Once accepted into the program, candidates register for an EMR or EMT-B course.  The EMR program is a 48 hour course taken on campus during the fall semester in addition to the normal course load.  It does not currently count for academic credit.  The class meets for several hours twice a week in the evening during the second half of the semester.  It is open to students of any class standing and serves as a good introductory course and initial certification to serve with JCU EMS.

The EMT-Basic program is a 140-hour (approximately 10 credit hours) course offered as the JCU EMS Academy in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic.  The course is an intense three weeks, held on campus in August before the beginning of the fall semester.  Students move in early and complete the training before the start of the academic year.  The JCU EMS Academy is only open to returning JCU students, and can be completed with or without prior training as an EMR.

Both courses also require ride-along training days with the emergency response staff designated by the course instructor (usually at local municipal fire departments and hospitals) and two responder-in-training shifts with JCU EMS.  Candidates must pass the course’s written final with an 80 percent or higher as well as all sections of the practical final.  Finally, in order to practice as an EMR or EMT, students must then pass an exam administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, qualifying them for a certification and license to practice from the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS.