Emergency Medical Technician Program

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About the Profession

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) assess injuries and illnesses, provide emergency medical care, and may transport patients to medical facilities.  Becoming an EMT serves as an entry point into the medical field.  EMTs may choose to pursue further education and higher levels of licensure by becoming an advanced EMT or a paramedic. EMTs work in a variety of environments including fire departments, EMS services, hospitals, urgent care facilities, and industrial settings.

For more details about the profession, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at the following link: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm#tab-2


About the Program

The Vanderbilt EMT Program is an in-person, 12-week course that combines didactic, lab, and clinical rotations. Coursework focuses on the most up-to-date methods of pre-hospital patient care. Clinical rotations take place at numerous sites across the Vanderbilt enterprise. Our goal is to provide a well-rounded educational experience that prepares our graduates for entry into the field of emergency medical services. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NREMT Exam. 


Program Structure

Class size is limited to 12 students.

  • 12 weeks of didactic coursework, lab, and clinical rotations
  • Licensure test preparation
  • Online curriculum support

Candidates will have the opportunity to meet and interview with hiring managers from across the Vanderbilt enterprise when nearing completion of the program.


Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED

Applications for EMT positions are accepted through VUMC Human Resources. Please check the job search page for opportunities at this link: https://vumc.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/vumccareers

Cohort start dates vary. Please reach out to the Program Director if you would like more information.

Contact Us

Dana McDonald, MPH, CCPM, I/C

Program Director

Email: dana.mcdonald@vumc.org