PECE offers an EMT Class on the UMass Amherst campus to prepare students to take the National Registry EMT Certification Exams. These training opportunities are available during both the Fall and Spring Semesters. A program during the Summer break is also routinely offered if registration numbers are adequate. The class is not affiliated with the University as an academic class and therefore you do not receive college credit for this class nor does tuition or financial aid cover the cost of this class. This course however is as demanding as many other college courses with weekly textbook readings and comprehensive exams.
This class is open to anyone who is interested in becoming an EMT-Basic and learning how to administer care at the BLS level. One does not need to be a UMass Student to take this class. It will meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00pm - 10:00pm, as well as some Sunday nights, in Draper Hall. The class consists of approximately 150 hours, split between didactic lectures and hands on learning, where practical skills will be learned and perfected. Online course work will supplement in class material. The lead instructor for the program is Kevin Garvey, RN, EMT-I, I/C with Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Educators (PECE). Current and former UMass EMS EMTs volunteer as teaching assistants throughout the class as well.
The EMT program prepares students to take the National Registry practical and written exam for EMT-Basics. The practical exam (to demonstrate psychomotor skills) and written exam are administered after the EMT class is completed. After passing both the practical and written exams, participants will be certified as an EMT-B under the National Registry. In order to work in the field as a provider, one will need to undergo the reciprocity process to acquire a state EMT- B license for the state that they wish to work in. It is up to that specific individual to obtain the state certification through the OEMS (Office of Emergency Medical Services) of the desired state. It is also up to that specific individual to obtain employment as an EMT-Basic.
EMT certification is valid for approximately two years at both the National Registry and state level after successfully passing the certification exam. In order to maintain certification, all EMTs must take continuing education classes for approved credit and a refresher course within this two year cycle in order to be eligible for recertification. More detailed information on EMT certification and re-certification in Massachusetts can be found online through the Commonwealth's Office of Emergency Medical Services.
If you would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 413-545-1885 and leave a message. You can also choose to arrange a meeting with the Initial Training Liaison, at the UMass EMS office in the Draper Hall Annex, and ask any questions personally, as well as drop off your registration and deposit checks.