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Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Emergency Medical Responders provide initial lifesaving care to patients who enter the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide basic lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. EMRs can provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies. Under medical supervision, Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment. EMRs are a vital part of the comprehensive EMS response.

Upcoming Emergency Medical Responder Classes

History of EMR

In 1966, the committees on Trauma and Shock of the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council published a report titled “Accidental Death and Disability.” This report brought attention to the inadequate emergency care being provided
throughout much of the country. To help alleviate this problem, the Department of Transportation (DOT) developed nationally standardized curriculums for the training of prehospital care providers. The first curriculum developed (and cornerstone of all the prehospital care training) is the Emergency Medical Responder - Basic. This curriculum was revised in 1998, known as the EMR-Basic National Standard Curriculum, and revised again most recently in 2009 as the National EMS Education Standards where the title of EMR-Basic was changed to Emergency Medical Responder.

Primary Focus of EMR

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Responder is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation.

Emergency Medical Responders function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Responders perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Responder is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.



Skills Learned:

State of Montana requirements to attend this EMR course:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent No prior felony convictions
  • Approved by the Course Director or Medical Director (ALS providers)
  • Attain CPR certification, AHA Health Care Provider, prior to course completion date

Recertification requirements for EMRs:

  • Complete an 8 hour EMR refresher course every two years
  • Complete 4 hours of individual CEs every two years
  • Complete 5 hours of state-local directed CEs every two years

Course costs:

Flathead County is funding the EMR course for all participants.

**If a participant signs up but does not attend the course, that participant is completely liable for the full cost of the course.

Full course cost - $815.00

This course is not currently offered at our Bozeman Campus.

Required Textbook
Emergency Medical Responder: First on Scene 11th Edition
by Chris Le Baudour (Author), J. David Bergeron (Author), Keith Wesley (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0134988467

Course study and commitment:

It is estimated that you will spend over 60 hours in the classroom, 30 online, and an additional 10 hours in the Emergency Room for patient observation. To say the least, this course is INTENSE and moves very quickly! It requires MATURITY, DEDICATION and plenty of extra STUDY time. We suggest that for every classroom hour you attend,
you must commit to an additional hour of outside study.

If you are an MSU student with a heavy course load, it is NOT recommended to take this course. In the past, MSU students who carried heavy academic course loads had a very hard time completing this course.

We strongly recommend you get involved with study groups and continually practice your skills and book knowledge throughout the entire course.

EMR Course Attendance and Completion Criteria
Successful completion of this course of instruction authorizes the EMR Candidate to compete the MT BOME Licensing Examination process. As a professional licensing organization, the MT BOME holds the Course Directors of EMS provider courses personally responsible, under the professional conduct rule, for the initial and continued competency of licensed EMS providers. Due to this professional accountability of the
Course Director, the BOME does not set PASS/FAIL criteria for EMS courses in MT.

This undefined benchmark for competency results in inconsistency of criteria between instructors and ultimately results in inconsistent entry-level competencies of licensed EMS providers.
We are committed to educating highly competent entry-level EMS providers and consequently maintains excellent relations with local and regional agencies who ultimately wish to hire only the most competent EMS provider. As a fundamental course in emergency medicine, this course is academically rigorous, requires a significant time commitment, and ultimately depends of the individual effort of the EMR

EMR Course ADA Policy
This is a Montana Board of Medical Examiners approved EMR training course for the singular purpose of authorization of EMR Candidates the opportunity to complete Licensing Examinations for the State of Montana Board of Medical Examiners (MT BOME). The MT BOME expects licensed EMRs to be physically capable of performing as
such therefore it is necessary for the EMR Candidate to understand the physical abilities needed to be eligible to continue in this course of instruction.

Additional Information

For additional information or questions please contact Kevin Box, Director of MED-ED- kbox@bestpracticemedicine.com or John Thompson Flathead Campus Manager -jthomson@bestpracticemedicine.com