Class Info

Registration for the Spring 2015 class is now CLOSED.

The class is now full.

Thank you for your interest!

See below or contact Nicole Leaper for more information.

UMass Amherst EMS offers an EMT Class to prepare students to take the Massachusetts EMT Certification Exam. 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 met. This course is like any other college course as it has readings and exams and is fairly demanding. Our 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 class is open to anyone who is interested in becoming an EMT and learning how to save a life. 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 days, in Draper Hall. The class consists of approximately 130 hours, split between didactic lectures and hands on learning, where practical skills will be learned and perfected. Lead instructor for the program is Kevin Garvey, RN, EMT-I, I/C with Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Educators (PECE). Current and a few former UMass EMS EMTs volunteer as teaching assistants throughout the class as well.

Our EMT program prepares students to take the Massachusetts state certification exam for EMT-Basics. The exam consists of a practical exam and a 100 question written exam administered after the UMass class is completed. Once one has passed the state exam, he or she can go on and work as an Emergency Medical Technician in Massachusetts; for example with UMass EMS or another response agency or service.

EMT certification is current for approximately two years from successfully passing the certification exam, during which time all EMTs must take continuing education classes for approved credit and a refresher course toward recertification. Students will receive information about recertifying requirements when they take the UMass class along with the availability of Continuing Education classes and refresher courses. More detailed information on EMT certification and re-certification in Massachusetts can be found online through the Commonwealth's Office of Emergency Medical Services.

The total cost of the EMT Class is $900. Two non-refundable deposit checks are required to secure a space in the class, one made out to UMASS EMS for $100 and the other to PECE for $300.

Deposits and registration forms can be sent together to our address at UMass EMS, c/o Environmental Health and Safety, Draper Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.

The remaining $500 will be due once the class begins. This fee will cover the cost of the textbook, and all materials used in class. This fee does not cover the cost of the MA State EMT Certification Exam (Currently, $155 if you are eligible to take the test). It also does not cover CPR certification if you need it.

If you would like more information, please contact us at or call us at 413-545-1885 and leave a message. You can also choose to arrange a meeting with the Director of Training at the UMass EMS office in the Draper Hall Annex and ask any questions personally as well as drop off your registration and deposits.