Pelham Training

EMT Academy

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the initial emergency responder level able to treat and transport patients. Our EMT Academy prepares the EMT student to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. 
Our EMT program is in an academy format conducted over 17 consecutive days. Students will stay at the Pelham Training facility for the duration of this course.
The EMT Academy offers students the opportunity to gain the information and skill training necessary to initiate, formulate and maintain a treatment plan for sick and injured patients at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level of care.

Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMT’s, anatomy and physiology, airway management, assessment of the patient, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations, as well as a variety of scenario based training in preparation for working in the pre-hospital setting, and providing safe and efficient patient transportation.
You are preparing to work in emergency services. Pelham’s academy format is much like the expectations of a firehouse or professional ambulance service. You stay at our facility with your class, you study together, eat together, and work together as a team to achieve a common goal; success for everyone involved.

Our intention is far more than to train you to pass an exam. We want you to understand the material and concepts introduced to you through our EMT Academy and to put that information to use when the need arises. Your dedication to the training should be a top priority for you.
We STRONGLY recommend that you have the support of family and friends while you are away in class and that you are as free from distraction as possible. Dedicate yourself to the study and to learning the craft. We can assure you that it will be worth your effort.

We can’t do it for you, but we will do it with you!

All coursework is instructor led and completed while you are here with us. Our training schedule provides much more time out of the classroom and working with scenarios, skills demonstration, and problem-based exercises than most EMT classes.

Training Methods

We utilize a variety of teaching-learning methods. These methods may include, but are not limited to, assigned readings, presentations, discussion, critical thinking exercises, labs, class activities, scenarios and clinical rotations. The EMT program builds on skills and information in a straight forward manner to create a comprehensive training experience.

We utilize an academy format with an expectation to follow guidelines for time and task just as you would if you were working a shift at a firehouse or EMS facility. Students are placed into “squads” and are given a more hands-on style learning  experience with scenarios and assignments. 

We strive to provide our students with so much more than how to pass a test but rather to work and live in the EMS field.

Student Population

Pelham’s EMT academy training program is best suited to the student who is able to make a full-time commitment to the 17-day training.

Our student profiles cover a wide variety ranging from individuals interested in:

  • Exploring a career in EMS
  • College students with an interest in medicine
  • Military medical providers
  • Park services, Ski patrol
  • Industrial Safety teams
  • Career change

“I chose Pelham Training because it was a fast-paced program that I was able to fit into my busy life. I also wanted to experience the life of an EMT while I am going through nursing school so I can get a baseline as to what can be expected when I eventually become a flight nurse. I believe that Pelham Training is the place to go if you are wanting to get your foot into the healthcare field. Trust the process”

  • Alexis; 2021 EMT Graduate

Course Overview

Class begins on a Thursday with orientation and issuing of ID tag, training material, uniforms, team assignments, room assignments and course overview. Days are usually scheduled for about 10 hours but times vary according to the training objectives for the day. 

Sign in is daily from 7:45-8:00 with class beginning at 8:00.
We use a variety of training methods from day to day. Some days begin with an exercise, some with a quiz or test and others go right into a new topic. You can expect to spend time in lecture necessary to training concepts, terminology and test.
Do expect to spend a lot of time up and moving in skills demonstrations, scenarios, exercises and practice. 

Clinical rotations in the hospital and on the ambulance are scheduled throughout the course. These assignments are scheduled during a lab session so you won’t miss out on any classroom information. Lab information is repeated and practiced several times throughout the course. 

The role of a health care provider requires a commitment to lifelong learning, good mental and physical health, keeping an open mind to new ideas and trends, as well as maintaining expertise in basic life support skills. You are here to learn and should be dedicated to the introductory level of training in emergency medical services. This course is demanding and can seem fast paced. We have a long history of success in EMS training and we are dedicated to your success. 

Course Requirements

This course requires active participation. Students should be encouraged to come to class expecting to learn, to be tested and to ask questions. Students are expected lift, move quickly and safely assume standing, kneeling, prone and supine positions and to recover without assistance. 

Required Equipment for Students

Pants and long sleeve shirt that may get damaged
Clothing and footwear appropriate to the season (never open-toed shoes, leggings, or shorts)
Classroom material such as laptop, notebook, pens/pencils, note-cards.

Course Cost: $3,800

Cost Includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing*
  • Handouts
  • Clinical Assignments
  • Logo Shirt – x2
  • Shower shoes
  • Photo ID Badge
  • Stethoscope
  • Vital Statistics Pocket Book
  • CPR Certification
  • Extra goodies throughout your course

*At this time there is no provision for price adjustment for those students that do not stay on campus. EMS is a lifestyle to be learned and we strive to give our students more than classroom time and learning how to pass a test. The housing experience is a part of the training format we offer to the students in alignment with the academy feel to give the students a sense of working as an EMT. 

If a student is adamant on not staying at the facility they may sign an opt-out form with the understanding the price will remain the same and they will still be held to the same standards and guidelines as those who are staying here at the facility.

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Prerequisites and Requirements

Information on how to obtain and send each item will be provided in the Welcome Packet sent to each student after registration.

  • TB Test (Must not be older than a year from the end of your registered class date)
  • PSID (Public Safety Identification Number)
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Copy of Immunization Record/Vaccine Administration Record


You are responsible for your own transportation to and from clinical assignments.

Transportation needs include getting to and from your clinical sites and around town if need be. Clinicals can be anywhere from 5 to 40 miles from the school.  We cannot guarantee but will attempt to schedule clinicals so that those who do not have cars may car-pool with those who do. 

Please understand that Pelham Training cannot shuttle students around the area for any reason and we may not be able to send more than one student to a site. Please be aware that clinical attendance is required for successful completion of the course.