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Course Completion
Employment for EMS graduates

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program


Earn your certificate to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic. UToledo’s cutting-edge, accredited program prepares you like no other program in the Midwest. Our EMT graduates are hired even before they complete the program.

Just starting out?

Our basic EMT courses are offered in either a two-semester fall option (great to take as an elective for pre-med students or those carrying more than six credit hours) and an accelerated one-semester spring option open to the public or students that are enrolled in under six credit hours.

Our students are well prepared to pass the national registry exam and become certified EMTs in Ohio.

Cost: $1,575 for students taking it as a standalone course and not as an elective. (The cost includes some fees, books and uniforms. It does not include CPR, background checks, drug screens or parking.)

Ready to become a paramedic?

Certified EMTs can earn certification as a paramedic in our three-semester program.

Our EMS program is offered through UToledo’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

  • Flexible, online courses for college credit
  • High-tech, hands-on training in one of the nation’s most advanced simulation centers
  • Interaction with peers in other health professions
  • Access to expert faculty and facilities at University of Toledo Medical Center
  • Affiliations with local Emergency Medical Services, Fire Agencies and Hospitals
  • Includes ACLS, PALS and ITLS coursework, which will make you more marketable

Cost: $7,250 (includes some fees, books and uniforms)
Students in the paramedic program are eligible for financial aid.

Are you interested in paramedic or basic EMT courses?


Pathways to an EMS Career

Pathway to a Basic EMT

  • One-semester program starts each spring semester in January
  • Two-semester program (fall and spring) – perfect for pre-med students who want to build their resumes for medical school and get a taste of emergency medicine

Pathway to a Paramedic

  • Three-semester program starting in the fall
  • You must pass each semester-long portion before moving on to the next.
  • Combined with anatomy and physiology (A&P) offered in the summer with Telemedicine

See our outcomes

How to Apply

To be admitted to the program, students must meet pre-requirements that include an in-person meeting with the Program Director, and department administered reading exam and meet all pre-requirements. Those pre-requirements include an FBI background check, a current American Heart (AHA) CPR card, and completed health and immunization requirements. Students are encouraged to contact the department and schedule a meeting time at least 30 days in advance before the course begins.

Admission Requirements

Basic EMT

  • High school graduate
  • Acceptance as a UToledo student
  • Physical
  • Background check
  • Immunizations
  • AHA BLS for the Healthcare Provider/CPR
  • 10-panel drug screening


  • Ohio Certified EMT-Basic
  • Passed an approved anatomy and physiology class (We offer a class for those who need to complete this prerequisite.)
  • High school graduate
  • Acceptance as a UToledo student
  • Physical
  • Background check
  • Immunizations
  • 10-panel drug screening

Apply Today


Gross Anatomy

Work with fresh and embalmed cadavers in anatomy and physiology course and advanced airway skills development.

Clinical Skills

Develop and evaluate communication and assessment skills. Use pre-programmed mechanical and real-life (actor) patients. Receive timely feedback and debriefing. Use our labs to hone your skills.

Simulated Patient Scenarios

Train alongside peers in other health-related programs on state-of-the-art computerized patients. Instructors debrief and provide immediate feedback to your team.

Virtual Immersive Reality (VIR) and Computer-Aided Learning Modules

Learn with the latest technologies ― virtual, immersive stereoscopic 3D model modules along with advanced educational learning modules.


Download for more detailed information about our EMT and paramedic programs.


Contact Jeff Schneiderman, B.S., NREMT-P, EMS-I
EMS Program Director
Clinical instructor, Emergency Medicine

Contact Ione Kampfertreen
Administrative Assistant, Clinical Coordinator


The University of Toledo is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Learn more about accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North,
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway,
Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088

Ohio Emergency Medical Services
Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223

Last Updated: 2/5/24