Self-Paced EMT Course - FAQs

General Course Questions

Why take this course with Allied?

Our founder is a physician who was an EMT first. He recognized that the methods used to train physicians could be applied to EMT education. By doing so, we’re able to achieve superior student outcomes in less time than traditional healthcare schools.

Since 2010, we have graduated thousands of EMTs who love their experience with Allied. Read some of their reviews here.

We do things differently than the other training programs that cannot provide the same level of detailed attention we give our students and our curriculum design. As a small company made up of dedicated professionals, EMT training is our main focus. We do our best to ensure every student has a positive experience in the course.

Our management staff is on-site and also available via email or phone. Unlike other training programs that don’t return your calls or emails, we strive for excellent customer service. We value your time and make the registration process quick, easy, and completely online.

Read more about our story and methods here.

Who should take the Self-Paced Online EMT Class?

We designed the Self-Paced Online EMT Class with the following types of students in mind:

  • If you can’t attend a traditional in person class for more than a week because of other work or school commitments
  • If you live in an area without nearby EMT classes but can travel to our location for a week
  • If you want to get started right away
  • If you’re interested in EMT but not quite sure if it’s right for you – unlike other schools, we allow students to take the online EMT course for a nominal fee without having to commit to paying for the rest of the tuition unless they are sure they wish to continue

If you would like more of a structured, weekly learning schedule where you come into class 1-2 times per week, then take a look at our traditional 12 Week EMT Course.

How do I register?

Ready to get started? We’re excited to teach you how to save lives!

Online Part of the Course: Use the button above to register for access to the online part of the course. If paying with a credit/debit card, a secure payment page will open after you submit the application. You’ll then be emailed a receipt that includes instructions to access the online course instantly. We’ll also send you a personal email with detailed instructions within 24 hours of registration.

Skill Week: If you know which Skill Week you’d like to attend already, you may choose that and submit your tuition fees within the online course registration above. Not ready to register for Skill Week? No problem. You can reserve your spot at any time through the online course.

Be sure you give yourself enough time to finish the online course before attending a Skill Week.

What is the pass rate of the course?

Our training methods result in superior student achievements. Our student pass rate over the last 5 years, in both our 12 Week and Self-Paced formats, is 93%.

The EMT course challenges you to learn a lot of new medical information, perform life saving skills, and practice professional interactions with other people. So long as you have a good attitude, complete all the material we assign and set aside enough time to study, we are confident you can pass the course.

Why would someone fail the course? The very few people who fail usually fall under these situations: didn’t devote enough consistent study time, didn’t take the course seriously, or weren’t engaged in the class sessions.

When is Skill Week offered?

Plan to give yourself several weeks to months to complete the online training before attending Skill Week, but do register for Skill Week well in advance as these sessions often fill a few weeks prior to starting (Skill Weeks in the summer typically fill up quickly). We offer Skill Weeks throughout the year.

What is the cost?

The total tuition for the online part of the Self-Paced EMT course is $595. This includes up to six months access to our online course which comprises all of the presentations, activities and assessments needed to prepare for Skill Week.

The total tuition for Skill Week is $1,250. This includes all of the in-class sessions, simulated clinical rotation (a highly rated experience!) and the NREMT Psychomotor Skills Exam (on the last day of Skill Week).

You’re going to learn how to recognize and begin treatment for life-threatening medical and traumatic conditions. We’ll teach you the fundamentals like anatomy, medical terminology, pathophysiology, and how to take vital signs. You’ll learn about EMS operations and how to safely lift and move patients, along with many more topics.

Then everything gets pulled together during Skill Week where you’ll practice hands on to learn cardiac arrest management, airway and ventilation procedures, splinting, hemorrhage control with tourniquets, and much more!

Additional Fees
In order to become an EMT, you must be certified in CPR for Healthcare Providers. If you don’t already have this certification, you can take our CPR course for $80 – just choose this option when you are registering for Skill Week. We are an authorized American Heart Association (AHA) training site.

You will need to purchase or rent a textbook for the course. The cost ranges from $50-$110 depending on if you want an ebook, rental or print book purchase. The textbook can be purchased online from a variety of retailers.

After passing our course and the NREMT Psychomotor Skills Exam, you need to pay $80 to the NREMT to take the cognitive exam. This fee is paid directly to the NREMT and is outside of our control.

Are there any payment plans or grants?

We do not currently offer payment plans or grants directly. We do accept credit cards for paying tuition fees.

Some students have discovered that their employers are willing to sponsor their course if it relates to their work duties.

If an organization has agreed to pay your tuition, we can also invoice the organization directly.

Which textbook is used for the course?

Emergency Care, 13th Edition, by Daniel Limmer. ISBN-13: 978-0134024554.

It’s available from a variety of online retailers for rent or purchase in paper or digital form (such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Prices typically range from $50-110 depending on the format. Previous editions are not acceptable due to outdated patient care protocols.

How long does it take to complete the Self-Paced EMT Course?

  1. Plan to spend about 3 months working on the online course part-time. This is a pace of about 4 chapters per week. Some students have completed it in as little as a month. You have up to six months to complete it. 

    Once you’ve finished the online training and would like to continue with the hands-on portion of the course, you’ll need to attend a Skill Week. It’s 7 consecutive full days of skills training at our facility in St. Paul, MN.

Could I preview the course before registering?

We think you’ll love our course and provide a money back guarantee if you decide it’s not for you within the first 15 days.

What are the computer requirements?

The same as you would need to watch videos on the internet. Our students have been taking our courses online for over seven years…so long as your device isn’t ancient and you have a good internet connection, you’ll be fine.

Which online learning platform is used?

We currently use the Schoology platform. The course website is tablet/mobile friendly – there’s even an app for it! Students consistently remark it’s one of the best online courses they’ve taken.

How much of the course is online?

About half of the course is online that you complete at your own pace. The online work includes reading/studying the textbook, watching video presentations, and completing quizzes and exams, and takes about 10-20 hours per week depending on your reading speed if you follow our recommended pace. There are no specific times you must be online – you can access the material 24/7!

Skill Week consists of about 50 hours in class, including the NREMT skills exam, spread out over 7 consecutive days. This portion occurs at our facility in Minneapolis and is completely hands-on, working with equipment and learning the skills with our instructors.

While it seems compressed, Skill Week still consists of exactly the same amount of classroom hours as our traditional 12 Week EMT Course.

How will I interact with instructors online?

Our course website has great interactive tools that allow you to post comments on any resource you use, discussion forums, and the ability to send messages to instructors and other students. Additionally, we are always available to be reached by phone or email.

We welcome your questions, feedback, and suggestions. Learning is best when you are fully engaged and understand the material.

Is there a uniform policy during Skill Week?

Yes. We require our students to wear a white collared shirt (either button up or polo) tucked in, black pants or EMS tactical pants (no jeans, sweatpants, yoga pants, or leggings), and closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes are acceptable). We also sell AMT graphic shirts for $10 or $20 as an optional alternative to the white collared shirt, and these can be purchased on the first day of Skill Week.

When you work in the EMS field wearing a uniform will be required, so we require the same level of professionalism in class.

What is the attendance policy?

Watching all required videos online and taking all the assessments are required during the online course. Because of the short period of time Skill Week takes place, it is expected you will attend all 7 days.

How do I keep up and learn the information?

The EMT course is demanding because of how much information you will learn in a short amount of time. But we have developed a proven curriculum for student success. If you just complete all of the activities in the timeline we assign, you should do fine.

It’s really important for you to dedicate enough time each reading the textbook, watching the online lectures, and completing the required quizzes and exams.

Consider making flashcards for yourself, taking notes, or starting a study group with your classmates. We have resources in our online classroom for how to study depending on your learning style.

Since our online classroom gives you explanations for each answer on all of our quizzes and exams, review each test and study areas that you need more help on. Our Director of Education is always happy to meet with students that need extra help!

NREMT/State Certification Questions

What is an EMT?

EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician. EMTs are the second level of certified Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. They can be found working in ambulances, hospitals, event centers, casinos, transport services, and more.

EMTs provide life-saving prehospital care. For a more detailed description of the EMT and the other certification levels, please read it here.

What is the NREMT?

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians is the national certification standard for EMS professionals. The majority of states in the country (46) use the NREMT for certification for one or more EMS levels. Simply put, becoming an NREMT-certified EMT is the requirement to become certified in most states. Allied Medical Training is an authorized NREMT training center – we use curriculum approved by the NREMT and conduct NREMT psychomotor skill exams. For more information, please visit

How long does it take to become an EMT?

You have up to 6 months access to complete the Online EMT course. Then come in for 7 consecutive days to complete Skill Week.

What are the steps for becoming an EMT?

First, you must take an EMT initial course from a licensed training program (such as ours!) and be CPR certified at the Healthcare Provider level.

You must pass the NREMT Psychomotor Skills Exam (offered as part of our course).

After passing the EMT course and the skills exam, you take the NREMT cognitive exam.

When you pass that exam, you are nationally certified as an EMT. From there, you apply to become licensed to practice in the state of your choice.

NREMT is the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Each state then has their own EMS regulatory board.

How do I become certified with the NREMT and my state?

After successfully completing all course requirements, students register and pay on $80 for the NREMT cognitive exam. Candidates are required to schedule this exam at a Pearson Education Center. It’s extremely important that you take your NREMT cognitive exam no more than 1-4 weeks after completing the EMT course for the best chance of passing the exam.

Around the same time as you are registering with the NREMT, you should apply for EMT certification with your state. Most states accept the NREMT certification and may even be sent test results automatically. In some cases, you may need to send in a copy of your NREMT certification card.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure their state accepts NREMT certification to become certified there, and to find out the application process for that state. To find this out, just look up your state's EMS office.

How do I get licensed in Minnesota?

Check your application on the EMSRB website. The NREMT will contact the EMSRB so your status should get updated to “licensed” after you have passed the NREMT cognitive exam, and the EMSRB will email your Minnesota EMT license.

Being certified with the NREMT means you are nationally certified as an EMT, but that is not a license to practice as an EMT. You must be licensed with the state you want to work in to have a job as an EMT.

Do I need to be CPR-certified to be an EMT?

Yes, EMTs are required to be CPR-certified at the Healthcare Provider level (also called BLS – Basic Life Support) before they can be certified as an EMT.

This is a higher level of CPR training that includes CPR, AED use, and choking for infants, children, and adults for one and two-rescuer. We offer this CPR course during the EMT course for those that don’t have it yet (most don’t have it yet).

I'm Heartsaver CPR/AED certified, is that good enough?

No. That’s a lower level than what is required for EMT training. You need a CPR certification that has “Healthcare Provider” on the certification card. If you don’t have it, no worries, you can take the training with us at the beginning of your EMT course.

Travel Questions

When should I arrive?

If you do not live in the area and are traveling to attend Skill Week, please plan to arrive the day before class begins to give yourself enough time to settle in and extra time in case of any travel delays, especially during winter.

What's Minnesota like? All I've heard is that it's cold.

Not all the time! Summers are awesome here with generally warm and humid temperatures. The city has an amazing canopy of trees and greenery. Temperature fluctuates greatly in the winter, similar to most areas of the Midwest.

Plan to pack a warm jacket, gloves, and winter hat if coming during November to March.

The metro area of Minneapolis and St. Paul (where we are located) is a diverse, cultural city, with many great places to eat and drink with a rapidly developing brewery scene.

The city is also home to a number of large corporations like Target, Medtronic and Honeywell. The University of Minnesota is one of the largest schools in the country and there is a significant presence of great healthcare institutions.

I'm booking a flight. Which airport should I use?

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MSP, is among the largest airports in the country and is a major hub for Delta airlines.

Do I need to rent a car?

Our facility is located in Minneapolis, just off 494 and Bush Lake Road. Due to its proximity to the airport and the Mall of America, some hotels nearby offer an airport shuttle and a shuttle to local destinations.

In addition to public transportation, both Uber and Lyft operate in the city making it easy to get just about anywhere for an affordable fare.

Where can I rent a car?

The MSP airport has numerous car rental agencies. You can often find the best price on travel websites such as or you can book directly with your favorite agency.

Make sure to check the availability of parking at your hotel. There is free parking at Allied Medical Training’s facility.

What are your lodging recommendations?

Please contact us at [email protected] for information on hotels near our facility!

Are you ready to start saving lives?