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.

EMR is offered in both a traditional and an online/blended format. 

Our online/blended EMR program is a combination of self-paced online modules with interactive assignments and discussions through the Desire2Learn (D2L) online platform. Students are required to attend in-classroom lab sessions throughout the program to demonstrate their competency in numerous psychomotor skills, complete testing requirements and prepare for the National Registry examinations.

We encourage you to complete the Self-Assessment for Online Learning to determine your potential aptitude for this learning platform. Students enrolling in the blended programs are expected to have a basic understanding of: Basic Internet navigation methods that include browser navigation, utilizing bookmarks, search terms, navigating to web addresses and utilizing hyperlinks.

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. 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)

www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu/ - Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse 

How much does the program cost?

Tuition for the EMR program is $475.00. Students are responsible for obtaining the textbook.

The required textbook for this course is:

Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care, Sixth Ed., AAOS

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.

When are the classes?

Section #

Class Location












Online D2L


HACC - Shumaker Public Safety Center

One HACC Dr, Entrance 5

Harrisburg, Pa 17110

County: Dauphin





June 19 - Aug. 18, 2019

Registration deadline is June 5, 2019 or until the class is full. 




6/19, 7/17

6 - 10 p.m.



6 - 10 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 

8/17 & 8/18

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.







Online D2L 


Med Van Transport 

1300 Philadelphia Ave.

North Cambria, PA 15714

County: Cambria




Sept. 14 - Nov. 10, 2019

Registration deadline is Aug. 30, 2019 or until the class is full. 






9/14, 10/12, 11/9