing emergency medical care with a Fire Department or Ambulance Service.

Students learn about acute illnesses, medical emergencies, traumatic emergencies, child birth, rescue extrication, ambulance operations, splinting techniques, communication and documentation, medical legal implications, CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

Our classes go beyond the minimum to ensure that our students are well prepared to start their careers in emergency medicine. All classes are taught by a Massachusetts certified EMT Instructor/Coordinator. Our instructors are long-term EMTs and Paramedics with not only years of experience in the field, but years of experience teaching, resulting in our “pass rate” for the state practical exam being extremely high.

No prior experience or training is required of the course applicant. In order for you to be eligible for the state and National EMT certification examinations, the applicant must:

  • be able to read, understand and communicate in English;
  • be 18 years of age;
  • be free from addiction to alcohol or any drug;
  • be able to lift and carry 125 pounds; and
  • be free from any physical or mental defect or disease which might impair his/her ability to provide emergency care within the scope of the EMTs training and responsibilities, or which might jeopardize the health of another member of the class.
  • successfully complete the Basic EMT course including 100% attendance.

This course is taught using lectures, slides, demonstrations, and practice. Additional on-line resources are available to supplement. Students completing the course are eligible to take the Massachusetts State and Natioal Registry EMT Exams.

We typically offer eight OEMS approved EMT-Basic courses each year. The course is approximately 12 weeks long and includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training. We also offer the opportunity to do a shift on an ambulance to see EMTs working in the field.

We offer classes to fit your schedule! See The Institute for EMS web site for more details and to sign up.