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Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Learn about Pennsylvania Department of Health Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Certification program.

Who is this course for?

This course is for first responders at the scene of a trauma or medical emergency. Students must be at least 16 years old.

What does the course cover?

The course focuses on:

  • Understanding the EMS system
  • Providing immediate care of life threatening injuries or illnesses
  • Controlling the scene
  • Preparing for the arrival of the ambulance

We divide the program into seven sections. These include:

  1. Preparatory
  2. Airway
  3. Patient assessment
  4. Medical
  5. Trauma
  6. Special patient populations
  7. EMS operations

The EMR programs require mandatory corequisite courses listed below. The due dates for these courses are determined by your specific course syllabus and are to be completed in order to be eligible for your NREMT EMR certification exam. These courses are free and more information will be provided at the first class session.

Hazardous Materials Response - Awareness

NIMS IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System

NIMS IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

NIMS IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (Prerequisites: NIMS 100 and 700)

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

How much does the program cost?

Tuition for the EMR program is $425.00. The textbook is included in the cost.

How do I register?

Register Online (Reference the Section Number as locations cannot be displayed on this link) or call 717-780-2414 to register. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Upon successful completion of the EMR Program students are eligible for their EMR certification exams. 

These exams are administered by the Pa. Department of Health–Bureau of EMS/National Registry of EMT's (Psychomotor) and the National Registry of EMTs/Pearson-Vue test centers (Cognitive).

Please note that there is a  separate fee associated with the Cognitive exam ($75.00/attempt) that is paid to the National Registry of EMTs.

Where can I get more information?

Download the PA Department of Health Functional Position Description (pdf).

When are the classes?

Section #

Class Location





Maytown Fire Department

160 E High St

Maytown, PA 17550

County: Lancaster

Jan. 31 - Mar. 23, 2017

Registration deadline is January 17, 2017.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


2/4, 2/25, 3/11

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Newport Ambulance League

50 S 3rd St

Newport, PA 17074

County: Perry

Feb. 2 - Mar. 30, 2017

Registration deadline is January 20, 2017.



6 - 9 p.m.


2/11, 2/18, 2/25,

3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.



JC Blair Memorial Hospital

1225 Warm Springs Ave

Huntingdon, PA 16652

County: Huntingdon

Mar. 1 - May 10, 2017

Registration deadline is February 15, 2017.

Mondays & Wednesdays

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.