If you always wanted to help others in the medical field but never acted on your instincts due to financial reasons, this might just be for you.

Starting in September, Gloucester County will offer training at a brand new EMS EMT Training Academy, and will be tuition-free. But the catch is you have to work in the county to get that free exchange.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger says, "The model we are using for this training academy is the first of its kind."

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Both the certification course and internship consist of 649 hours of education. After that you must complete a 144-hour residency ride-a-long program. The Academy will also provide students with real-life experiences one would see every day.

Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe (Joe) Chila says, "This program will allow GCEMS to provide their outstanding education and practices to those accepted into the program, without the $1,500 price tag it would cost to be privately trained. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone who is interested in pursuing a career in EMS."

Of course they are some requirements that are expected to be met by students, and they are:

  • Have a High School Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application submission
  • Successfully pass an American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider course
  • Pass a background check and drug screening
  • Submit to PPD testing and N95 fit testing
  • Attend every class session
  • Attend every clinical assignment
  • Complete all course work, assignments, exams, skills assessments, projects, etc.

The first EMT certification training course kicks off this September.

Call (856) 307-7120 for more information, and to submit an application for the Fall 2018 course you can click here.

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