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Emergency Medical Services Department Overview

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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.

We offer programs in the following disciplines:

Upcoming Classes

See our Coursemaster online list to verify dates, times and sections.

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Please visit the specific program web pages for more details! All of our programs offer:

A Faculty Dedicated to Your Success

Our faculty members have excellent educational and professional credentials. They will help you explore theory and practice in real-world situations and also provide hands-on guidance.

Solid Career Pathways

Demand for EMTs and Paramedics continues to increase in Massachusetts and throughout the US. If you have good judgment, can handle stress, have leadership capability and emotional stability, you can become a part of these exciting careers!


Our programs and classes accommodate both full time students and working adults in day and evening options. All classes held at MassBay’s Framingham campus and clinical rotations are offered at various locations throughout MetroWest and Greater Boston.


High quality education at a fraction of the cost of other higher education options. Financial aid options are available.

Department Mission

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.

Department Goals

To educate 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). The Department is approved to offer EMS classes at all levels.

Paramedicine 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.


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.

For more information on the NREMT Examination Process visit:

NREMT EMT Certification
NREMT Paramedic Certification

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.

For more information on obtaining certification as an EMT or Paramedic in Massachusetts visit: MA OEMS Certification

Have Questions?

Please attend an upcoming EMS program information session or open house. You can access the schedule here.

Contact the Program Director, Kim Altavesta at or call 508-270-4037.

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