EMT - Basic Course

Student EMTs with ambulance at the hospital loading dock

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program offers an on-campus EMT-Basic training course as part of an undergraduate degree program. EMT-Basic certification and training is the first step to becoming a paramedic. It typically takes two more years of training to obtain Paramedic certification. GW does not currently offer EMT or paramedic training above the basic level.

The EMT – Basic course is open to GW, non-degree and consortium students. Non-degree students do not earn degrees from GW, but can take courses for a grade, earn credits and receive an official academic record.  Consortium students, those enrolled in member institutions, need to begin the registration process at their home school’s consortium office. Once the class is completed, the student is eligible to take a National Registry practical and written exam.

The EMT-Basic course consists of the following classes:

  • EHS 1040 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Lecture (3 credit hours)
  • EHS 1041 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Lab (1 credit hour)

EHS 1040/1041 are only offered for college credit. It cannot be taken just for certification nor can it be audited. Those who are not GW students and wish to take an individual course offered by this program, please contact the program directly.


Students must earn CPR Health Care Provider certification prior to (or during) the course. Students can take the one credit on-campus course offered through the EMS Program (EHS 1002 – CPR/First Aid). In addition, the GW Training Center offers CPR certification courses regularly throughout the year.


Each credit hour is $1,995.00 equaling $7,980.00 for the full semester.
To learn more, please visit the Office of Non-Degree Students' Tuition page.


Please refer to the Office of Non-Degree Students.

What Students Are Saying

"I recently started on my first day of Emergency Medicine Residency, and I can say without a doubt it was your EMT class that I took as a freshmen at GW eight years ago that set me on this path. The lessons I learned in your class are still being put to use in my practice until today. I hope you are doing well and continuing to inspire students like myself." - Imran F., past EMT course student