GERMS offers an EMT certification course level in the fall, spring, and summer. The class is designed to teach vital EMS skills, including but not limited to: airway management, CPR, patient assessment, oxygen administration, medication administration, bleeding control, and splinting. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be in a good position to complete their requirements for NREMT certification. GERMS provides psychomotor testing at the end of the course, coordination of observation hours with nearby EMS organizations, and guidance through the certification process. EMT’s from the GERMS class have gone on to work as doctors, EMT’s, nurses, firefighters and more all over the country and the world. The course is taught by Captain Tom Potter, NREMT-Paramedic, a licensed paramedic for over 20 years in Montgomery County. GERMS members assist by coordinating skills practice and logistics within the class.

The class is a significant time commitment, and that should be taken into account when considering application. All individuals must be 18 years of old by the time of NREMT psychomotor examination, held at the end of each class. NREMT rules additionally restrict convicted felons, and missing more than a set amount of class time. 

The Fall 2018 class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM, and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The price is set as $850 for Georgetown affiliates (students, alumni, and employees) and $1650 for non-affiliates. Financial aid is offered for Georgetown undergraduates only

The Summer 2018 EMT class is currently underway and is no longer accepting applicants. The application process for the Fall 2018 EMT class will begin in August. If you are in interest in applying, please fill out this interest form and continue checking our website and Facebook page for updates. An email will be sent out with additional details before August. More information, including dates and times for the Fall 2018 class, will be provided in the coming months. The class will run from the start of September through the start of December. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julia Friberg, GERMS Director of Training, at

Through the American Red Cross, GERMS offers a variety of courses where one may obtain certification and learn proper skills involving CPR, AED usage, and First Aid. Learning the skills and techniques needed to properly perform CPR and use an AED is important, as it can increase the patient’s chance of survival and be the difference between life and death. Over 375,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year, and as such, effective resuscitation of a patient prior to the arrival of an ambulance can significantly improve the individual’s chance of survival in an emergency. Therefore, it is highly useful to be able to successfully perform CPR in the event of an emergency.

GERMS currently offers two CPR courses: a CPR/AED class and a CPR/AED/First Aid class. The CPR/AED course, which takes approximately 2.5 hours, covers the basics of how to recognize an emergency, check an injured or ill individual, perform CPR, use an AED, and care for a choking individual. This course costs $40 for Georgetown University affiliates (students, professors, workers) and $50 for community members. Additionally, GERMS offers a CPR/AED/First Aid course, which takes approximately 4 hours, covers the same skills as the other class but also includes First Aid skills, such as treating asthma, anaphylaxis, external bleeding, hypothermia, hyperthermia, and burns. The CPR/AED/First Aid course costs $50 for Georgetown University affiliates and $60 for community members. If you have any questions or concerns regarding GERMS’ CPR courses, please feel free to email George Avetian, the director of the GERMS’ CPR program, at

To view and register for GERMS’ upcoming CPR courses, please click the links below:

CPR/AED/First Aid Courses:

  1. April 28, 2018