EMT Basic & Advanced classes
This is an entry level course and is the first step in the EMS career ladder. As with most healthcare professions, a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check is required.
Upon successful completion of the course students are eligible to take the EMT-Basic certification exam and then work for private or fire based ambulance services or volunteer-based emergency services.
Class meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 PM – 10 PM and some Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 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
Our FALL semester class will begin on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and run until December 17, 2014
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 $1,199 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 (CSW 310). Approximate cost is $700 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:
- $40 fee to GCC for the NREMT practical exam (we hold the practical certification exam here at GCC for our students).
- A fee to be paid to the NREMT for certification.
- A fee to be paid to PEARSON VUE for the NREMT cognitive exam.
- $150 fee to the Massachusetts Office of EMS for EMT certification upon successful completion of the NREMT psycho-motor and cognitive exams.
The ADVANCED EMT (AEMT)
This course is an option for Basic EMTs who are interested in further their EMS skills to a more advanced level.
We will begin by offering the NREMT Advanced TRANSITION course for those that are currently certified in MA as an EMT-Intermediate and wish to move to the new standard. The class will be run through community education and we will offer in the fall of 2014. Please revisit this site for more information as it becomes available.