Admission Process

St. Vincent EMS Education provides equal opportunity to all applicants. The programs are selective. We evaluate applicants based on merit without discrimination on the basis of age, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Each EMS program level in the EMS Education Department has individual requirements for admission to the program. Class size is limited in each of the classes. To be considered for the program, applicants must be at least 18 years old AND possess a high school diploma. All students must read, write, comprehend and speak the English language fluently. Students must be currently certified in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) at the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider level upon the course start date and maintain this certification throughout the program. Additionally, specific immunizations are required by St. Vincent EMS Education and the clinical affiliates such as TB skin testing, Influenza vaccine and others as recommended for the specific program. These immunizations protect both the student and the patients with which they come into contact. The student may be able to opt out of certain immunizations, due to health or religious reasons, if approved by the occupational health office at St. Vincent Hospital. Documentation must be provided prior to the start of the program in order to be considered.


Listed below are the admission requirements for each level. These are program specific and in addition to the St. Vincent EMS Education admission requirements.

LEVEL Emergency Medical Technician Emergency Paramedic
Driver’s License x x
Diploma / GED /
College Transcript
x x
Application x x
Essay x
References x
Written x
Practical x
Interview x

Individuals interested in any of our EMS programs must submit an application to be considered for acceptance into the respective program. Our class size is limited to ensure a strong student to faculty ratio.

All applicants receiving a contingent acceptance into a program must pass a physical exam, background check, and drug screening provided by St. Vincent Hospital.

Paramedic applicants must meet all prerequisites before beginning the application testing process. The testing process is very competitive and not every applicant who applies to the program will be selected. To learn more about the selection process, see “Emergency Paramedic Program” in this section.