Once accepted into the program, candidates register for an EMT-Basic course. This is a 140-hour (approximately 10 credit hours) course taken along with normal classes during the semester or over the summer. The course is held on campus two evenings a week, along with several Saturday practical labs at the campus of Cuyahoga Community College. The cost varies per year, but John Carroll University Police Department currently covers half, assuming that all membership requirements are met.

The course also requires ride-along training days with the emergency response staff designated by the course instructor and two responder-in-training shifts with JCU EMS. Candidates must pass the course’s written final with an 80 percent or higher on all sections of the practical final. In order to practice, the national registry exam must also be passed and state certification must be obtained.