EMT Program

Cataldo Education Center EMT Programs offer comprehensive outcomes-based curricula designed to prepare graduates who are competent and compassionate critical thinkers committed to lifelong learning. Our EMT programs utilize a combination of competency-based didactic (classroom) portion and performance based laboratory portion that will prepare the student to take either state or national certification examinations.

Our programs are committed to graduating students who are competent entry-level health care providers.  It is expected that graduates will demonstrate empathy and caring in inpatient treatment as they utilize critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in the application of their skills.

The program strives to instill in graduates a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. It is expected that graduates of our EMT Programs will continue to enhance their skills through continuing education.

The faculty at Cataldo Education Center are all experienced EMS professionals and each faculty member is committed to the ongoing development and improvement of all aspects of our programs. This continuing development is vital in assuring that each program’s academic curricula are of the highest quality and reflective of current practice.

Our Traditional EMT Program meets Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00p-10:00p with some select Sundays for Lab and is held through a combination of virtual lecture and hands-on skills sessions.  This program runs for 4 months.

Our Rapid Response Accelerated EMT Program meets Monday through Friday from 8:30a-4:30p and is held through a combination of virtual lectures and hands-on skills sessions.  This program runs for 4-6 weeks.

Access to a computer and internet is required to join the online class meetings and complete the online assignments related to the course. Students must attend all classes and achieve 100% attendance, a minimum course average of 80%, and successfully pass the class final practical examination prior to being eligible to achieve candidate status for the state practical examination and NREMT written exam. Students must attend all classes and achieve 100% attendance, a minimum course average of 80%, and successfully pass the class final practical examination prior to being eligible to achieve candidate status for the state practical examination and NREMT written exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are EMT Classes like?

EMT classes follow a state required standard curriculum that includes classroom learning of subjects like EMS operations, anatomy and physiology, disease process and more. The practical labs are hands on learning practicing skills such as CPR, oxygen administration, bandaging and patient assessment.

Do I need to buy a stethoscope, a bp cuff, or anything else for the EMT program?

No. We provide these items in the class room

When I finish the EMT course am I now an EMT?

When you successfully complete the EMT course you are eligible to take the Massachusetts State EMT practical exam and the National Registry of EMTs written exam. The National Registry of EMTs written exam is completed at a testing center on a computer. Midterm and final exams in the EMT program are set up in a similar way to the National written exam so you can be comfortable with the testing process.

The other part of the testing is a practical or skills test. If you take the practical exam with your class we set up the exam with the state. We offer several practice sessions before the practical exam to keep your skills sharp.

How long do I have to test?

Massachusetts allows up to two years to complete the entire testing process after EMT course completion.

Most EMT students complete the testing process shortly after they complete the EMT program. We HIGHLY recommend that you take both exams as soon as is practical after you complete your EMT class. If you take the practical exam first you have one year after the practical exam date or up to two years after course completion, whichever comes first, to take the written exam. If it is more than one year since you took the practical exam and less than two years since course completion you will have to take a skills verification exam to complete the testing process. These are done one on one by a qualified instructor. Skills verification is not a substitute for the practical exam

I want to sign up for the EMT class, but there are no seats.  Do you have a waitlist?

Our classes tend to fill quickly. We recommend you sign up as quickly as possible to secure a seat in the class. A wait list is created after the class is filled and taken in the order receive. Please contact the EMT program as noted on the contact information to be placed on our wait list.

What does tuition include/not include?

The tuition includes all instructional costs, the text book with on-line access for up to one year after course start, student uniform shirt. The tuition is listed on the course registration.

National Registry testing fee, the state practical testing fee and Massachusetts Department of Public Health certification fees are NOT included.

When is tuition due?

Tuition must be paid at the time of registration.  At this time we are not able to offer payment plan options.

Do you hire EMTs from your EMT program?

Yes! Yes we do!