University Emergency Medicine Student Association

“Preparing Tomorrow’s Heroes”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an Medical First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)?

A: An Emergency Medical Responder is the new terminology for Medical First Responder. EMRs are specially trained persons who provide basic first aid life support, airway and breathing 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).

Q: When are EMR courses offered?

A: Courses for all our programs may be available in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, depending on interest.

Q: What is the cost of the course and payment options?

A: The total cost of the course is $300 which may be paid via credit card, cash, check, or money order. Payment plans are available. The cost includes the uniform polo for lab and ride-alongs, stethoscope, and completion cards.

Q: Do I have be a current USF Student?

A: No, the EMR course is open to all who are interested!

Q: Does the EMR course count for college credit?

A: No. At this time, all courses held by UEMSA are a separate entity from the USF System and therefore are not available for college credit.

Q: What kind of certification will I get after completing the course?

A: You will receive a BLS for HealthCare Provider CPR card from the American Heart Association (AHA) and Emergency Medical Responder certification from the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). Both are valid for 2 years from the course end date.

Q: What opportunities are available with an EMR certification?

A:  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 a local ambulance company or right here on campus with UEMSA's First Aid Booths and Medical Response Unit (MRU) responding to 911 emergencies on campus! 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!

Q: Is there any equipment or supplies that are needed for the EMR course?

A: There is no textbook required for the EMR course. A uniform polo and stethoscope are provided. Uniform requirements that are NOT provided are: Black pants or BDUs, all-black leather close-toed shoes/sneakers (boots preferred), black belt, and a watch with “seconds” hand or display.

Q: Do you offer an EMR recertification course?
A: We offer recertification for previous UEMSA students only. Find more information here.

Q: What are the age requirements for the EMR course?

A: You must be 17 years of age or older to begin the course.

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