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


September 6 – December 13 (CRN 94434)
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, on Tuesday evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm

  • September 6  (CRN 94430)
  • October 18 (CRN 94431)
  • November 1 (CRN 94432)
  • December 6 (CRN 94433)

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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: 94451
Wednesday, November 16, 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: 94435
Wednesday and Friday, September 21 and 23, 2022
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Devens Campus

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PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization)

The main focus of PEARS is prevention and specifically the assessment, recognition, and stabilization of pediatric victims at risk of severe cardiopulmonary distress.  Course content covers pediatric assessment, recognition and management of respiratory distress and respiratory failure, recognitions and management of shock, respiratory and circulatory management, and the resuscitation team concept and American Heart Association pediatric Chain of Survival. PEARS is for healthcare providers such as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and any other healthcare provider who infrequently sees critically ill infants and children. Students who successfully complete the course will receive an AHA PEARS Provider Course Completion Card (2 years).

Tuition: $155 (No Waivers)

CRN 94450
Friday, October 14, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Devens Campus

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All Hazards Disaster Response (AHDR)

The All Hazards Disaster Response (AHDR) course teaches you how to respond to many types of disaster scenarios, including natural disasters, infrastructure failings, fires, radiological events, pandemics, active shooter incidents, and other mass casualty events. AHDR educates participants on how to analyze potential threats in their area, assess available resources, and create a response plan that will save lives.

Features of a medical response plan covered in the course include:

  • • Communicating effectively during disasters
  • • Mutual aid and interoperability
  • • Triage and transportation strategies and challenges
  • • Patient tracking and evacuation
  • • Managing resources such as supplies, medications and equipment

At the start of the course, you will conduct a “hazards vulnerability analysis” to assess features of your environment, both natural and man-made, that pose risk along with assessing the needs of vulnerable populations, such as assisted-living residents or hospital patients that need special consideration during such an event. Content is presented in the context of realistic scenarios, culminating with a large-scale mass casualty activity. AHDR is appropriate for all levels of EMS practitioners. This course is offered in the classroom and provides 8 hours of CAPCE credit and NREMT recognition. (No Waivers)

Upon completion of all course requirements, participants receive an AHDR Provider Course Completion Card which is valid for two years and 8 hours of CAPCE credit.

Tuition: $155.00

CRN 94452
Thursday, November 17, 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)

Schedule: TBD

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)

Schedule: TBD

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

Schedule: TBD

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?
Please refer to our online listing of individual professional development classes.

What is the refund policy for noncredit classes?
Please refer to the noncredit class bulletin for our refund policy.

How do I withdraw from a class?
Call 978-630-9525 in order to withdraw from a noncredit class.

How do I learn about cancellations?
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