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.

Information Sessions for the Fall 2018 GERMS EMT Class will take place on Tuesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 PM in Walsh 394 (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE). All are welcome to come learn more about what it takes to be an EMT and how to apply for our class! You must attend an information session in order to apply to our EMT class, alternative arrangements can be made by emailing our Director of Training at

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 $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 application process for the Fall 2018 EMT class will begin at the end of 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 later on in August. The class will run from September 11th through the start of December, with practical testing offered on December 9th. 

The application process itself begins with attendance at a mandatory information session. These information sessions cover our expectations of the course and are a way for us to interact with all of our applicants and make sure everyone is on the same page. You must attend one information session – attendance at both is not necessary. The sessions will be held September 4th and September 6th, from 7 PM to 8 PM in Walsh 394. 

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please reach out to our training team as soon as possible so we can make sure you get all the information you need! 

The application itself will be sent out after the information sessions. It consists of a Google form with a couple short answer questions so that we can get to know you. It will be open through September 7th at 11:59 PM. We will review the applications and send out an interview schedule by the afternoon of September 8th. Interviews will be held on Georgetown’s Campus starting at 9 AM on September 9th. Interview scheduling and concerns will be handled after the applications have been reviewed. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Nemecek, 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.