Self-Paced EMR Course - FAQs
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 EMS 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 students 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, EMS 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.
When is it offered?
You can start the online part of the course anytime, just click here to register.
The classroom portion of the course occurs over one weekend. This is known as the Skill Weekend. The schedule is Saturday 12p-7p; and Sunday 9a-6p.
You will choose a Skill Weekend when you register for the course.
What is an EMR?
EMR stands for Emergency Medical Responder and used to be known as just “First Responder”. An EMR is the entry-level emergency medical certification in the United States. It’s commonly required for police, fire fighters, coaches, security guards and trainers.
It’s a great certification for people that may encounter injuries or illnesses as part of their job, but providing patient care is not the main part of their job. EMRs learn how to deal with life-threatening injuries and illnesses while they wait for help to arrive. For a more detailed description of the EMR and the other certification levels, please read it here.
Can EMRs work on ambulances?
In most states, no, EMRs are not allowed to provide patient care on ambulances in most regiosn. Typically, the minimum certification needed to provide patient care on an ambulance is EMT or higher.
How long does it take to become an EMR?
Plan to devote at least 30-40 hours over a few weeks to a few months for the online part of the course. This includes reading the text, watching presentations, and taking quiz assessments. This can be accessed 24/7 and completed at your own pace (up to 6 months of access is included).
Then there is 16 hours of classroom training that occurs during the Skill Weekend.
What are the steps to become an EMR?
First, you must take an EMR initial course from a licensed training program (such as ours!). After passing the EMR course with the skills exam, you apply to become licensed to practice in Minnesota.
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 fully understand the material.
How much is the tuition? What does it include?
Everything! The all-inclusive tuition is $795. It includes online learning with a digital textbook; and Skill Weekend with the skills exam.
Do you offer any payment plans or grants?
We do not currently offer payment plans or grants directly. However, PayPal Credit is an option for students looking to finance their tuition. You may also use a credit card to pay without any additional fees.
Some students find their employers are willing to sponsor their tuition if it relates to their job duties.
If an organization or company has agreed to pay your tuition, we can also invoice them on your behalf.
Do I need need to become CPR certified as an EMR?
No, but it is highly recommended by us and the Minnesota EMS board. Many employers also require CPR certification.
Our CPR course includes CPR, AED use, and choking for infants, children, and adults for one and two-rescuer. We offer this CPR course during the EMR course for those that choose this option.
Is there a dress code?
Yes. During the Skill Weekend, we require professional attire OR those who work in security, law enforcement, or fire can wear their work uniform.
Professional attire includes: a collared shirt (polo or button-down), black or tan pants, closed-toe shoes, and a watch with a second-hand.