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Emergency Medical Services Program Overview


MassBay’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education programs are designed to prepare students for a career in providing prehospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients in a variety of settings. The EMS Department offers education and preparation for the successful graduate to seek certification at the level of EMT and Paramedic.

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) — EMTs provide prompt basic emergency care to the critically ill and injured, and safe, expeditious transportation to medical facilities for emergent and non-emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. EMTs are the link from the scene to the emergency health care system and function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. An EMT possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to provide competent and compassionate patient care and transportation.

  • Paramedic — Paramedics provide the most advanced level of prehospital emergency patient care for critically ill and injured patients who access the emergency medical system. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. A Paramedic possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide compassionate, comprehensive advanced patient care and transportation.

The MassBay EMS Programs are presented through a variety of experiences including lecture, laboratory, simulation, and clinical and field rotations. The experienced faculty is dedicated to developing our students’ clinical decision-making skills. Our students work with state-of-the-art, high-fidelity patient simulators and a realistic ambulance simulator to add elements of realism to skills development that other programs cannot provide. You will be prepared to manage the dynamic and often chaotic prehospital emergency environment while gaining important industry connections to help you gain employment once you graduate. Here at MassBay, we educate future professionals who we are proud to work beside.

Both of these programs are accepting applications. Please contact Kim Altavesta, Program Director, or Renee Cassidy, Admissions, for details. To enter one of these programs, a student must satisfy the following prerequisites:

  • EMT - Be 18 years of age and have evidence of a high school GED diploma.
  • Paramedic - Hold current NREMT and/or Massachusetts EMT Certification, a valid drivers license as well as meet other admissions requirements.      
  • EMT and Paramedic - Verification of all required immunizations.


Being an EMT or Paramedic is a dynamic, challenging, and demanding calling. To be a successful EMS professional, you need passion, dedication, and the ability to care for patients with compassion. While these careers are not for everyone, for those that answer the call it can be a life-long passion. Excellent communication and computer skills, the ability to multi-task, and the ability to function effectively as a member of a healthcare team are important characteristics for the EMT and Paramedic.

EMTs and Paramedics primarily work on ambulances providing emergent and non-emergent patient care at private, municipal, or fire service based EMS agencies. They may also work in Emergency Departments, in industrial settings, as well as in education, sports teams, volunteer groups, and other specialized settings. There are additional opportunities for experienced Paramedics in Critical Care Transportation (Ground/Flight) and the developing field of Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Healthcare.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, or acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. Demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue.


The mission of MassBay's EMS educational programs is to train and educate emergency medical professionals to excel in meeting the needs of the community they serve.


To educate and train Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to provide competent and compassionate healthcare to culturally diverse populations in our local community.


EMT and Paramedicine Programs:

The MassBay EMS Department is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) as an accredited Training Institution (ATI) through 2017. The Department is approved to offer EMS classes at all levels.

Course Approval Process: 

The Program Director will obtain all necessary OEMS approvals prior to the start of an incoming EMT or Paramedicine class. These approvals will be initiated no less than one month prior to the start of the semester. The Dean of Health Sciences will verify that all necessary documents are in place prior to the start of the course and no class will begin without the necessary approvals. All OEMS approval numbers will be provided to students at the beginning of the course.

Paramedic Program:

The MassBay Paramedic program holds a Letter of Review, which is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, but is a status granted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

Graduates of the Paramedicine Program are eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) Paramedic certification exams and apply for state certification upon completion.


After successfully completing each program level (EMT or Paramedic), the student will receive a completion certificate enabling him or her apply for National Registry of EMT's certification exams at the appropriate level. These exams consist of a psychomotor exam administered by MA OEMS (EMT) or NREMT (Paramedic) and a cognitive exam, which is taken at a Pearson Vue test center.

Graduates who successfully pass the NREMT certification exams may seek certification or licensure in Massachusetts and many other states. They may go on to practice with fire departments, private ambulance services, third service ambulance services, hospital emergency departments, and many other settings where pre-hospital emergency care is required.