Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is physical, hands-on job in the field and the educational programs mirror that in the classroom. Students divide their time between labs, bookwork and a clinical internship.  Students learn venipuncture, medication administration, defibrillation skills, administration of IV fluids and cardiac arrest skills. They learn how to minimize injury while performing life-saving medical attention in a pre-hospital setting.


All programs require applicants to be CPR certified before enrolling. The American Heart Association, American Red Cross and the American Safety and Health Institute can certify students. There are three levels of classroom training in an emergency medical services program: EMT-basic, EMT-advanced and paramedic. Students must complete each level before advancing to eventually become a paramedic.

Ultimately, colleges must prepare students to successfully pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Exam with both written and practical sections. The student must also be state-certified to be eligible for hire in a emergency medical services field.


These are some common classes you would enroll in while studying emergency medical service:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Medical Terminology
  • Service Rescue
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Patient Assessment
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Behavioral Emergencies


The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians accredits EMT and paramedic programs. Colleges must register their program with the group. There are nearly 2,000 accredited programs for entry-level practitioners, and the registry has an entire list of schools. Emergency medical service programs must also be approved by regional and state emergency agencies.  Attending an accredited school ensures you’re getting the best quality education and necessary courses to prepare you for a successful career.


With an education in emergency medical service you can pursue these jobs:

  • EMT
  • Paramedic
  • Registered Nurse
  • Firefighter

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