College of Health Sciences

Emergency Medical Services Training Certification

Sponsored by Arcadia University’s Department of Public Health and the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certification prepares students and community members to pursue advanced degrees, secure health care careers, and sit for emergency medical responder (EMR) and technician (EMT) board examinations.

  • Become a nationally certified EMR and/or EMT.
  • Earn a certificate that complements and distinguishes your Public Health degree.
  • Build your portfolio and connect with local agencies for job placements.
  • Develop clinical skills no matter your level of expertise.


Aligned with Arcadia’s fall semester, training starts in July and ends in December. Classes are taught full-time in the summer (28 to 35 hours/week for seven weeks) and part-time in the fall (10 hours/week for nine weeks).

Summer 2019 Schedule

7/22/2019 to 8/23/2019 
Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Arcadia University students will be given priority registration and enrolled in a 4-credit, 2-week Public Health course on the intersections between public health and emergency management. Community members will not be required to take this course.

The total cost per student is $750. Arcadia students will also pay the current rate for a 4-credit course.


National Certification

The EMS certification program uses standard curriculum provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Classes will be taught by Montgomery County Department of Public Safety staff.

Participants are expected to complete both EMR and EMT training.