AEMT Program Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose EMT Utah over other programs?
EMT Utah is the largest EMT training program in the state of Utah and has been training emergency medical professionals for over 10 years. Being a large program has afforded us the opportunity to teach thousands of EMT students over the past decade and has provided our instructors with unparalleled teaching experience. Despite serving so many students each year, you can still expect the attentiveness and care from each of our instructors and administrative staff that you would receive from a smaller program. We have several full-time administrative staff members who are available to answer your questions and who are dedicated to being advocates for each of our students. All of our instructors and course coordinators are state-endorsed EMS educators and current or retired professionals in the field of emergency medicine with a broad range of backgrounds including fire departments and ambulance services, flight medicine, rural EMS, hospitals and clinics, and much more. Our instructors are available in and out of class-time to answer questions, provide remedial training, and will go out of their way to help you reach your goal of becoming an AEMT.
How much does the program cost if I begin my class before May 1, 2024?
The tuition for the program is $1249, which includes one t-shirt, in-classroom lectures and skills training, access to an online classroom and learning resources, and remedial training. A deposit of $249 is due upon registration and the remaining $1000 is due by the first day of the course. The tuition includes one t-shirt, in-classroom lectures and skills training, access to an online classroom and learning resources, and remedial training. A blood pressure cuff and stethoscope set ($40) and a textbook ($125) are required for the class and may be purchased in the Gear Shop. There are additional certification fees that will be paid to NREMT ($144) and Utah BEMS ($45 or $110.25, depending upon whether your fingerprints are already in the system) after the course begins. These fees are not paid to EMT Utah and are therefore subject to change at any time. You will also be required to take a psychomotor exam, which costs $150 (not included in tuition) if you take it through EMT Utah. Fees to take it elsewhere will vary.
How much does the program cost if I begin my class after May 1, 2024?
The tuition for the program for any class that begins after May 1, 2024 will be $1649. This fee will include in-classroom instruction, online content and assignments, skills labs/clinical hours, an eBook, and TestPrep software. The only additional fees you will be responsible for are the application/licensing fees paid to NREMT ($144) and Utah BEMSP ($45 or $110.25, depending upon whether your fingerprints are already in the system). These additional fees are not paid to EMT Utah and are therefore subject to change at any time. You will also need a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope, which is available for purchase from EMT Utah for $40, or you can bring your own on the first day of class.
Why is the program’s cost increasing starting May 1, 2024?
The NREMT and Utah Bureau of EMSP are making significant changes to AEMT course requirements in mid-2024, including an increase in course hour requirements, changes to psychomotor and cognitive exam testing, and updates to curriculum. As a result, beginning in May 2024, our AEMT class will increase to 204 hours and there will be a subsequent rise in cost to $1649 to account for the required increase in staffing and the increase in cost associated with programs to track skills, provide better online content, etc. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about registering for a class that begins on or after May 1, 2024.
Does EMT Utah take FAFSA, federal financial aid, or the GI Bill?
EMT Utah is a privately owned company and is not federally funded. This means we are not eligible to accept any Department of Education federal financial aid or the GI Bill. This also means we are not eligible to provide 1098-T tax forms.
Do you offer financial aid, tuition assistance, or payment plans?
EMT Utah does not offer in-house financial aid, tuition assistance, or payment plans. All tuition is required to be paid by the first day of class. However, the Department of Workforce Services offers tuition assistance programs for certain individuals that meet their qualifications and we encourage students to look into that option if they cannot afford the program. Additionally, many employers have tuition reimbursement programs, so it is always a good idea to check with your employer, as well.
How long does it take to complete the program?
This course is 134+ hours, including lecture, skills training, and online learning modules. The day AEMT course is delivered over a seven-week period and the evening AEMT course is delivered over an eight-week period. See the main AEMT course page and click on your desired campus for exact dates and times for each course.
Can I switch to another program if I want to?
You may call the office to switch to a different course start date before your course begins. Once the program begins, you are obligated for the full tuition and may not switch to a different program. See the enrollment agreement and refund policy page for more details.
What if I register and then decide I do not want to take the class?
You have three business days from the day you register from the course (extending to midnight of the third day) to withdraw and be eligible for a full refund of all tuition paid, including the deposit. After three business days, your deposit becomes non-refundable, but you may be eligible to receive a refund of any additional fees if you withdraw prior to the course start date. Tuition refunds after class starts are rare and only made if a student fills out and is approved for a Hardship Request. Please refer to the refund policy page for more information.
If I start the program and don’t like it, can I get a refund?
No. Once the program begins, there are no refunds. Tuition refunds after class starts are rare and only made if a student fills out and is approved for a Hardship Request. Please refer to the refund policy page for more information.
What are the requirements to pass this course?
In order to pass this course and be recommended to take the NREMT cognitive exam to obtain a state and national certification, you must meet the following requirements: miss no more than 8 total hours of class time, complete all online quizzes and tests, obtain an 80% or better overall grade in the online classroom, pass the EMT Utah midterm and final with 80% or better, participate in class, demonstrate the ability to work as a competent AEMT, and demonstrate the ability to work as a team in a high-stress environment.
Does this course have a dress code?
Yes. We require students to wear their EMT Utah t-shirt to class, along with long pants (EMS-type pants or scrubs preferred) and closed-toed shoes. More information will be given during your course orientation.
Is this course approved by NREMT and Utah BEMS?
Yes! Our program is state-approved and prepares you to take the NREMT cognitive exam to gain national and state certification. The state of Utah requires all new AEMTs to become NREMT certified in order to gain state certification.
After taking this course, could I work as an AEMT in another state?
Utah utilizes the National Registry of EMTs for their certification exams and therefore all new AEMTs in Utah must receive an NREMT certification. Most other states also recognize the NREMT and have set processes for reciprocity for those who have an NREMT certification. Before you start practicing in another state, contact that state’s EMS office to go through the process of reciprocity and get certified in that state.
If I have a criminal record, am I still eligible to take this course?
The state of Utah has some criminal background restrictions on eligibility to certify as an AEMT. As part of the certification process, you will be required to undergo a criminal background check and if you are found to have any charges on your record that are contained in Utah Admin. Code R426-5-3200, you will not be eligible for certification and licensure. However, regardless of whether you are eligible to certify, anyone is welcome to take our course just for the information, even if they do not plan on becoming certified.
What is the testing process like for Advanced EMT?
For classes ending before June 31, 2024: There are two tests that AEMT students must complete: the cognitive exam and the psychomotor exam. Each course will be assigned a dedicated psychomotor exam date that your Course Coordinator will inform you of during your course orientation. You will receive instructions and register for that exam a little after halfway through your course. Once you complete the course, your Course Coordinator will send a letter of recommendation to the Program Director, who will then send it on to EMT Utah’s Medical Director. Once it has been signed by the Medical Director, the Program Director will submit Course Completion approval for you on your NREMT account. At that point, you will receive an email from NREMT notifying you that you have received authorization to test, including instructions to schedule your cognitive exam. You may take your cognitive exam at any time after your approval has been submitted and you may take your cognitive exam before your psychomotor exam if you wish to do so. Once you have completed both the psychomotor exam and the cognitive exam, you will receive NREMT certification. The state of Utah will then update your license information to reflect AEMT once they receive notice from NREMT that you have passed all required exams (provided that you meet all other BEMS and NREMT requirements).
For classes ending after June 31, 2024: Starting July 1, 2024, the psychomotor exam will no longer be available and NREMT will roll out the new Advanced EMT cognitive exam. All students who have not received their AEMT certification before July 1, 2024 will only need to take the new cognitive exam, which will include questions relating to the clinical judgement aspect of their certification. Once you complete the course, your Course Coordinator will send a letter of recommendation to the Program Director, who will then send it on to EMT Utah’s Medical Director. Once it has been signed by the Medical Director, the Program Director will submit Course Completion approval for you on your NREMT account and will verify that you’ve completed your required skills (Student Minimum Competencies). At that point, you will receive an email from NREMT notifying you that you have received authorization to test, including instructions to schedule your cognitive exam. Once you have completed and passed the cognitive exam, you will receive NREMT certification. The state of Utah will then update your license information to reflect AEMT once they receive notice from NREMT that you have passed (provided that you meet all other BEMS and NREMT requirements).