EMR Certification

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) provides out-of-hospital care in medical emergencies.

Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) typically respond as a member of a Fire Department to assist on medical calls in their communities. EMRs provide basic medical care and life support in situations where EMTs or Paramedics are not immediately available.

Course Description

Students who successfully complete the course will be qualified to take the state or national certification test for Emergency Medical Responder. Instructional time includes class work and hands-on lab skills necessary to provide emergency medical care. Successful students may choose to go on to complete the EMT Basic certification.

2021 Courses

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See “Registration” for instructions to apply.

Entry Requirements

  • High school diploma, high school equivalency, or completed CASAS reading comprehension evaluation assessing basic reading comprehension skills at minimum at the tenth-grade level.
  • Must be 17 years of age on or before the official end date of the course
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license

Registration Steps

1. Submit an Emergency Medical Science Program Application to Erin Welty, OCH Campus, Building A to begin the registration process. Please include the documentation requested in the application (copy of driver’s license; copy of high school diploma if applicable) with your submission.

2. Schedule and complete a CASAS evaluation assessing basic reading comprehension skills. This test is offered through the SPCC Testing Center.

3. Complete a Class Registration Form (provided upon successful completion of steps 1 and 2).

4. Submit payment of the class fees to the SPCC Business Office (see “Cost” below for fee details).

5. Attend an Orientation session (dates listed under “Upcoming Courses”) or request a recorded session to view.


The North Carolina Community Colleges Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Scholarship awards funding to cover course tuition and fees for community college students pursuing high-demand workforce training programs.

Apply for GEER Scholarship

Class Registration (Unless Fee Exempt)*$180.00
EMS Lab Fee$25.00
Accident Insurance$1.40
Allied Health Class Fees$6.00
Total Paid to Business Office$212.40

*Affiliates of a North Carolina Fire, Rescue, or EMS agency may be eligible for the Class Registration Fee Exemption.

Additional Costs

Textbook: $181.95 (estimate)


Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care – Seventh Edition

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Series Editor: Andrew N. Pollak, MD, FAAOS

Published by Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9781284225914

Available through the SPCC Bookstore


OCH Campus, Building A: 4209 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe, NC 28110

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LLP Campus: 680 U.S. 74, Polkton, NC 28135

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For more information, contact:

Erin Welty, 704-993-2407

Danny West, 704-290-5817