The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. [From the: National EMS Scope of Practice Model]

Becoming an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) 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) Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) 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 Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) 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 Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) 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 NRAEMT 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) Advanced 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 AEMT 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 AEMT programs. 

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