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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

How much does the program cost?

Tuition for the EMR program is $425.00.

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 ($65.00/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




Freeburg Washington Community Center

11 E Church St

Freeburg, PA 17827

Jan. 5 - Mar. 22, 2016

Tuesdays & Thursdays

6 - 9 p.m.


Millerstown Fire & EMS

7 N Market St

Millerstown, PA 17062

Feb. 10 - April 6, 2016

Mondays & Wednesdays

6 - 9 p.m.


2/20, 3/19, 4/2

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


York County Fire School

330 Emig Rd

York, PA 17406


Aug. 31 - Oct. 28, 2016

Mondays & Wednesdays

6:30 - 10 p.m.


9/17 & 10/1

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.