The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P) is qualified in advanced emergency care and services by a competency - based training program. This is accomplished through rigorous didactic (lectures, discussions and demonstrations), clinical (in-hospital instruction and supervised practice of critical skills) and accompanied by a field internship (supervised experience on a intensive care vehicle). Competencies include but are not limited to the recognition, assessments, and management of medical emergencies under direction of a physician. The EMT-P provides prehospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients primarily by ambulance service and mobile advanced life support (ALS) units under medical command authority, and secondarily in other appropriate settings under physicians control.

An EMT-P is a person who has successfully completed both an Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) approved EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic training program and has completed requirements for State certification.

Recertification training requirements for EMT-Paramedic are to be completed within the two-year term of certification, they include:

  1. Successful completion of a Department approved EMT-P refresher course of not less than 48 hours; and
  2. Acquisition of 25 additional hours of Department approved training.

Note: If you are planning on attending an EMT-Paramedic training course located in Massachusetts, insure the program has been Department accredited. See the list of OEMS accredited initial EMT training institutes. The Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services, upon review, will award an OEMS approval number to courses meeting strict criteria. Check to be sure your program has an OEMS EMT-P training course approval number.

Always insure the program has a current OEMS approval number. For more information on current opportunities, please contact at (617) 753-7300. 


This information is provided by the Office of Emergency Medical Services within the Department of Public Health.