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The EMS Division of the Department of Health is charged with oversight and regulation of EMS education in the District of Columbia. This includes the certification of EMS Educational Institutions, as well as the approval of EMS course curricula and the courses themselves. We are also charged with oversight of the EMS provider certification process.
The Department of Health does not provide EMT training. We certifiy the educational institutions that provide EMT training in the District. If you are interested in obtaining training as an EMS provider, there is a listing of certified training centers at the bottom of this page. Please contact the individual training centers on this list to obtain information about upcoming courses, entry requirements and costs.
In the District of Columbia we are following the national model as set forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
An EMS Education is the provider’s foundation and entry into a career in EMS. The role that an EMS education plays in the quality of care that is delivered cannot be understated. In the US Department of Transportation’s document EMS Agenda for the Future education takes a central role in the overall EMS system. They describe the vision of EMS Education as:
The EMS Division continues to work to make this vision a reality in the District of Columbia.