An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a certified pre-hospital health care professional who is capable of providing Basic Life Support (BLS) at the scene of an emergency and while enroute to the hospital. Emergency Medical Technician work is both physically and psychologically challenging. Emergency Medical Technicians are employed by fire, police and rescue agencies, hospitals, private ambulance companies and in a variety of business and industries with a high potential for accidental injury or illness. Therefore, all Emergency Medical Technicians must understand how to handle an emergency situation, control bleeding, apply splints, assist with childbirth, manage airway control, administer oxygen, perform cardiac care and other basic life support (BLS) skills.

Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician requires strict training. Training classes prepare students to function as practitioners in the prehospital emergency medical environment. The curriculum meets the requirements of the PA Dept. of Health, and the National Registry of EMTs. Students who complete the program successfully will be eligible to take the National Registry written and practical examinations for certification. 

Part-time (traditional, in-person sessions) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training classes meet usually two days/nights per week, with occasional weekend sessions being required. Occasional mandatory days will occur throughout the 6-month course of instruction.

Hybrid Learning Model Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training classes offer pre-recorded and scheduled online content, with occasional weekend "live" remote sessions being required. Practical skills competency days will occur throughout the 6-month course of instruction.

Attendance is extremely important. Classroom absences are strictly monitored and clinical or field absences are limited regardless of the reason. 

The Emergency Medical Technician practical skills training classes are held in locations throughout Montgomery County. The classes start quarterly. The primary course location is:

  • Freedom Valley Medical Training Institute, 309 Main Street, Harleysville PA 19438

The 224-hour course is designed to prepare the candidate to take the NREMT psychomotor and cognitive exams. It includes classroom (online and in-person), lab, and field internships at various locations in the Montgomery County, PA region.

The Full-Time (Pre-Professional accelerated) Emergency Medical Technician training class meets Monday – Thursdays at:

  • Freedom Valley Medical Training Institute, 309 Main Street, Harleysville PA 19438

​The accelerated classes last approximately 6 – 8 weeks during the summer months, with the same final goals being achieved as the part-time course. 

All of the EMT courses include classroom lectures and hands-on skills labs, along with field/clinical internship experiences.  Students who have successfully completed the didactic and clinical components of this program will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Exam. 

Please note: PA Criminal Background checks and Child Abuse Clearance Forms are required for entry into the EMT programs. 

PrerequisitesEMT Students must be 16 years old at the time of PA DOH state testing.