Emergency Medical Responder

Program Overview

*This program is only open to high school Dual Enrollment students.*

The Emergency Medical Responder certificate program prepares students to initiate immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical system.  This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS response and to assist higher level personnel at the scene and during transport  Emergency Medical Responders function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight.

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) technical certificate of credit provides students with the opportunity to prepare for entry-level into the emergency medical services professions for possible employment in a variety of prehospital, industrial and first responder settings.  After successful completion of the SOEMST approved EMR program the graduate may take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMR certification examination.

Students are accepted into the Emergency Medical Responder certificate program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 11 semester credit hours.

Offered at the Following Campus

South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$29,000 – $32,000

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $1,762.00
Books & Supplies:  see your program advisor

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Additional Fees

BLS for Healthcare Provider:  $7.00
EMS Testing:  $22.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.) 

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • ALHS1011Structure and Function of the Human Body5 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ALHS1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • EMSP1010Emergency Medical Responder4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 11