Job Title EMS Academy Student*
Location Huntsville, AL*
*Position is based out of Huntsville, AL
Department Training
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Reports to Dea Calce

Department:      Training

Reports to:       Training Manager

FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt

Prepared By:    Human Resources, February 2021


This program provides the entry-level training that will prepare individuals for work as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at HEMSI. Individuals that successfully complete this program will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) examination at the emergency medical technician (EMT) level and will have an understanding of HEMSI-specific clinical policies and procedures. National Registry certification is required for State of Alabama EMT licensure. EMT course completion is also required to continue to Advanced EMT or paramedic-level education.

HEMSI is an at-will employer and does not guarantee employment or continued employment through or after completion of the EMS Academy.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

(Other duties may be assigned)

  • Successfully complete EMT course academic and clinical education requirements
  • Give full attention to lecturers and preceptors in all phases of training
  • Observe all safety and security procedures during vehicle and incident operations
  • Report to class on time and maintain acceptable attendance
  • Take direction from preceptors at clinical education sites
  • Provide excellent customer service to patients and family members
  • Communicate with hospital or other agency personnel to relay information about patients
  • Follow program uniform and appearance standards
  • Maintain up-to-date credentials as required by program administration
  • Adhere to company policies, procedures, and professional standards
  • Maintain a professional demeanor in accordance with the expectations of a public safety employee
  • Must pass a physical abilities test
  • Must maintain insurable driving status
  • Must sign student agreement to include but not limited to the following items:
  • Student must obtain National Registry certification on the first attempt, after completion of the academy. (Pending testing availability, no more than 14 days post academy completion)
  • Students who do not pass on their first attempt will be transitioned from full-time employment to PRN employment. After being transitioned to PRN employment, students will have no more than 60 days to make up to two additional attempts to obtain National Registry certification.
  • Students that successfully complete the EMS Academy and are transitioned to full-time employment as EMTs must agree to work full-time in field operations for a period of not less than two years. Reimbursement of Academy cost will be required at a prorated amount if employment is ended within 2 years.

Upon completion of the EMS Academy and transition to full time employment as an EMT, the following job description will apply.


This position administers life support care to sick and injured persons in pre-hospital setting, in accordance with statewide Treatment Protocols and HEMSI Medical Control Physicians, as authorized and directed by physician and/or paramedic

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

(Other duties may be assigned)

  • Assesses nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures to be followed or need for additional assistance
  • Works efficiently to restore and stabilize cardiac, pulselessness, non-breathing patients
  • Administers initial treatment at emergency scene and takes and records patient's vital signs
  • Remains in good driving status and maintains insurable driving status
  • Communicates with hospital/TCC personnel by HEMSI approved communication methods
  • Maintains up to date credentials regarding licensing and protocol changes
  • Appropriately documents patient care in all HEMSI approved reporting methods
  • Observes all safety and security procedures for their vehicle and station
  • Maintains unit in constant state of readiness through supplies and equipment restocking
  • Efficiently cleans and performs minor maintenance to emergency vehicle
  • Maintains a clean and orderly vehicle and station
  • Assists in direction and coordination of additional personnel on scene, including volunteer responders
  • Faithfully reports to work and maintains acceptable attendance
  • Provides excellent customer service to patients and family members
  • Meets the HEMSI standard on response times

Behavioral Core Competencies:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies daily.  These factors will be used to measure an employee’s performance throughout each workday and program completion.


  • Demonstrates proper attendance and punctuality requirement
  • Time management and prioritizing – uses time efficiently with existing resources
  • Dependability/Reliability - completes tasks on time and accepts responsibility for the best of the organization
  • Maintains standards for safety and security procedures
  • Upholds and implements HEMSI policy and procedures of employment
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to build knowledge and skills in order to share with the organization


  • Strong oral communication skills - to comfort and explain procedures to the patient and family members, give orders, and relay information to others
  • Exhibits effective written communication in patient documentation
  • Demonstrates teamwork with co-workers and supports organizational success
  • Displays confidence in self and others
  • Provides excellent customer service
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal skill and compassion to offer emotional support in patient care
  • Maintains highest standards of professionalism
  • Maintains HIPAA guidelines and HEMSI privacy policies concerning confidentiality in dealing with patients, patient family members, and others within the community


  • Problem solving – discovers, analyzes, and solves problems to overcome obstacles
  • Initiative – identifies opportunities and issues, and proactively acts to follow through on work activities to capitalize or resolve them
  • Innovative – generates unique ideas for improving work
  • Listening – accurately receives information and reciprocates effectively to party received from
  • Navigation skills – ability to reach desired destinations and minimize incidents of getting lost in routes
  • Exhibits adaptability – can change in demanding work environment when unexpected events happen for the best environmental fit
  • Decision making skills – can make accurate judgments and can weigh significant risks in making critical decisions
  • Demonstrates attention to detail in patient care reporting


  • Assesses patient’s condition and assists Paramedic in determining a course of treatment


Hard Skill Requirements:

  • Mathematical Skills - Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
    1. Ability to obtain State of Alabama EMSP License as EMT
    2. Ability to obtain Healthcare Provider CPR Certification
    3. Ability to obtain EVOC – once employed/promoted must obtain and maintain
    4. Must have a Valid and current driver’s license
  • Education and/or Experience – High school diploma or general education degree (GED).

Soft Skill Requirements:

  • Language Skills - Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Writing Skills - Ability to legibly write routine reports and correspondence.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

This position requires significant physical strength and dexterity and the ability to function in very adverse environments with exposure to numerous safety risks typically found at emergency scenes, which could include extreme weather conditions, moving mechanical parts and high, precarious places.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move a minimum of 120 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

At times, may be required to work unscheduled overtime due to unpredictable occurrences including significant weather events.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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