GERMS offers an EMT certification course level in the fall, spring, and summer. This class is accredited and regulated through the District of Columbia Department of Health, EMS division.

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. 

Looking to become a nationally certified EMT? Fill out this form if you are interested in receiving email updates about the Fall 2019 GERMS EMT course. 

The Fall 2019 Class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM, and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Information sessions will be held on August 31st and Spetember 1st. The class will run from September 10th to December 8th. The price is tentatively set as $850 for Georgetown affiliates (students, alumni, and employees) and $2000 for non-affiliates. This price includes:

  • The textbook (Emergency Care, 13th Edition  – Limmer and O’Keefe).
  • A vitals kit (including a BP cuff, stethoscope, and penlight).
  • 130 hours of instruction – both hands-on and lecture-based. Includes CPR certification course as well as all mandatory EMT skills.
  • A CPR certification card.
  • Access to our equipment and training staff for training sessions and preparation for the psychomotor examination.
  • Access to our psychomotor examination. The psychomotor examination, held under supervision of the DC Department of Health, is one of two tests that you must take in order to become a Nationally Certified EMT. 

Financial aid is offered for Georgetown undergraduates only. A variety of half and full scholarships are available, with a special full scholarship specifically offered for Georgetown Scholarship Program students each class cycle.

A payment plan is offered to all students wherein payments are given in two installments – half at the start of the class and half at the midway point of the class. 

The class is designed with all students in mind, not just Georgetown students. We welcome all who wish to apply. Our classes are usually 45-50 students from all different backgrounds – we pride ourselves on an inclusive and enthusiastic learning environment. If you have any concerns about this, do not hesitate to reach out.

The 2019 Fall Class Application opens 9/1/2019 and closes 9/6/2019 at 11:59 pm.

NOTE: Interviews for the class will be held on 9/7/2019. 

For more information, please consult the Informational Powerpoint, found below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact JP Nguyen, 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. 

Our classes will resume in September. Check in on this page for more information about scheduling and availability.