The Rundown of EMT Certification in Massachusetts:

Massachusetts differs from the majority of other states in that it is not a National Registry state. Therefore EMT training is conducted by the state itself, as well as the testing certification process.  A prospective EMT must, therefore, complete training at a state approved institute. The candidate must then submit himself for a written and practical examination. The examination will cover topics such as: traumatic injury, medical emergencies and other medical transport topics. Completion of this exam ensures that the prospect is capable and qualified to provide pre-hospital care to patients.

What are the Requirements to Get an EMT Certificate?

EMT certification is available for three levels of emergency medical technicians, i.e. EMT-Basic, Intermediate and Paramedic. Following pre-requisites should be met by all the EMT’s:

  •  EMT candidates must have attained an age of 18 years or more.
  • The candidates should be free from any type of drug usage as it may hamper their professional life.
  • The applicant must be physically and psychologically fit and fine; otherwise, it may affect his/her practice as EMT along with causing danger to the patient’s health and safety.
  • The candidate must possess his/her current Professional Rescuer BLS-CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certification or as a healthcare professional.


  • The candidate is ought to undergo a state-recognized EMT-Basic training.
  • The candidate must qualify the practical exam within a year of completion of the training.
  • The candidate is also required to pass the written (cognitive) examination within a period of six months since he/she has passed the practical exam.


  • The candidate must currently possess the EMT-Basic certification.
  • The candidate is required to finish Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate training from a state-approved training school.
  • The candidate must pass a practical examination from a state-approved program.
  • He/she should also complete a written or cognitive exam within a period of 6 months of getting approved to sit for the written examination.


  • Paramedic candidate must possess an EMT-Basic certification.
  • The applicant must complete a paramedic training program, accredited by the state.
  • The aspirant must hold a current certificate as an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) from AHA (American Heart Association).
  • He/she should pass a state-approved practical exam within a period of one year after the completion of paramedic training.
  • The candidate must also complete a written paper within the duration of six months of getting approved for appearing for the examination.

What is the Process of EMT Certification?

The step-by-step process for EMT certification in Massachusetts is as follows:

Step 1

The candidate must submit an application for certification along with the necessary documents, as well as the applicable fee, to the below mentioned address:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services
99 Chauncy Street, 11th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts- 02111-1703
Contact Number: (617) 753-7300

Step 2

The ‘Massachusetts Department of Public Health’ will receive the application, and verify whether the candidate is eligible to appear for the examination or not.

Step 3

Even after fulfilling the requirements, if the candidate is still not eligible for the examination, the department will return his/her application back.

Step 4

After being verified by the department, the candidate is required to set a date and time of the practical examination with a state-approved training center.

Step 5

The candidate must appear in the practical examination.

Step 6

If the candidate fails in the examination, he/she gets a notification from the department.

Step 7

If the candidate passes the examination, the information will be sent electronically by the department to PSI.

Step 8

PSI will send an eligibility postcard to the candidate mentioning that he/she has passed the examination. The postcard will contain the instructions on how to schedule and register for the written exam.

Step 9

After completing the written examination, the candidate will obtain the result from PSI.

Step 10

If the candidate passes the written paper, he/she will be issued an EMT certification card by PSI on the day of the examination itself.

State Approved EMS Training Facilities:

  • Bristol Community College
    Address: 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, Massachusetts- 02720
    Contact Number: 508-678-2811
    Official Website:
  • Cape Cod Community College
    Address: 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, Massachusetts- 02668
    Contact Number: 508-362-2131
    Official Website:
  • Greenfield Community College
    Address: One College Drive, Greenfield, Massachusetts- 01301
    Contact Number: 413-775-1801
    Fax: 413-775-1827
    Official Website:
  • MassBay Community College
    Address: 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts- 02481
    Contact Number: (781) 239-3000
    Official Website:
  • Northeastern University
    Address: 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts- 02115
    Contact Number: 617-373-2000
    Official Website:
  • Northern Essex Community College
    Address: 100 Elliot Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts- 01830
    Contact Number: 978-556-3000
    Official Website:
  • Quinsigamond Community College
    Address: 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, Massachusetts- 01606
    Contact Number: 508-853-2300
    Official Website:

Massachusetts EMT Contact Information:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services
99 Chauncy Street, 11th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts- 02111-1703
Contact Number: (617) 753-7300[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]