Emergency Medical Responder

Formerly, called First Responder, the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) is often the first medically trained person to arrive at emergencies. Treatment provided by Emergency Medical Responders can often mean the difference between life and death because it is delivered before more advanced emergency care is able to arrive. As such, they are a vital part of the emergency medical services system.

Similarly, the emergency medical responder course at Polk State is the entry-level class to the EMS program and precedes more advanced courses. The primary goal of our EMR course is to prepare students for the Emergency Medical Technician, ATD. However, there are some employment opportunities available to graduates who obtain national certification as an EMR.

Participants of this course can expect to learn about current techniques in a traditional classroom setting, with some online components. While actual hands-on skills and scenarios are practiced in a laboratory setting.



Program Specific Accreditation

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

Program Hours

The EMR course is a combination class, which includes didactic lectures, practical skills lab, and mock scenarios. Typically, there are both day and evening course offerings available. Classes only meet once a week. However, students must also attend the practical skills lab about once a week as well. Careful time management alongside out-of-class work will be required in order to successfully complete this course.

Working Sites

Locally, EMRs are mostly employed by private ambulance and medical transportation companies.

Potential Salaries

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (www.bls.gov) the range of EMR salaries is; $17,240 – $28,860

Certification Examination

Graduates are eligible for the NREMT’s EMR examination, which yields nationally recognized certification.