EMS Instructor Course

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Class Description

This is a 90-hour course intended for those who want to be EMS instructors. This program provides instructor candidates with the skills they need to develop and teach EMS programs. Candidates learn about the task of teaching adult learners, including the important concept of multiple intelligences. The course curriculum includes in-person lectures, hands-on practical training, and online learning.  An additional 25 hours of student teaching (outside of this course) are required after successful completion of the course.  Upon course completion, successful candidates can apply for State of Connecticut certification as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Instructor.

Topics covered

Development and use of lesson plans

Following, and understanding objectives (Affective, Cognitive, and Psychomotor)

Teaching in the following areas: small group sessions, direct classroom (large group) instruction, and Student-centered teaching methodology

Psychomotor instruction and evaluation

Student remediation

Course Materials

This course includes all necessary books and materials including:

  • Teaching Health Careers Education textbook;
  • 11th Edition of Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured Book, Instructor Toolkit and Premier Navigate 2 access;
  • 11th Edition of Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured Book, and 
  • all national educational material.

Requirements & Certification 

The requirements for EMS-Instructor certification in Connecticut state the applicant must: 

  • be certified in Connecticut as an EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic and be able to demonstrate active service as an EMS provider for at least 24 months in the last 36 months.
  • complete a department-approved EMS-Instructor certification course.
  • demonstrate a grade of 90% or higher on an EMT-Refresher examination in the last 12 months (this may be completed during the EMS-I course at one of Echo Hose Training Center’s EMT Refresher courses).
  • log at least 25 hours of student teaching time under currently certified Emergency Medical Services Instructors.
  • submit two letters of recommendation from 2 currently certified Emergency Medical Services Instructors.

Participants may apply to complete student instruction hours with Echo Hose Ambulance Training Center’s EMS team or may arrange to complete their teaching hours with other EMS Instructors.

Once all requirements are completed, participants may submit their certification application to OEMS.

All EMS courses must be approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and must meet the course-specific requirements set by the Department.

Class Dates & Times:  

All classes will be held on Saturdays 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Cost of course:  



Pre-registration is required.
$400.00 deposit (non-refundable) is required to reserve a seat in the class.

Class location

Echo Hose Community Training Center
430 Coram Ave Shelton, CT

Frequently Asked Questions

Students can take the practical state exam here in Shelton at our Training Center. Tests are offered twice a month and proctored by the State of Connecticut at our training center.

We are located at 430 Coram Ave in the former St. Joseph Grammar School in Shelton.  We have a well lit, off-street parking lot for students. All EMS classrooms are air-conditioned, equipped with new clean tables, chairs, advanced technology and new EMS training equipment.

Our professional, experienced CT EMS Certified Instructors have been leading EMS programs for many years. All instructors are State of CT Certified Instructors.  Our team of instructors has a minimum of 8 years experience with most having upwards of 20-30 years working and teaching in Emergency Services.  All our equipment is dedicated to our training programs and always in great working condition.  Students also complete their clinical time working along-side our amazing field providers in a busy ambulance service that responds to over 5,300 emergencies each year.  In addition, our instructors and training team will help refer and give leads to many volunteer and job opportunities to students. All students sit comfortably in a dedicated training center (former school) without interruption or distractions.

Students should dress comfortably while maintaining business casual attire. Jeans, pants without rips and tears, appropriate length shorts, shirts, t-shirts, and closed rubber sole shoes, such as sneakers are acceptable.  Tank Tops, Short shorts, low riding pants or shorts, or open-toe shoes are not allowed. *During the COVID Pandemic, masks are required by all students.

Our facility and equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each class.  Masks are to be worn at all times when in the facility by all students and instructors. All students and staff are required to complete a pre-health screening and temperature check prior to entering the facility during each class.  For a full list of our safety measures, please visit the COVID 19 rules on our main page.

You must turn 16 by the last day of the course.

No- not all students take the class with the intentions of becoming certified. Also, the student can take the certification exam(s) at any appropriate testing location, within two years of finishing the class.

To keep the tuition as low as possible for all students, we have decided to use the electronic version of the text book as most students prefer this option.  If you would like to purchase the hardcover book, we will provide you with information as to how to order a hard copybook at a discounted price. We do have used text books for sale.

Class attendance and participation in all scheduled classes are required.  If you need to miss a class due to illness or a personal reason, the student is responsible for the work missed.

No, the State of CT exam is coordinated by Echo Hose Ambulance but administered and overseen by the State of CT OEMS State Chief Examiner. All test results are kept confidential with the State OEMS Departments and only provided to the students Lead Instructor.  Please contact your lead instructor for results.

The class is $985 and includes all the materials needed for the course.  This includes an electronic textbook, online test prep materials, CPR book and Card, job referral assistance and resume assistance upon request.

Yes, our training team regularly provides off site training across the State of Connecticut for business, schools and various organizations.  We are happy to visit your business or school and provide your staff with on site CPR, First Aid, Bleeding Control, Narcan Training, Daycare CPR/First Aid Training or even coordinate an EMT or EMR class at your location. To schedule a class, please email us at office@sheltonems.com or call 203-924-5500

Yes, Echo Hose Ambulance offers multiple free training classes a year including CPR, First Aid, Bleeding Control, Substance Abuse Prevention, Narcan Administration, Mental Health First Aid and numerous Federally Funded FEMA sponsored programs.  Please visit our community classes page for more information.

Yes, certified EMT(s) can begin to volunteer or find a career in EMS once they complete their testing and become certified as an EMT with the State of Connecticut and/or NREMT.

There are no prerequisites for taking the EMT course.  We recommend a great attitude, an ability to have fun and a willingness to learn from some amazing instructors.

Our team of Instructors and EMS Field Providers give 100% of themselves to ensure we provide the resources to help each student have the opportunity to advance and obtain their future goals.

Joe Laucella Assistant Chief of Echo Hose Ambulance

The Echo Hose Difference

Top-notch instruction

EMS companies know that we graduate the best in the business. EMS is a job that requires skill and expertise; you’re responsible for peoples’ lives. We want you to be able to hit the ground running and that’s what we prepare you for - success.


Our EMS classes are the most affordable in the region.


We know it takes many hands and hearts to solve the complex issues communities face, and we try to do our part.  We provide emergency ambulance service to over 5,300 emergency calls each year,  provide free community training programs to hundreds of citizens, collect food for the local pantries, collect toys for children during the holidays and we partner with over twenty Not-For-Profits providing them with free training space for meetings, trainings and community programming.

Communities We Serve

Echo Hose offers EMS classes and training to residents in all towns and cities in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York.

Connecticut: Bridgeport, Bristol, Darien, Greenwich, Hartford, New Haven, Shelton, Stamford, Waterbury, Westport, and more!

New York: Chappaqua, Scarsdale, White Plains, and more!


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