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EMR, EMT, AEMT and EMS-I Initial or Refresher Course

Approved EMS Initial and Continuing Education Program Click on the link to view all approved EMS training programs.  Use the icon at the top of each column to filter and sort the table.  Click on the "Contact Website or Email" link to contact the training provider.

Initial EMS Courses 

All EMS initial education programs in Connecticut must be approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.  Contact the course coordinator directly for course information such as dates, times, costs and registration.  OEMS does not conduct EMS certification programs.  Refer to the Approved EMS Initial and Continuing Education Programs for the following:

  • EMR – Emergency Medical Responder (60+ hours)
  • EMT – Emergency Medical Technician (150+ hours)
  • AEMT – Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (150-300 hours)
  • EMS Instructor (must hold EMT or higher to enroll)

Approved EMT / EMR Certification Practical Exam Schedule (updated May 2022)

EMS Continuing Education

All EMS continuing education programs in Connecticut must be approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.  Contact the course coordinator directly for course information such as dates, times, costs and registration.  OEMS does not conduct EMS continuing education programs.  Refer to the Approved EMS Initial and Continuing Education Programs for the following:

  • EMR National Continuing Competency Requirement (NCCR – 8 hours)
  • EMT National Continuing Competency Requirement (NCCR – 20 hours)
  • AEMT National Continuing Competency Requirement (NCCR – 25 hours)
  • Paramedic National Continuing Competency Requirement (NCCR – 30 hours)
  • Continuing Medical Education (applicable to all levels)

Pre-Approved Standardized Courses (updated June 2022)  Various standardized EMS courses are pre-approved for continuing education credit.  Any certified or licensed provider may use these hours towards their CME requirements.  Any person who is an approved instructor of the accrediting program may conduct these courses. For example, an EMT may claim the hours from an AHA BLS course despite the instructor not holding EMS instructor certification.



Connecticut and the National Registry of EMT (NREMT)

Effective 1/1/2020, all initial certification and licensure applicants must complete the NREMT examination and certification process.  Any EMR, EMT and AEMT personnel seeking certification based on endorsement from another state must also present NREMT certification. 
 
Please note that the NREMT Mark King Initiative is not yet active in Connecticut.  Affected EMS providers will be notified of their eligibility. Please do not submit an application to NREMT until directed to do so.

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EMS Instructor Listserv

The OEMS office operates an official email Listserv for EMS Instructors.  Listserv info and to subscribe.



Mental Health First Aid Courses and Instructors

Initial Paramedic License ApplicantsPublic Act 19-191 requires that starting on January 1, 2020, any initial applicant for paramedic licensure MUST submit with their application "evidence to this Department with their application that they have completed mental health first aid training as part of a program provided by an instructor certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health or any other certifying organization with substantially similar certification requirements, as determined by the commissioner."  This training is not required for certification as an EMR, EMT and AEMT.

This information was communicated to the EMS community on September 24, 2019 by OEMS Communication Statement 19-09 and updated on March 10, 2020 by OEMS Communication Statement 20-03.  This Department does not recommend or approve one program over another, however provides this non-exclusive list in an effort to aid applicants in complying with this law.

Information is available from the NCBH at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/

newiconList of Mental health First Aid Instructors 

Renewal EMR, EMT and AEMT ApplicantsPublic Act 21-46 effective January 1, 2022, all applicants for renewal of certification as an emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT) must demonstrate to the Department that they have completed one of the following training programs:
  1. Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Institute Gatekeeper Training as provided by the Youth Suicide Advisory Board in conjunction with the Office of the Child Advocate, or
  2. Not less than two (2) hours of training or education, approved by the Department of Public Health on screening for post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief and suicide prevention.

Many local health districts and community health agencies offer QPR at no cost.  This training is not required for certification as an EMR, EMT and AEMT.

This information was communicated to the EMS community on August 11, 2021 by OEMS Communication Statement 21-02. This Department does not recommend or approve one program over another, however provides this non-exclusive list in an effort to aid applicants in complying with this law.

PTSD & Suicide Prevention Guidance


Human Trafficking for EMS

All EMS ProvidersPublic Act 21-103 added EMS personnel to the list of those professions required to participate in approved educational program for the accurate and prompt identification and reporting of suspected human trafficking.  Refer to Sec. 6 on page 6 of the linked document.

  • Initial training is to be completed within 6 months of hire as an EMS provider.
  • Refresher training is to be completed every three years thereafter.
  • This requirement lies with the EMS personnel and employers and will not be regulated by the Office of EMS.
  • The primary contact for this program is Tammy Sneed, the Director of Gender Responsive Adolescent Services with the Department of Children and Families.Tammy.Sneed@ct.gov or 860-550-6471 (email preferred).
  • This program is approved by OEMS as Continuing Medical Education.
  • A list of instructors who have asked to be listed is below.

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Paramedic Programs

The following paramedic education programs have been approved by the Department and will prepare the successful candidate to take the NREMT paramedic examination and licensure in Connecticut.  If an applicant completes paramedic training outside of Connecticut, they must first obtain certification or licensure from another state before seeking licensure by endorsement in Connecticut. All Connecticut paramedic programs are approved by the Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions.

Contact programs directly for dates, times and registration procedures.

American Professional Education Service & Backus Hospital Consortium
1 American Way
Norwich, CT 06360
860-383-1344
Capital Community College
950 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06013
860-906-5150
Central Connecticut Paramedic Education Program Consortium
1 Herald Square
New Britain, CT 60051
860-351-0180

Hartford Healthcare Center for Education Innovation and Simulation
560 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06102
860-859-7485

Satellite Locatoin:
St. Vincent's Medical Center
2800 Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06606
860-859-7485

Yale-New Haven Health Center for EMS
77-D Willow Street
New Haven, CT 06511
203-562-3320

Satellite Locations:
Echo Hose Ambulance Training Center
430 Coram Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484
203-924-5500 x3

CPR Training Professionals
479 Buckland Rd.
South Windsor, CT 06074
860-474-5525

Paramedic Continuing Education

NCCP ALS continuing education is offered by many approved providers in Connecticut.  Refer to the Current Approved EMS Provider Course listing above.



Training Updates

Online EMS Education Approval System
Online EMS Education Approval System directions
Verification of CEU's Instruction Form 
2020 Changes - For EMS Instructors
T-3 Physician Medical Director
T-4 Course Roster and Completion
T-5 Uniform CME Certificate
T-6 Uniform Skills Verification Certificate 
T-7 Review and Retrain Form
T-8 Parental Consent Form

Please see the List of the OEMS Education Forms for the description and explanation of the above listed forms.

OEMS Approval of EMS Continuing Education

OEMS Communication Statement (19-08) regarding the 2020 Changes to the EMS Certification Process can be found on the OEMS Communication and Resource Page.


Education & Training materials


EMT Administration of IM Epinephrine via Syringe (CME Approval CT-14-158, 3 hrs)
Hemorrhage Control for the EMS Provider (CME Approval CT-F4-159, 2hrs)
Aspirin Administration Scope of Practice Expansion
EMT 12-Lead ECG Acquisition & Transmission Scope of Practice Expansion (CME Approval CT-F4-160, 2 hrs.)
EMT Blood Glucose Monitoring (CME Approval CT-F4-161, 3 hrs.)
EMT CPAP Scope of Practice Expansion (CME Approval CT-F4-162, 2 hrs.)
BLS Naloxone Administration Scope of Practice Expansion (CME Approval CT-F4-163, 2 hrs.)
Spinal Motion Restriction Scope of Practice Expansion
Tourniquet use by EMRs Scope of Practice Expansion

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