University Emergency Medicine Student Association

“Preparing Tomorrow’s Heroes”

Emergency Medical Responder Course

Previously called First Responder Course

Summer 2020 Course Information:

Notice 03 | RE: COVID-19 | 03/30/20 2000hrs

The Summer course will not be held this year due to COVID-19 and USF's decision to remain closed to in-person classes during the Summer semesters. Please stay safe. Remain inside unless absolutely necessary and practice social distancing.

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Future Course Information (tentative):

Course Start Date
Registration Open Date
Fall 2020
Tuesday, September 15th
Wednesday, September 9th at 10am
Spring 2021
Mid February
Early February
Summer 2021
Summer C, Late May
Mid May
 Meeting Times
5 - 7 pm
5 - 7 pm
5 - 9 pm

We offer a course each Spring, Summer C, and Fall semesters.

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

Previous UEMSA EMR student looking to recertify? Find out more!

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. EMR is not required before becoming an EMT. EMT is required to be a Florida firefighter.

This EMR course is not a USF for-credit course and does not count towards your GPA or any degree or elective requirements for any USF college or program. The course's workload is comparable to a 4-credit hour, 4000 level course.

Course Description:

This course offers didactic and practical hands-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 12-hour ambulance ride-along with local ambulance companies. Students will be expected to obtain patient vitals, 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 EMTs and Paramedics responding to 911 calls with a local ambulance company or right here on campus with UEMSA's First Aid Booths and Medical Response Unit (MRU) responding to emergencies on campus! It is also possible to be a patient care technician in clinics and other similar healthcare environments- including the USF Student Health Services Clinic on the Tampa campus!


The course is 8 weeks in duration. 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. 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 (You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer for the MRU)
  • Uniform items to be purchased by the student: 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. Items will be discussed more on the first day and are due by the third week of class.
  • Physical: Students must have the ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. Students must be able to see, hear, talk, taste, smell, 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
    • A $30 seat deposit, payable via PayPal, is required to register. The deposit will count towards your total course fee.
  • Payment plans: 2 payments of $150 or 4 payments of $75
  • Methods: Cash, check, money order, or credit card (via PayPal with processing fee)
  • This course cannot be paid with financial aid or any similar program

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