How To Become A Paramedic In Massachusetts

How To Become A Paramedic In Massachusetts

Levels of EMT

First Responder
Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B)
Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate (EMT-I)
Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P)

National Registry State

Massachusetts does not currently recognize national registry.


  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to read, understand, and communicate in English
  • Free from addiction to alcohol or any drug
  • Able to lift and carry 125 pounds
  • Free from physical/mental defect/disease which might impair his/her ability to provide emergency care within the scope of the EMT’s training and responsibilities, or which might jeopardize the health of another member of the class
  • Must complete the course including 100% attendance

Length of License

EMT-B, EMT-I, EMT-P: 2 years

National Registry Notes:

Massachusetts is estimated to go national for the 2014 update.

License Maintenance and Continuing Education Requirements by level


  • 28 hours of approved continuing education
  • A 24 hour DOT 1994 curriculum refresher
  • Make sure training is accredited by Massachusetts OEMS, each individual course must be approved in writing, even if the institution has provided basic EMT courses in the past.


  • A 24 hour DOT curriculum EMT-basic refresher, plus approved 12 hour EMT-I add-on course
  • 28 hours of approved continuing education
  • Make sure training is accredited by Massachusetts OEMS, (be sure program as OEMS EMT-I training course approval number)
  • EMT-I courses are run on an as needed basis: see list of OEMS accredited initial EMT training institutes


  • Successful completion of a department approved EMT-P refresher course of not less than 48 hours
  • 25 additional hours of department approved training
  • Make sure your program has an OEMS EMT-P training course approval number

Regulating State Agency

Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services (MOEMS)
99 Chauncy St 11th Floor
Boston, Ma 02111
Telephone: (617) 753-7300
Fax: (617) 753-7320

Scope of Practice

Scope of practice is defined by the Emergency Medical Services Pre-Hospital Treatment Protocols approved by the Department of Public Health.

Additionally, in order to provide the treatments defined for your level,
1. Your medical director must have authorized you as an EMT to utilize the procedure based on your level of certification.
2. The minimum standard training component must be achieved as outlined by DPH/OEMS.

Special Certifications



One must take Massachusetts certification exams, if certified in another state you can ‘challenge’ exams by taking the practical and written exam in that order. If both are passed, certification is granted at the level tested.


EMT-B: $150, single station retest: $70
EMT-I: $300, two station retest $150, single station retest: $100
EMT-P: $300, two station retest $150, single station retest: $100

Accredited Schools for 2013

Complete list can be found on site.

  1. Springfield College – Springfield, MA
  2. Emergency Medical Training Solutions – Oakham, MA
  3. Massachusetts Emergency Care Training Academy – Millbury, MA
  4. Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School – Fitchburg, MA
  5. Quinsigamond Community College – Worcester, MA
  6. Elite Medical Educators, Inc – Beverly, MA
  7. EMS 2000, Inc – Westford, MA
  8. Essex County Fire Chiefs Association – Topsfield, MA
  9. Masconomet Regional High School – Topsfield, MA
  10. McNeilly EMS Educators – Manchester, MA
  11. North Shore Community College – Danvers, MA
  12. When Seconds Count – Salem, MA
  13. Action Ambulance Service, Inc. – Wilmington, MA
  14. American Medical Response/National College of Technical Instruction – Natick, MA
  15. Boston University – Boston, MA
  16. Bunker Hill Community College – Chelsea, MA
  17. EMS Academy – Marshfield, MA
  18. EMS Training LTD – South Weymouth, MA
  19. EMS Training of Norwood – Norwood, MA
  20. ”First Response” Emergency Medical Education – Stoughton, MA
  21. Mass Bay Community College – Framingham, MA
  22. Bristol Community College – Fall River, MA
  23. Educational Resource Group LLC. – East Providence, RI
  24. EMS Academy – Marshfield, MA
  25. Emergency Medical Teaching Services, Inc. – Pembroke, MA
  26. Institute for Emergency Medical Education – Bourne, MA
  27. National Medical Education & Training Center (NMETC) – West Bridgewater, MA
  28. New Bedford High School – New Bedford, MA
  29. SouthCoast Training, LLC – Fairhaven, MA
  30. Safety Program Consultants, Inc. – Taunton, MA
  31. STARR EMS Training – East Taunton, MA
  32. Sylvester Consultants, Inc. – Marstons Mills, MA
  33. East Bay Medical Educators – Bristol RI
  34. Educational Resource Group LLC. – East Providence, RI
  35. New England EMS Institute – Manchester, NH

As of 9/16/2011

2 Responses to “How To Become A Paramedic In Massachusetts”

  1. Fern says:

    Ron, just an FYI, Mass requires 28 hours of Con Ed & a 24 hour refresher class. Not just a refresher.

    As far as costs go:

    For the EMT-B: It is $150 for the state + the facilities’ fee (usually another $150) for the practical. The written is another $55.

    Yes, Massachusetts is damn expensive. =/

    • Ron says:

      Fern, thanks for the feed back. There was some discrepancy between two sections of the guide, the license maintenance requirements had it correct, but the Continuing Ed section was off. I just combined them into one section.

      I’ll leave your comment for the details on total costs. We just put the state fees above.