Emergency Medical Response

Emergency Medical Response

Course overview

The Emergency Medical Response training program provides a detailed and comprehensive approach for managing out-of-hospital medical emergencies prior to the arrival of EMS.

The program is designed to provide non-EMS responders more depth and exposure to standard first aid training topics to provide richer and more advanced training. It meets and exceeds workplace first aid training requirements and satisfies the desire to learn more than just basic first aid without the burden associated with EMS provider training and certification.

Emergency Medical Response provides comparable training to that of Emergency Medical Responder, the base-level training for EMS providers, although the program is not intended for training EMS providers or preparing students to be eligible for EMS provider testing and certification.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for individuals who are not EMS or healthcare providers but desire certification in Emergency Medical Response, such as:

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Correctional officers
  • Security personnel
  • Event and crowd control staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Park rangers
  • Workplace Emergency Response Team (ERT) members
  • Disaster team members
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members
  • Athletic trainers
  • Outdoor guides


Current certification in healthcare-level CPR training, or Basic Life Support (BLS). BLS training and certification can also be done concurrently as part of the Emergency Medical Response class.

Required for Successful Completion

Written Evaluation


Skills Evaluation

Required. Correctly demonstrate skill competence in five specific areas:

  1. Respiratory Arrest (Bag-Mask)
  2. Adult Cardiac Arrest
  3. Infant Cardiac Arrest
  4. Traumatic Injury (Responsive or Unresponsive)
  5. Medical Emergency (Responsive or Unresponsive)

Successful completion is based on achievement of the core learning objectives rather than a prescribed instruction time.

Medical Oversight

Based on state laws and regulations, supplemental content may require, or benefit from the use of, medical oversight. Training Centers providing Emergency Medical Response training classes should investigate and under­stand the laws and regulations related to supplemental content in the states in which they train.

State Licensure and Credentialing of Emergency Medical Responders

An individual who has been trained and certified in Emergency Medical Response will not be licensed or credentialed to practice emergency medical care as an EMS provider within an organized state EMS system. EMS provider licensing and credentialing are legal activ­ities performed by the state, not HSI. Individuals who require or desire licensure and credentialing within the state EMS system must complete specific requirements established by the regulating authority, typically a state EMS agency within the state health department. The Emergency Medical Response program is not intended to prepare individuals for national certification, licensure, or credentialing as an EMS provider.

Certification Period

2 Years

Course Length

47 - 50 Hours (Initial Class)

16 Hours (Renewal Class)

Student / Instructor Ratio

Cognitive Class Sessions, 24:1

Skill Practice Sessions, 12:1 Maximum / 6:1 Recommended

Student / Equipment Ratio

6:1 Maximum / 3:1 Recommended

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Class Delivery Types

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