EMT Basic & Intermediate classes
This is an entry level course and is the first step in the EMS career ladder. Upon successful completion of the course students are eligible to take the state 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. The Summer semester class will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 and run until Monday, August 26, 2013 (class will meet most Saturdays)
Our fall semester class will begin on September 4, 2013 and run until December 18, 2013
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 http://web.gcc.mass.edu/admission/. If you are not already a GCC college student you will need to take the English placement test http://web.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 http://www.gcc.mass.edu/financial_aid/faqs.html and if so you will have to also submit a college application http://web.gcc.mass.edu/admission/.
Option 2: As a credit free class (CSW 310). Approximate cost $645 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 online at http://web.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:
$150 fee to the Massachusetts Office of EMS to take the state certifying EMT practical exam.
$40 fee to GCC for the state exam (we hold the practical certification exam here at GCC for our students).
Once you pass the state practical then there is a computerized cognitive exam with an additional fee of $55. PSI. Inc. is the organization that offers the exam and they have locations in different areas of Massachusetts (locally in West Springfield).
The EMT-Intermediate (AEMT)
This course is an option for Basic EMTs who are interested in further their EMS skills to a more advanced level. Currently we are not offering this course as the curricula has changed at the national level and Massachusetts has not yet decided their direction.