EMT Class

The Summer 2021 Class has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A message from the Vice President of Education:


My name is Isabella Turilli, and I’m the Vice President of Education for GERMS. Over the past semester, my department and I have been working closely with our medical directors, and officials at the DC Department of Health to restart our class offering this summer. Despite our best efforts, however, GERMS will not be running a Summer 2021 EMT-B class.

Regulatory requirements and timing delays were unfortunately exacerbated by the pandemic in a way that prevents us from running our Summer 2021 class. This is hugely disappointing for us, as we were excited to get back to teaching the next generation of EMTs in the District. This being said, we are looking forward to improving our class offerings over the next several months in the hopes of offering a fulfilling, in-person EMT class during the Fall 2021 semester. 

I apologize for any inconvenience caused by this news. My team and I could not foresee the delays that precipitated the cancellation, and we are deeply sorry that we won’t be able to fulfill our commitment to EMS education on campus. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope to meet – and teach! – you on campus this coming year. 

Isabella and the Training Team

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. EMTs from the GERMS class have gone on to work as doctors, EMTs, nurses, firefighters and more all over the country and the world. 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 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.

 For more information about the GERMS class, please refer to the Spring 2020 powerpoint

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Director of Training, Shuait Nair, at training@georgetownems.org.