Accredited Training Institution Since 2005
Educating EMTs Since 1983
Healing Hands/Compassionate Hearts
Some basic questions and answers are listed below - prerequisites, content, tuition, etc. Please call us at (978) 912-7203 if you need more information or have other questions not answered here. Thanks.
Students must be
Topics covered include but are not limited to Patient Assessment, Airway Management, Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies, Control of Bleeding, Management of Shock, Emergency Child-birth, Pediatric and Geriatric Considerations, Vehicle Extrication, Patient Assisted Medications, Hazardous Materials, CPR, Cardiac Arrest Management (use of the SAED), Medical/Legal Considerations and Ethical Concerns.
Tuition is $1,650.00 for all StarFire EMS EMT courses. Textbooks are an additional $344.97 (paid to the publisher). Testing is also separate:
Cognitive Exam - $80.00 per attempt
Psychomotor Exam - $150.00 per attempt
State Registration - $150.00
Complete the Registration Form here for the course you would like to attend. Make a payment for tuition (in full or a non-refundable deposit) on our course pages. StarFire EMS accepts payment through PayPal, by personal check, or by cash. We also accept all major credit cards.
Yes. You will need to speak to the Executive Director (call 978 - 912 - 7203) to set up a payment plan. Each installment payment includes a $25.00 service fee.
ONLY the tuition may be financed through StarFire EMS. We are unable to influence payment options for or pricing of textbooks, certification exam, or any non-StarFire EMS practical exam site fee.
You will order your textbook package directly from the publisher, Jones & Bartlett Publishing at the StarFire EMS price (generally about 35% less than the same book package without the StarFire EMS discount). Books are shipped directly to the address you select. Book ordering information can be found on the Initial EMT Programs page.
Taxes, shipping and handling costs are as required by the publisher.
To order books:
If you order the books individually: $870.65. Publisher bundle price: $574.95.
ACTUAL StarFire EMS student cost: $344.97.
Use the link below to take you directly to the Jones & Bartlett website cart where the StarFire EMS price will be shown. You can proceed to the checkout from the link page.
If you'd rather order by calling Customer Service, call Jones & Bartlett Publishers at (800) 832-0034, prompt #2. Book code 12354-8 and promotion code stfems6.
Initial EMT education programs meeting during the summer/day begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. each weekday (Monday through Friday). Evening courses begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. each day class meets. Saturday courses meet from 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. each Saturday class is in session.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and therefore StarFire EMS require 100% attendance. We understand that people get sick, car accidents happen, family emergencies occur. Students must notify the StarFire EMS office at (978) 912-7203 as soon as they know they are going to be absent. Students must request make-up assignments upon their return to class Only students meeting the 100% attendance requirement will be eligible for the State Certification exam.
Please don’t come to class naked! We won't either. Promise!
Seriously, wear clean, comfortable clothing in good repair that demonstrates some degree of modesty and will allow you to participate in all program activities safely. This means pants must secure at the wearer’s natural waist to ensure safety when carrying fellow students up and down stairs or performing other skills in practical skill lab sessions. Shirts must allow room for movement while maintaining modesty. For practical skill lab sessions, students must wear sneakers or some other flat soled, closed toed shoe that will remain secured to the wearer's foot during activities. In short - no clogs, flipflops, 3-inch heels, etc. This is for your safety!
Student must successfully complete all program assignments and exams, must have 100% attendance, and must have paid all applicable tuition and fees. Further, student must be at least 18 years of age to apply for certification.
Once a student is certified by the program instructor as eligible for certification, s/he must omplete the NREMT cognitive exam ($80.00, payable to NREMT) and complete the State-required psychomotor exam (usually $150.00 - $200.00), payable to the exam host site. Once these exams are successfully completed, EMTs must file a certification application with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and pay the application fee (currently $150.00).
StarFire EMS offers a Practical Skills Exam Preparation Course at the modest fee of $295.00 (single payment). This meets from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Monday and Thursday evenings (starting after your Basic EMT Course ends). A State-licensed Basic EMT Examiner walks you through the practical exam process step-by-step so you will know exactly what to expect. This course starts the week after your course ends and continues through the week of your practical skills exam. Historically, students who complete this course do well on the practical skills exam although completing this Prep Course does NOT guarantee a passing performance!
Attending the Practical Skills Exam Prep Course is a good way to keep skills being tested in good form. It also helps ease any anxiety you might have about the test. Miss this at your peril!
Full payment is required by the start of the first class or as detailed under the financing plan. If you withdraw from the program, the financing agreement does not waive this responsibility. Your application fee and initial deposit are non-refundable.
The refund schedule is as follows but is based on the amount paid to date. If you have only made the initial deposit payment that would be the 100% base from which your refund would be computed.
All applications for withdrawal must be made in writing and sent via certified mail. Application for withdrawal that is not in writing will NOT be accepted. Therefore, NO refund will be offered.
Telephone text messages and e-mail messages do not constitute a withdrawal in writing.
Absence from any class will not constitute withdrawal from the program.
Applications for withdrawal made after the course has ended will NOT be considered for withdrawal status.
All program tuition and fees must be paid in full before any application for withdrawal can be processed.
Yes! In Massachusetts, regulations were enacted in 2005 permitting ONLY training institutions awarded accredited training institution status to conduct initial education programs! For EMT courses, if an initial education program is offered by an institution not accredited by OEMS, the program's graduates will NOT be eligible to take the State Certification Exam. For paramedics, if the initial education program is not also accredited by COAEMSP (the Committee on Education for EMS Programs), graduates will not be eligible to sit for the certification exam process - either the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) written exam or the Massachusetts Psychomotor Exam component of the certification process.
Make sure, wherever you take your course, the training institution has current Massachusetts OEMS accreditation status for EMT programs and also COAEMSP accreditation for paramedic courses! StarFire EMS IS accredited in Massachusetts for EMT courses and has been since 2005!