GERMS offers an Initial Certification Course at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level in fall, spring, and summer. All individuals over the age of 18 are welcome to apply. For more information about our courses and EMT certification, please see our “Frequently Asked Questions” section at the bottom of the page.


 If you are interested in taking our Spring 2017 class, please fill out this interest form to receive further information and updates on the course. All those considering applying are highly encouraged to fill out the above form because important information will be distributed using that contact list.

If you are interested in taking our Summer 2017 class, please fill out this interest form!

GERMS currently offers four full-tuition awards and four half-tuition awards for the EMT class.  More information can be found here: EMT Class Tuition Award Info Sheets pdf

Information Sessions for the Spring EMT class will be held during the following times:

Tuesday, January 10th | 7-8pm | ICC 101

Thursday, January 12th |  7-8pm | St. Mary’s 107

Friday, January 13th | 5-6pm | ICC 101

You must attend one of the info sessions in order to receive an application for the class

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alice Hayes, GERMS Director of Training, at

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Because this class prepares students to obtain NREMT certification, we require all course applicants to meet the standards required for this certification. This means that applicants must be 18 years of age by the end date of the course. You do NOT need to be a Georgetown student in order to apply. Please also keep in mind that the NREMT only grants EMT certification to people with criminal backgrounds on a case-by-case basis. See this website for more details:
Pre-requisites for the course include that applicants can read, write, and speak English. Applicants must also be able to lift and move an average-sized adult on their own. We do NOT require applicants to be CPR certified prior to the start of the course; all classmembers will obtain their CPR certification during the course.

Yes. Course costs may vary from semester to semester. We pride ourselves on offering one of the most affordable EMT courses in the DC area. While payment plans may vary, at least half of the full tuition will be due on the first day of class. The only financial assistance that may be available will be to current Georgetown Undergraduate students. No financial assistance is available to non-Georgetown undergraduate students. Payment deadlines are final, no exceptions will be made. Failure to make a payment on-time will result in a failing grade within the course.

To pass, students must attend all lecture hours, practical skill hours, and observation hours. Up to 10 hours of class can be missed during the course in the event of illness or emergency; all of these hours must be made-up through private lecture prior to course completion. Students must have at least an 80% average grade upon course completion to pass. This grade consists mostly of scores received on multiple-choice exams given throughout the class.

Successful completion of this course does NOT guarantee NREMT certification. This class prepares students to obtain their national registry of EMT certification (NREMT). Upon successful completion of our EMT course, you will need to pass both a psychomotor exam and a written exam. The psychomotor exam is put on by GERMS following the end of the course and requires that the candidate adequately demonstrate 7 practical skills (medical assessment, trauma assessment, bag-valve mask ventilation, oxygen administration, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, backboarding, and a special skill). The written NREMT exam must be scheduled by the candidate at a nationally recognized testing center.

Once NREMT certification is obtained, application for most state certifications is fairly simple and involves mostly paperwork. Please check with your state Department of Health for more details about obtaining state certification.

Please note that successful obtainment of NREMT certification does NOT guarantee admission to GERMS or any other volunteer or private EMS organization. Georgetown University undergraduates are welcome to apply to volunteer with GERMS upon completion of the course. All other successful class members may go on to apply to work as an EMT with local EMS organizations. These may include fire departments, private ambulance companies, or related organizations. Many of our course alumni have gone on to become firefighters, Emergency Room Technicians, paramedics, nurses, physician’s assistants, and doctors. For more information about careers in Fire/EMS and/or paramedic training please click here.

To apply for our courses, you must attend an information session. We typically hold 2 information sessions in the evenings within the week prior to the start of class. At the information session, you will learn more about what our courses entail as well as what the role of an EMT is. Our application process involves two screening rounds. The first round is an online application. GERMS will review online applications and may invite applicants to attend an interview. Interviews are with GERMS members and will last approximately ten minutes each. Final admissions decisions will be sent by email. Specific dates and times for application deadlines, and interviews will be distributed at the information sessions.

If you have specific questions, please email