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Program Overview

This course is designed to train individuals with the knowledge and skills to operate ambulances throughout the state. Students are instructed in Basic Life Support skills including the use of AED to assist Emergency Medical technicians in the field.

This is an entry-level course for state certification. This course must follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS. The curriculum for the MR educational program shall be the 1995 United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) First Responder Course: National Standard Curriculum.

Instructional Format: Face-to-face class meetings to include lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice and simulation of scenarios.


Prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to the first day of class:

  • 17 years of age prior to the end of the course

The following prerequisite will be administered at the course center during orientation.

  • Written Assessment of Candidate Education level
    • Must score at the 10th grade reading level or higher

Upcoming Classes

EMR Classes are scheduled when interest is sufficiently high enough to provide the course.

Center for Public Safety
Course Dates:
Yadkin Campus
September 2023 (date pending)
Course Dates:
October - November 2023 (dates pending)

Application Links

Applications open approximately 30 days prior to the scheduled orientation dates.

Please visit our events page at: to apply when applications are open.

If no events are listed, you may email one of the contacts below for additional information.


Center for Public Safety
1220 State Street
Mount Airy, NC
Yadkin Campus
1001 College Drive
Yadkinville, NC 27055

Education Pathway

EMRs may further their healthcare provider education into

SCC EMT Program

Advanced Education Pathway

After EMT, students may continue into

SCC Advanced EMT Program


SCC Paramedic Program

Employment Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, individuals will be able to volunteer with a fire department or rescue squad to assist with medical calls.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Douglas Underwood

Director of Yadkin Center/Director of Emergency Medical Programs

Kenneth Vaught

Coordinator: Emergency Medical Program

Scarlett Vogler

Emergency Medical Services Instructor

Workforce Certificate Courses

Medical Responder

EMS-4100 Medical Responder

Total credits needed to graduate: 96 Hours

Learning Outcomes

Emergency Medical Responder students will:

  • Develop skills in patient assessment
  • Acquire knowledge of patient vital signs
  • Develop skills in airway management and CPR
  • Learn splinting and hemorrhage control

Program Costs

Item Price
Tuition $180.00
Accidental Insurance Fee $3.00
Textbook* est. $200
Technology Fees (Documentation and Testing Software)* $25.00

*Prices may vary by vendor.

Tuition for EMS courses is waived for members of NC Lifesaving organizations (i.e., Fire Department, Rescue Squad, EMS, Law Enforcement). Financial assistance for tuition, fees and/or books is available through the Surry Skill-up grant.

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