This is an entry level course and is the first step in the EMS career ladder. As with most healthcare professions, a Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI Check Info) check is required. Failed CORI checks will not affect the course completion but you may be ineligible for state licensing.
Upon successful completion of the course and with the instructor’s recommendation, students are eligible to take the NREMT-Basic certification exam and then work for private or fire based ambulance services or volunteer-based emergency services. Please note, this is a very intensive course with a lot of reading on your own required. Many students state that they spend at least 6 or more hours a week outside of class just on the reading assignments.
Class meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 PM – 10 PM and some Saturdays from 9 AM – 5 PM. There is a 100% attendance policy and our curriculum meets the National Standard Curriculum requirements. Our EMT classes run in the Spring, Fall and Summer semesters. We only accept 30 students per semester.
There is a separate health requirement if you choose to schedule the optional hospital emergency department observation and/or the optional ambulance ride-a-long shift. The form should be submitted during the first 3 weeks of class. Download the EMS 101 health form
SPRING 2017 class will begin on Monday, January 30, 2017 and run until Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (registration will be open in November 2016)
There are 2 ways to take the class… both options are acceptable for future entry to the GCC Paramedic Program:
Option 1: As a 6 credit college class (EMS 101) if you are interested in obtaining college credits. Approximate cost is $1,400 plus books (appx $280) and certification fees *. Please contact the Office of Admission at GCC for information about how to register (413) 775-1801 or visit the website at gcc.mass.edu/admission/. If you are not already a GCC college student you will need to take the English placement test (learn more at gcc.mass.edu/testing/). If you have college level English then you will need to provide transcripts to GCC. When you take the class for college credits you may be eligible for financial aid. If so, you will have to also submit a college application http://www.gcc.mass.edu/admission/.
Option 2: As a credit free class (EMH 310). Approximate cost is $1050 plus books (appx $280) and certification fees. For information about how to register call the Community Education Office at (413) 775-1661 M-F day 9 AM-4 PM or visit their online course guide at gcc.mass.edu/creditfree/. You do not need to apply to be a student at GCC or take the English placement test, and financial aid is not available for this option. Most students who select this option already have a college degree, or are changing careers.
Requirement for state EMT certification: 18 years of age at time of exam
* Upon successful completion of the course there are additional certification fees/costs:
- $45 fee to be paid to GCC for the NREMT practical exam (we hold the psychomotor certification exam here at GCC for our students).
- A $70 fee to be paid to the NREMT for certification and your first attempt at the cognitive exam.
- Additional fee (470), if necessary, to be paid for each unsuccessful attempt at the NREMT cognitive exam.
- $150 fee to the Massachusetts Office of EMS for EMT certification upon successful completion of the NREMT psychomotor and cognitive exams ( YOU MUST be NREMT AND MA state certified in order to work/ volunteer as an EMT)
The Advanced EMT (AEMT) Transition Course ( FINAL OFFERING SEP 2016)
Upon successful completion of the Advanced Transition Course you will receive a certificate from GCC which indicates completion of the NREMT Advanced Transition requirements. You must then:
a) Once the EMT successfully completes a course, he or she must submit an application for NREMT Advanced EMT certification. The EMT must select the EMS Educational Program “TRANSITION EMT-I85 to NR Advanced EMT” when submitting the application, no matter where he or she took this program. We will utilize the GCC computer lab and assist each individual in setting up their NREMT profile.
b) The I-A transition course’s primary instructor will submit to the Department a list of EMT-Intermediates who successfully completed the course requirements. This list must include the full name of the EMT, the EMT’s state certification number, the course end date, and the course approval number.
c) The student will then take the NREMT Advanced cognitive exam, the scheduling of which is completed individually and your own responsibility. MA OEMS is covering the cost of your initial cognitive exam.
d) Once the EMT successfully obtains NREMT Advanced EMT certification, he or she must submit an application for initial Massachusetts Advanced EMT certification to the Department. This can be done using the Department’s online licensing system or by paper application. (http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/emergency-services/forms/initial-certification-instructions.pdf) There may be additional fees required for this.