EMS and EMT Training

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The Basic EMT training program is the basic course for Emergency Medical Technician/ambulance that follows the guidelines outlined by the United States Department of Health Education and Welfare in conjunction with the National Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation.  This is a lecture, discussion, demonstration, and practical application of the knowledge and skill necessary to care for individuals who have life-threatening emergencies and injuries.

The Basic EMT will include, but not be limited to:

  • Common medical emergencies
  • Childbirth
  • Working with child patients
  • Lifting and moving patients
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Extrication from automobiles

This course satisfies the requirements for the psycho-motor exam required by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medicine and the written exam administered by the National Registry of EMT as an EMT-Basic. Students must attain a 73 or better grade average to qualify for the psycho-motor and/or written exam. Test fees are not included in tuition. This class qualifies for GI Bill benefits.

Tuition: $1,400.00 (includes book) No Tuition Waivers

Instructor: Greg Lambert


Spring starts January 2022 or April 2022
Tuesdays 5 – 10 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm
MWCC Devens Campus
Practical Training: In-person hands-on training at Devens Campus



American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR 

This course will teach you Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association for one and two-person CPR for the adult, child and infant, as well as the use of an AED and how to respond to someone who is choking.

Two-year certification upon completion of the course.

Tuition: $80 No waivers for these courses.

Schedule and Location:
Multiple Dates, all at our Gardner, MA location.

  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 5 – 9 pm (CRN 16125)
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 5 – 9 pm (CRN 16126)
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 5 – 9 pm (CRN 16127)
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 5 – 9 pm (CRN 16128)
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 5 – 9 pm (CRN 16129)

Click to register for times and locations for the various sections. 

Seats are limited! 


Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers

The ACLS EP course goes beyond the core ACLS training by offering critical thinking opportunities for those advanced, experienced, healthcare professionals who use ACLS on a regular basis. The goal of ACLS EP is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (e.g., metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through cooperative learning and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of prearrest, arrest and post arrest patients. (No Waivers)

Upon completion of all course requirements, participants receive an ACLS EP Provider Course Completion Card which is valid for two years and 6.50 hours of CAPCE credit.

Tuition: $240 (No Waivers)


CRN: 16130
Tuesday, January 18th, 2022
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Devens Campus


Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for pre-hospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care. PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma, which provides the medical direction and content oversight. (No Waivers)

Topics covered include:
• Physiology of life and death • Scene & patient assessment
• Airway breathing, ventilation & oxygenation • Circulation, hemorrhage and shock

Upon successful completion of this course, students receive a certificate of completion, wallet card good for 4 years, and 16 hours of CAPCE credit.

Tuition: $275.00 (no waivers)

CRN: 16131
Tuesday and Thursday, February 15 and 17, 2022
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Devens Campus

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Advanced Medical Life Support

AMLS is the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy. (No Waivers)

Upon successful completion of this course, students receive a certificate of completion, wallet card good for 4 years, and 16 hours of CAPCE credit.

Tuition: $275.00

CRN 16132
Tuesday & Thursday, March 8th and 10th, 2022
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Devens Campus

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Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

(TECC) teaches EMS practitioners and other prehospital providers at all levels how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment. It is designed to decrease preventable deaths in tactical situations such as mass casualty terrorist attacks, hostage scenarios and active shooter events. TECC was created to apply the lessons learned during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to the civilian world of tactical medicine. Topics covered: Hemorrhage control Surgical airway control and needle decompression, Strategies for treating wounded, Responders in threatening environments, Caring for pediatric patients, Techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety, Environmental emergencies, Infectious disease, Abdominal disorders, Toxicological emergencies, Exposure to hazardous materials (No Waivers)

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card recognizing them as TECC providers for 4 years, 16 hours of national CAPCE credit, 16 hours of Mass. OEMS credit and 1 year free membership to NAEMT.

Tuition: $225 (No Waivers)


CRN: 16134
Tuesday & Thursday, May 3 and 5, 2022
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Devens Campus


First on the Scene Training (FOTS)

FOTS is designed to teach the general public basic emergency response to life-threatening emergencies until EMS arrives on the scene. Developed by NAEMT in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), this course includes lectures and hands-on skill stations to teach participants how to access help in the event of a life-threatening emergency and what to do until EMS arrives.

Topics covered include:

• Activating the 911 system • Positioning injured patients

• Hands-only CPR and AED • Administering naloxone

• Administering epinephrine • Responding to life-threatening bleeding

• Penetrating chest trauma • Moving patients to safety

Tuition includes a card and a first on the scene kit containing essential items that will help students during the FOTS course, and ensure they walk out prepared to help in the event of a life-threatening emergency!

Tuition: $150.00 (no waivers)

CRN 16133
Tuesday, APril 12, 2022
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Devens Campus


New! Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients

NAEMT’s Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP) course gives EMS practitioners the resources they need to help alleviate patients’ hidden wounds – intense fear, stress and pain – during a medical emergency.

PTEP educates EMS practitioners about the biological underpinnings of psychological trauma, the short and long-term impact on the brain and body, and warning signs that a patient is experiencing extreme psychological distress. EMS practitioners are also taught strategies and techniques to alleviate patients’ distress and help patients cope with what they’re experiencing to ward off lingering effects.

The 8-hour classroom course features scenario-based interactive sessions and lectures. Topics covered include:

  • The invisible wounds of psychological trauma
  • Reducing psychological traumatic stress
  • Understanding the physiological stress response
  • Applying the eSCAPe principle to patient care
  • Patient simulations
  • Recognizing psychological trauma within EMS

PTEP is designed for EMS practitioners and other prehospital providers. The course is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.  Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card good for 4 years, and 8 hours of CAPCE credit. (No waivers)

Tuition: $155 No Tuition Waivers


Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
MWCC Devens Campus

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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Program

  • Completely FREE for eligible individuals
  • Take the first steps toward building a career in healthcare
  • Obtain employment in a high demand field
  • Participants will also obtain their 2-year certifications in CPR, First Aid and AED
  • After successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the practical and written certification exams to become a certified nurse assistant in Massachusetts.

All potential students must meet with a counselor to review policies and complete enrollment forms.

Students must:

  1. Have a high school diploma
  2. Meet eligibility guidelines
  3. Show proof of residency
  4. Submit signed health evaluation form

For more information about MWCC’s CNA training program, contact Adult Education and Training at 978-630-9363 or AET@mwcc.mass.edu.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are classes scheduled?
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