Emergency Medical Responder Course

Previously Called "First Responder" Course

Summer 2017 Course Information:

Registration has closed. We have reached our seat capacity for the Summer course.
There is no wait list. Please join us for our Fall course starting in September.

Future Course Information:

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 Tentative course start date
 Tentative registration open date
Fall 2017
Mid September
  Early September
Spring 2018
Mid February
Early February

We hold a course each semester, including Summers.

Dates are subject to change with out notice, at any time, until registration opens.

Specific course dates will be only be available when registration opens.

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 Meeting Times
5 - 7 pm
5 - 7 pm
5 - 9 pm

What is an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)?

An EMR is the new terminology for Medical First Responder. EMRs are specially trained persons who provide basic first aid life support, including airway, breathing, and circulation management techniques, in medical and traumatic emergencies. They serve as an entry-level position to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field, a step below an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). 

This is not an EMT course. UEMSA and USF do not offer an EMT course. You do not have to be an EMR before you become an EMT. For information on becoming an EMT, visit Hillsborough Community College's EMS website here.

This is not a USF for-credit course and does not count towards any degree or elective requirements for any USF college.

Course Description:

This course offers didactic and practical hand-on skills for patient assessment, basic and advanced airway management, first aid treatment of medical and traumatic emergencies, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). 

Students gain first hand experience and learning through weekly practical lab time and a full 12-13 hour ambulance shift ride-along with a local ambulance company. Students will be expected to obtain patient vitals, past medical history, complete assessments and assist with treatments.

Upon completion of this course and ride-along, students will be certified as an Emergency Medical Responder by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). CPR certification is "BLS for Healthcare Providers" through the American Heart Association. This is the preferred CPR certification for persons working in the healthcare field. Both certifications are valid for two years.

These certifications can be used to work and gain volunteer and patient care hours in many areas of the health care system, including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), working side-by-side with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics responding to 911 calls with local ambulance companies, AmeriCare Ambulance and American Medical Response. It is also possible to be a patient care technician in clinics, behavioral health facilities, drug treatment facilities, and other similar healthcare environments- including the USF Student Health Services Clinic on the Tampa campus or at one of UEMSA's First Aid Stand-By tents during campus events! More information about volunteering can be found here.


The course is composed of 8 weeks. Each week consists of two days of lecture and one day of a hands-on lab. The final week is dedicated to a written final exam and two practical finals that demonstrates the students ability to put their knowledge into action. Students will also complete an ambulance ride-along on their own time.

Course content (lecture material, skill sheets, quizzes, and ride-along documentation) is provided through USF's Canvas program. Students who register for the course below will receive an invitation to join the course on Canvas one week before the start date. For those potential students who do not have access to Canvas, the course material will be provided through another medium. The course textbook is optional; PowerPoints are provided through Canvas.

Attendance is mandatory to all class meetings. Excessive tardies or late arrivals due to other obligations or classes is prohibited. 

Lecture and lab meetings provide additional information that is not covered in the PowerPoints or available on Canvas. Also, the certification requires a minimum number of classroom hours. As such, a student can only miss 4 hours of excused class instruction. Other university classes are not considered an excused absence.


  • 17 years of age or older by the start of the course
  • Uniform items: Black pants or BDUs, all-black close-toed shoes or sneakers (boots preferred; no cloth or canvas), black belt, and a watch with “seconds” hand or display (Uniforms will be discussed more on the first day and are due by the third week of class)
  • Physical: By this course’s very nature, and the very nature of the Emergency Medical field, students must meet certain fitness and ability standards. Students must have ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. Student must be able to see, hear, taste, smell, talk, balance, sit, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, walk, use hands, and reach with hands and arms
  • Willingness to learn

Tuition and Payment: 

  • $300; includes the uniform polo shirt, stethoscope, CPR and EMR completion cards
  • Payment plans available: 2 payments of $150 or 4 payments of $75
  • Methods: Cash, check, money order, or credit card (via Paypal with processing fee)
  • This course can not be paid with financial aid or any similar program

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