Health & Wellness
Emergency Medical Services

Training Opportunities

Brown University Emergency Medical Services (BEMS) offers EMT training as well as CPR and First Aid courses.

Emergency Medical Services, known as EMS, has a highly visible but often misunderstood role in the healthcare system. EMS is out-of-hospital, or “prehospital” care. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide emergency medical care wherever it is needed and transport patients to hospital facilities whenever definitive or specialized care is required. EMS is a rapidly evolving field — a unique intersection of healthcare, public safety and public health that demands a comprehensive educational experience.

BEMS Prehospital Education Programs:

EMT Course

This accredited EMT course prepares students according to National EMS Education Standards while also emphasizing the development of caregiver qualities appropriate for a global approach to community health. Students are exposed to a variety of simulated and real-life medical situations requiring critical thinking and decisive response. Challenges include ambulance operations and scene management, patient assessment, cardiac arrest management, airway management, injury and shock management, medication administration, and performance of all basic life support interventions for medical and trauma patients.

Students who participate in all required course components and demonstrate proficiency in the above areas will receive a course completion certificate enabling them to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam. Certification by the NREMT is required for prehospital medical licensing in most U.S. states.

Following Rhode Island statewide EMS protocols, EMTs are legally allowed and expected to perform emergency care. This includes performing a primary and secondary assessment, obtaining vital signs, administering medication, and transporting the patient to the nearest appropriate hospital emergency facility.

CPR and First Aid Courses

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergent and often lifesaving procedure performed on a person who goes into cardiac arrest. Immediate and high-quality CPR can double or triple the chance of survival after cardiac arrest. Learning CPR will prepare you to act quickly, confidently and effectively in the event of a cardiac emergency.

BEMS delivers high-quality, budget-friendly and audience-appropriate CPR and first aid courses that meet the occupational needs and interests of Brown University departments, students and affiliates. 

Visit the CPR Training at BEMS webpage to learn more about CPR and upcoming training opportunities.