Emergency Medical Responder

This course is available upon request to agencies with a minimum of six participants. Please contact our office at (509) 242-4264 for more information. 

Course Description

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is an entry-level emergency medical provider course that will prepare individuals for employment or a volunteer position in a variety of prehospital, industrial and first responder settings. The successful completion of an approved EMR course can be a prerequisite to pursuing training as a Firefighter and many Law Enforcement programs.  

The EMR course is designed to provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills to manage many medical and trauma-related emergencies. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are eligible to seek national certification as an Emergency Medical Responder through the National Registry of EMTs. 

This Washington State Department of Health, Office of Community Health Systems “Approved Course” has been designed by INHS to meet or exceed the National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Responder, as developed by the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and amended by the State of Washington. 


  • Recognize the seriousness of the patient's condition or extent of injuries to assess requirements for emergency medical care.
  • Administer appropriate emergency medical care for life threatening injuries relative to airway, breathing and circulation. 
  • Safely and effectively perform the expectations of the job description. 

Required Hours

  • Classroom Hours: 40 (Includes – Didactic, Practical Skills and Examinations)  
  • In-Person Lab Skills: 16
  • Internship (Field): 12 

Total Required Hours = 68

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must:  

  • Be 17 years of age at the time of enrollment and 18 years of age to be eligible to participate in the required field internship.  
  • Be physically capable of performing the essential duties of an Emergency Medical Responder.  
  • Hold a current CPR course completion card at the American Heart Association BLS level or the American Red Cross "CPR for the Professional Rescuer” level.  

Please know that enrollment into the EMR course is a two step process. This process includes registering and minimum payment as well as completion and submission of the course application (to be emailed after registration). Should the applicant complete both of these steps and meet the minimum requirements, they are considered accepted and enrolled in the program. 

Application Process

You may apply for admission into the Emergency Medical Responder Course by completing the application. The application deadline is two weeks prior to the start of the course. A maximum of 24 students will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis. Application will be emailed to student after registration. Please click here to be directed to the registration site. 

Course Tuition

  • The tuition for the Emergency Medical Responder Course is $710.00.  
  • Additional fees include lab cost of $90.00.
  • All tuition must be paid in full by the first day of class unless other arrangements are made. All fees are subject to change. 

Testing and Certification

Upon successful completion of the course, students will take the practical skills examination which is recognized by the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Community Health Systems. Upon successful completion of the practical skills examination the student will receive a certificate of completion from the Health Training Emergency Medical Responder Course and will then be eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs computer adaptive test (CAT). 

Upon successful completion of the National Registry of EMTs CAT the student will be eligible to apply for certification through the State of Washington. 

To register with the National Registry of EMTs visit www.nremt.org

Click here to view the Washington State Department of Health EMS Initial Application. 

Click here to see upcoming Emergency Medical Responder class offerings. 

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