12 Week EMT Course

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.

12 Week EMT Course vs Self-Paced EMT Course

Both courses utilize the same online learning materials and the same number of in class hours, the difference is in the scheduling of the online and classroom hours. While both courses allow students to access the online materials 24/7, the 12 Week EMT Course requires specific deadlines for completion.

12 Week EMT Course

The 12 Week EMT Course requires students to come to class 1 time each week. There are weekly textbook reading assignments and the corresponding pieces of online material are also assigned each week. Unit Exams are evenly spread throughout the course.

Online material is completed in small chunks each week that correspond to the skills being practiced in the classroom that week.

The 12 Week EMT Course is best for students that like built-in structure to their learning schedule. It’s also good for students that have enough time each week to keep up with the online material and attend class.

Self-Paced EMT Course

The Self-Paced Online EMT Course is better for people that want to finish the course at a slower or faster pace since there are no deadlines to complete each module of the online materials.

If you can’t make any of the scheduled course dates for the 12 Week EMT Course, then the Self-Paced is a good option. For the classroom portion of the Self-Paced EMT Course, students come to class for 7 consecutive days during “Skill Week.” There are several options to join a Skill Week throughout the year.

It’s also good if you just want to do some learning on your own without committing to paying for an entire EMT course up front. The course access fee gives you complete access to the online part of the course with no obligation to pay for the Skill Week until you are ready.

This course requires that students complete all of the online materials before coming to the classroom so that you can be ready for accelerated classroom training during Skill Week.

What is the pass rate of the course?

Our training methods result in superior student achievements. Here is our course pass rates for the most recent three years out of a total of 1,612 students enrolled:

  • 2020: 98.8%
  • 2019: 97.8%
  • 2018: 96.9%

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.

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 nremt.org.

How do I become an EMT?

1. 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.

2. Pass the NREMT Psychomotor Skills Exam (offered as part of our course for NO additional fee).

3. After passing the EMT course and the skills exam, you take the NREMT cognitive exam at an authorized computer testing center (they’re all over the country).

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. In Minnesota, it is the EMSRB.

How do I get licensed as an EMT in Minnesota?

Submit 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 take care of patients as an EMT.

We know it can be a bit confusing at first, but don’t worry – we’re here to help you navigate through the certification and licensing process!

How much of the course is online?

About half of the course is online with the rest in class over 12 weeks. The online work includes watching video presentations, reading the textbook, and completing quizzes and exams, and takes about 10-20 hours per week depending on your reading speed. There is no specific time you must be online – you can access the material 24/7!

The in-class portion is 4 hours a week at our facility in St. Paul – all in one session per week as indicated on the advertised course schedule. This is the part of the course that is completely hands-on, working with patient care equipment and learning life-saving skills with our instructors.

How can I get help with the online material?

We are always here to help you. If you need any help during the course, email our dedicated student support team at [email protected] for a response within 24 hours or call us at 888-518-3378.

How much is the tuition and what does it include?

The total tuition is $1,945. When you register for the course, you pay a $250 deposit which is deducted from the total tuition. The remainder is $1,695, which is due by the first day of class. 

The tuition includes access to our online classroom, all of the in-class sessions, and the NREMT Psychomotor Skills Exam (in the 11th week of class).

If you are not yet certified in CPR at the Healthcare Provider level (required by the State and NREMT), you will need to take our CPR course for $80. It is done during one of your regularly scheduled EMT class sessions.

Are there 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. We also accept credit card payments. The $250 deposit is due when you register for the class, then the remainder of the tuition is due on the first day of class.

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

You can bring payment to your first class in the form of credit/debit card, check, or money order. If an organization has agreed to pay your tuition, we can also invoice the organization directly.

Are there any other fees?

Great question! We’re totally transparent with our fees.


In order to become an EMT, you must be CPR for Healthcare Providers certified. If you don’t already have this certification, you can take our CPR course for $80 (it’s built into the EMT course for those who choose this option). We are an authorized American Heart Association (AHA) training site.


You’ll need to buy your own textbook for the course, and the cost usually ranges from $30-$110 depending on if you want an ebook, rental or print book purchase. Most students choose to purchase this online directly from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

NREMT Cognitive Exam

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.

Unlike many training programs, we do NOT charge an additional fee for the Skills Exam.

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 Textbooks.com). Prices typically range from $50-110 depending on the format. Previous editions are not acceptable due to outdated patient care protocols.

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.

Is there a uniform/dress code policy?

Yes. Healthcare professionals are commonly required to wear uniforms in the workplace, so we require our students to follow a specific dress code.

This consists of wearing black pants (no jeans, sweatpants, yoga pants, or leggings), a white polo or button-down shirt (short or long-sleeved), and closed-toe black shoes (black tennis shoes are acceptable). Additionally, we offer branded shirts onsite to buy as an option instead of the white collared shirt. This uniform is not required until the second week of class (although we’re always happy to see students in uniform for the first class!).

What is your attendance policy?

You are allowed to miss one in-class session without making it up. We also add up time if you are tardy to class or leave early, and that counts towards your missed class time.

We do not offer any makeup sessions, so you miss class at your own risk.

All online learning material is required since you are not required to be online at any specific times.

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 week to reading the textbook, watching the online lectures, and completing the required quizzes and exams (about 10-20 hours per week).

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.

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