EMS Training Programs

The Department of EMS Education offers the following EMS courses:

Please note, Cancellation or changing enrollment in class five or less days prior to class will result in a $25 administrative fee being charged. Refunds for cancellations will be made upon return of unopened course materials.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), formerly MRT (Medical Response Technician), course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the emergency response system and in being a first responder. The EMR is usually the first trained individual who arrives at the scene of an emergency. The primary focus of an EMR is to initiate immediate lifesaving care to critical patients. As an EMR, you will posses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS response. You will also assist higher level providers on scene and during transport.

Topics covered include:

  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Cardiac problems
  • Strokes
  • Seizures
  • Trauma
  • Childbirth emergencies

The EMR initial program is for people who have never taken an EMR course before.

The EMR initial program costs $350 per person, and the textbook is an additional $50. The duration is 48 hours spread out over 6 days.

The EMR refresher program is for people who currently hold an EMR license that is set to expire or has expired within the past year.

The EMR refresher program costs $200 per person. The duration is 18 hours spread out over 3 days.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about the emergency response system and in caring for patients in the back of an ambulance en route to the hospital. As an EMT, you will posses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation to sick and injured patients. EMTs function as part of the comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. As an EMT, you can administer or assist patients with several medications, including nitroglycerin, aspirin, and epinephrine auto-injectors.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Patient assessment
  • Cardiac arrest management
  • Airway management
  • Patient immobilization
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Strokes and seizures

In addition to the traditional lecture component, there is a mandatory “ride-along” observation time on an ambulance and in the Hartford Hospital Emergency Department.

The EMT initial program is for people who have never taken an EMT course before. This program costs $1,475 per person. The duration is approximately 190 hours spread out over 2-4 months. We currently offer EMT programs at Hartford Hospital for the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

We also offer an EMT program at the UConn-Storrs campus. This program runs in the evenings, and is approved for 4 credits.

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The EMT refresher program is for anyone who holds a current license that is about to expire, or has expired in the past year. If the license expired more than a year ago, you must retake the initial program. The EMT refresher program costs $350 per person. The duration is 32 hours spread out over 2 weeks.

National Registry of EMTs Practical Examination

The Department of EMS Education usually holds an NREMT practical exam for each EMT course we run. The NREMT exam has 6 stations: BVM of an apneic patient, cardiac arrest management, medical patient assessment and management, trauma patient assessment and management, spinal immobilization, and random skills station.

The cost of the full exam is $125, and the cost per station for retests is $30.

Program instructors: Please contact us directly to enroll your entire program!


The Paramedic Program is designed for people who are currently either an EMT or an AEMT, and wish to gain more knowledge and skills. The paramedic is routinely the highest level of pre-hospital care available in an ambulance. Skills of a paramedic include (but are not limited to): intravenous (IV) therapies, intubation (ET tubes and other advanced airways), cardiac monitoring, and administration of various medications.

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Paramedic Refresher

We offer paramedic refresher in the fall and spring. The cost is $400 per person.

Pizza and CEUs

Pizza and CEUs is a FREE continuing education program that we offer for EMS providers of all levels. The program consists of dinner (pizza and soda) at 7pm, with the main program starting at 7:30pm. The topic of the program will change each month. You will receive a certificate for 2 CEUs for each program you attend toward continuing education requirements for license renewals.

This program is held in the Jefferson Building in Room 118. Pleas pre-register before the course date by email (Education.EMS@hhchealth.org), fax (860.972.2030), or mail.

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EMS-Instructor (EMS-I) courses are for EMS providers who wish to teach future EMS providers. This course will teach you the essentials of instructing others, and will prepare you to teach and run your own EMS classes.

You must hold a current license at the level at which you wish to instruct (or higher).

If you have any questions, please call 860.972.9564. The cost of the EMS Instructor program is $1,500.

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Online Classes

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