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Emergency Medical Services Program Overview

 EMS Program

MassBay's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education programs are designed for students who desire a career in providing pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. The programs provide the student with the theoretical and practical preparation to qualify the successful graduate at two levels of service:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - The entry level of training for the emergency medical service system. An EMT is trained to care for patients at the scene of an accident, sudden illness, and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital. EMT’s are vital members of both the healthcare delivery system and public safety.

  • Paramedic - The highest level of training for the pre-hospital emergency medical service system. Paramedics receive extensive training in the use of advanced procedures, medications and specialized equipment to manage medical emergencies and traumatic injuries. Through careful patient assessment and team oriented medical care, paramedics help prevent and reduce death and disability from illness and injury.

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 - Have a current Massachusetts EMT - Basic Certification, a valid Massachusetts drivers license as well as meet other admissions requirements.     
  • EMT and Paramedic - Verification of all required immunizations.

The EMS programs are presented through a series of lecture, lab, clinical and field internship experiences. Through clinical and practical instruction as well as a field internship, you'll be prepared to function in the uncontrolled environment of emergency medicine in the pre-hospital setting. Our students work with state-of-the-art simulation mannequins and equipment including an ambulance simulator. Students benefit from instructors with extensive field experience in emergency medical services and paramedic settings—knowledge they apply to the classroom.


EMTs and paramedics are employed in a number of industries including private ambulance firms, local governments, service providers, hospitals, industrial/occupational safety, fire department EMS agencies, disaster/special rescue teams, special event/entertainment medic, and police/tactical paramedic. The demand for EMTs and paramedics will continue to increase as the population grows - particularly older age groups that are the greatest users of emergency medical services.  Automobile injuries, altered mental status, heart attacks, near drownings, out of hospital childbirth, poisonings and gunshot wounds are examples of emergency situations that demand urgent medical attention. If you have good judgment, can handle high stress,have leadership capability and emotional stability, you can become a part of this exciting career!


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 Program:

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.

To Contact OEMS:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health,
Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) 
99 Chauncy Street
11th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Telephone: (617) 753-7300
Fax: (617) 753-7320

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 Paramedicine Certificate program is currently seeking approval by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Please check back with Admissions and on our website in mid-December 2014 for an update on a spring 2015 admission.


After successfully completing each program level (EMT-Basic and/or EMT -Paramedic) the student will receive a completion certificate enabling him or her apply for Massachusetts or National Registry of EMT's testing to achieve licensure/certification.  Participants who successfully pass the certification exams may go on to practice with fire departments, private ambulance services, third service ambulance services, hospital emergency departments, and various other various clinical settings where advanced emergency care is required.