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Community Emergency Medical Technician Training



Community Health Emergency Medical Services (CHEMS) is an innovative model where emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are incorporated into the general healthcare delivery system and extend the reach of primary care into a patient’s environment. CHEMS personnel are healthcare providers who receive additional education, work within a medical-health neighborhood, and assist the primary care team to implement a patient care plan. CHEMS personnel operate within their current scope of practice as EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics. These providers act in an expanded role within the medical-health neighborhood.

What Is A Community Emergency Medical Technician?

Community Emergency Medical Technician (CEMT) work in collaboration with local public health agencies, primary care and specialty care providers by assessing and evaluating community services and systems in order to identify gaps in healthcare services in both urban and rural, medically-underserved communities. CEMTs help fill gaps in local healthcare by using existing EMTs/AEMTs in expanded roles. CEMTs may focus on providing primary care, post-discharge follow-up care, integration with local public health agencies, and/or providing education and health promotion programs.


EMTs in rural communities are trusted and respected for their medical expertise and are often consulted for healthcare advice by their friends and neighbors. The knowledge they developed as first responders may be equally useful to them as part of the primary-care team. The CEMT model can benefit rural EMS agencies by reducing requests for non-urgent services. CEMTs may work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, discharge planners, pharmacists, community paramedics, and other members of the healthcare team.  CEMTs help individuals and communities overcome barriers that prevent them from accessing and benefiting from healthcare services. They may serve as advocates, facilitators, liaisons, community brokers and resource coordinators to reach optimal levels of wellness for everyone.  

What is the CEMT training program?

Idaho State University, in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness and Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care, with funding from the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), is offering training for Idaho residents who are interested in becoming CEMTs.

Training will be delivered in 13-weeks of a hybrid core curriculum and 5 additional asynchronous self-paced Health Specific Modules (HSM).  The CEMT course is delivered live, online via a web-based classroom tentatively on TBD evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 PM (MST).  Instructors are TBD.  The CEMT core course includes 39 hours of live on-line or in-person learning plus an additional 9 hours of asynchronous Health Specific Modules for a total of 48 hours of coursework.  If you are interested in taking the CEMT course, please email

Training Course Goals

EMTs who successfully complete the CEMT training will be eligible to assume a position as a CEMT and assist in the development and implementation of a CHEMS program within their community. The course is designed to teach already licensed EMT’s and Advanced EMT’s. After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to:

  • Understand Community Health EMS
  • Understand the Roles and Responsibilities of the Community Health Provider
  • Assess the needs of their community and identify gaps
  • Communicate more effectively with patients
  • Understand patients in a more holistic manner
  • Conduct a medication inventory

The Community EMT will be providing service in an expanded role. They will also serve as liaisons and advocates for their CHEMS Program.  This course will provide introduction and resources to these concepts.

Students successfully completing the core course will be provided with a certificate of completion.

How can I become a CEMT?

There is no cost for Idaho residents to participate in the course, however, students and their employers must agree to submit information to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) after course completion. Interested individuals must seek approval from the IDHW's Bureau of EMS and Preparedness program to take the training. To complete an application, please log into the IGEMS website  to your account where you will find the Student Application.  After you complete and submit, the EMS Bureau will review. After approval, the Bureau will email you an access code and a link to enroll in the CEMT course (available July 1, 2018).  

To qualify for the CEMT training course students must:

  • Be current Idaho residents
  • Be a licensed EMT or AEMT
  • Agree to participate in the SHIP initiative and submit data to IDHW on a quarterly basis for one full year after completing the training program

Students who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate verifying course completion.