Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Training

Training and certification for first responders, including EMTs, AEMTs and paramedics.

EMS TrainingPre-hospital care is a critical link in an integrated health care system. The responsibility of first responders to assess a situation and triage accordingly cannot be understated. To deliver the most successful medical outcomes, personnel need a broad range of clinical skills and the critical thinking acumen to act quickly.

We offer curricula to cover the full continuum of emergency medical services. All courses are compliant with established state and national protocols and meet or exceed requirements.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Paramedic Training Programs

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Combat Course

Certified Testing Center

CT State Practical Exam Site, EMT, TECC

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Programs

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Programs

250 hour (2–4 month) program for those 16 years or older and interested in pre-hospital care.

CPREmergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are integral members of the pre-hospital team, responsible for patient care en route to the hospital via ambulance.

The entry-level program includes 250 classroom hours and 16 hours of observation time at the Hartford Hospital Emergency Department and/or at a local ambulance service provider. 

Learning objectives: Learn basic knowledge and life-saving skills, how to assess the medical needs of the sick or injured and provide immediate care, and how to prioritize treatment based on patients most at risk. 


  • Basic life support
  • CPR
  • Airway management
  • Bleeding control treatment
  • Shock recognition
  • Trauma victim patient care
  • Medical emergencies
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics 

Program Costs:

Your $1,475 tuition fee includes:

  • Trauma shears
  • Stethoscope
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Pen light
  • CPR certification
  • CESI EMT program shirt

Note: Tuition includes one (1) attempt at the State of CT EMT Practical Exam

Certifications: Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the certification exam from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Successful completion of the exam is required in order to be certified as an EMT in Connecticut.  


Paramedic Training Programs

Paramedic Training

For current EMTs and AEMTs looking to build their knowledge and skills. 

The Paramedic is the highest level of emergency responder training. Our intensive program:

  • Exceeds the current National EMS Education Standards
  • Approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)  

Learning objectives: Information and skill training to initiate and maintain treatment for medical, trauma, and cardiac emergencies. Practice medical emergencies, trauma, OB/GYN, neonatal, pediatric, and difficult airway scenarios in a realistic teaching environment using high-fidelity patient simulators

Certification: Upon successful completion of all four semesters, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic Examination, recognized by the State of Connecticut. In addition, students are eligible to receive college credits from Charter Oak State College.

Effectiveness data:

2021 Reporting Year:
56.8% Students Graduated
Percent of students that graduated from our program
100% Passed Certification Exams
Percent of graduates that passed their NREMT + State exams
100% Positive Placement
Percentage of graduates employed 

Course Locations:

  • Hartford Region – On site at CESI with primary access to Hartford Hospital
    - To learn more about upcoming information sessions please contact us at Paramedic.Training@hhchealth.org
    - To enroll in our Hartford region program: Enroll

  • Fairfield Region – On site at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT
    - To learn more about upcoming information sessions please contact us at HHCEMS@hhchealth.org
    - To enroll in our Fairfield region program: Enroll

Trauma Skills Training for First Responders

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)


16-hour (2-day) course essential for EMS and first responders with potential exposure to mass casualty or active shooter events.

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) equips EMS personnel and first responders with the skills necessary to care for victims during mass casualty and active shooter events. TECC is modeled after a US Military combat course employed by military personnel in the battlefield. Proven again and again on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq, the trauma skills you will learn were refined in combat and customized for first responders.

Using high-fidelity patient simulators and scripted scenarios, training is hands-on and experiential. The course culminates with a final, mass-casualty/active shooter event simulation.

Learning objectives: Learn the trauma and life-saving skills necessary to care for patients during a mass casualty or active shooter event. 

TECC covers the three core phases of trauma care:

  • Phase 1. Direct Threat Care. Under attack or in adverse conditions.
  • Phase 2. Indirect Threat Care. Threat has been suppressed but may resurface at any point.
  • Phase 3. Evacuation Care. While the casualty is being evacuated from the incident site.


  • Hemorrhage control,  including tourniquet application
  • The MARCH (massive hemorrhage, airway, respirations, circulation, head injury/hypothermia) algorithm—an acronym to help remember the proper order to treating massive hemorrhages.
  • Surgical airway control and needle decompression
  • Strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments
  • Pediatric patient care
  • Safe evacuation techniques

Learn skills that could save your canine partner with K-9 Simdog “Axel”

Practice life-saving care techniques for canines with Axel, our high-fidelity canine simulator. Axel growls, whimpers and barks—and teaches how to protect your partner on the job. Meet Axel >



$50/person for active police officers; $175/person for non-police.


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