Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Anoka Technical College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 16-credit certificate program prepare students to work in emergency patient care. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) are found in many careers across the nation.  The EMS system encompasses a wide filed of people who respond to emergencies in many different arenas.  EMTs and EMRs are multi-skilled emergency care providers, dedicated to patient care in emergency situations.

At Anoka Tech courses are delivered in a lecture/lab configuration. Students must take an active role in lecture and a self-directed approach in lab. Our EMS program requires student clinical/patient care experience as part of our certificate curriculum. Students enhance their knowledge and skills working/learning with our industry partners.  

The Anoka Technical College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certificate is a 16-credit program.

Successful completion of the certificate will:
  • Prepare students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician written exam.
  • Register the student with the American Heart Association for the Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider Card.
  • Prepare students to take the State of Minnesota skill test for Emergency Medical Technician professionals.

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Some courses may require an Accuplacer score or completion of basic math, basic english, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.


 Technical Education
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 EMED 1075     First Aid & CPR
 EMED 1053  BLS Instructor
 EMED 1111  Emergency Medical Technician  9
 EMED 1107  Incident Management Unit I
 EMED 1110  Clinical Externship 1
 HLTH 1010  Medical Terminology
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
Student must select one course from the following:
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
 SPCH 1500  Intercultural Communications
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.


The Anoka Technical College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program follows the National DOT curriculum and is  approved by the State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).

The EMSRB issues the state certification and requires a background check. Upon successful  completion of the course, the student is eligible to take the EMSRB skills examination and the  National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) written examination.

Upon successful completion of both the EMSRB and NREMT examinations, the students will receive State of Minnesota certification and National Registration.

Upon completion of all prerequisites, Unit I courses and EMED1110, the student is eligible to challenge the state and national Examinations for certification and registration as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) are found in many careers across the nation. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system encompasses a wide field of people who respond to emergencies in many different arenas. EMT’s and EMR’s are multi-skilled emergency care providers, dedicated to patient care in emergency situations.

Emergency care providers are found caring for patients on Basic Life Support (BLS) as well as Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance Services. Emergency departments and Urgent Care facilities employ many emergency care providers who have EMS training to assist in their departments within the hospital or clinic. Career firefighters now need EMS training as well as firefighter I & II training; most firefighters are required to have at least EMR Training. State and local law enforcement services require a minimum of  EMR training for Post Board certification; however, law enforcement officers also respond in some areas as EMT’s or Paramedics.

Partnerships between the college and the emergency healthcare industries further enhance the knowledge and skills of our students. With advanced training, students become more marketable as emergency providers in the emergency healthcare field. Education as an Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician or an Advanced Emergency Medical Techniciancan lead to a satisfying and fulfilling profession in the emergency medical system and enhances many careers throughout our nation’s workforce.

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Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. 




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