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The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course prepares students to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to Emergency Medical Services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMRs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, and special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting.
By taking this course, you will receive certification as an Emergency Medical Responder and also BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR certification, which allow you to apply for jobs, attend EMT school, and volunteer with Gator EMR to get hands-on medical experience. Our class is offered every semester of the academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer C), so you can take the class whenever it fits your schedule!

Here Are a Few of the Skills You Will Learn:
Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Common Medical Illnesses
Maintaining Open Airways with Oral and Nasal Airway Devices
Recognizing Trauma Cases and Performing Pre-Hospital Interventions
Performing Primary and Secondary Patient Assessments
Methods for Immobilizing C-Spine and Backboarding
Applying Traction Splints, Tourniquets, and Wound Dressings
Taking Vitals and Relaying Information to Transport Personnel

As an EMR student, you will have access to all Gator EMR membership benefits, including Fire Rescue ride-alongs. We have trained hundreds of students how to save lives, and we want to train you next! Registration instructions and details for upcoming EMR classes will be posted on this page and our Facebook when they are announced. Email us at if you have any questions!


  • Who teaches the course?

    Professor David Sutton
    David Sutton is a Firefighter/Paramedic for Gainesville Fire Rescue with 9 years of field experience. Outside of the EMR course, he works as both a front-line responder, a SWAT Medic, and an assistant professor for the Santa Fe College Paramedic program. As a University of Florida alumnus with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, he is passionate about medical education and community outreach. For his outstanding work, Professor Sutton has been awarded both Firefighter of the year and EMS provider of the year from Gainesville Fire Rescue. He is currently collaborating with Captain Joseph Hillhouse to develop the first Community Resource Paramedic program in Gainesville, which will connect underutilized resources to local underserved populations. In his free time, David enjoys volunteering with the P.K. Yonge Robotics team and spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and newborn son, Xavier.
  • Do I need any prior certifications to take this course?

    Not at all! All you need is an interest in learning about Emergency Medicine, and we will teach you the rest. If you do have prior certifications or experience, that is also excellent! Our class is composed of students from all academic interests and experience levels, there are no requirements whatsoever.
  • How long does the certification last?

    The EMR certification lasts 2 years from the date of course completion. The BLS for Healthcare Providers certification also lasts for 2 years after completion.
  • Must I be a UF student to take this course?

    You do have to be a current UF student to take our EMR course. We accommodate enrolled students, faculty and affiliated staff in our course.
  • Will this affect my GPA or go on my transcript?

    No! This is a certification course, and does not affect your GPA or college grades in any way. If you complete the course with higher than an 80% and the required amount of hours, you will receive your certificate.
  • Are there any tests or quizzes?

    We want you to be proficient in your knowledge and skills, so we do administer several assessments throughout the course. There are 10 online quizzes, a multiple-choice midterm, and a practical/multiple-choice final exam. Most students find that our assessments are straightforward and do not require much time to study for outside the classroom.
  • I'm taking other classes, what time commitment can I expect from this course?

    We try to make the class as minimally time consuming as possible, but we always recommend to study outside of class and practice the skills we teach you! There are no assessments other than 10 short quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam based on the skills you learn. Most students find that they can easily balance the EMR course with any other classes they have.
  • Do I have to take a CPR course separately?

    No, we will teach the BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR class on your first lab day. Therefore, attendance on the first day is especially important and mandatory.
  • Are there any required textbooks?

    Although not required, we recommend the following textbook for the class, as quiz and exam material is taken from it:

    Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care | ISBN: 9781449693008 | Author: AAOS.
  • Are there any required supplies?

    We do require you to purchase a manual sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope for the class. We will be taking vital signs regularly, and these supplies are necessary for practice. We will give you tips on what and where to buy these supplies after you register!
  • How much does it cost?

    The cost of the EMR class is $70. This includes the cost of CPR certification, GFR ride-alongs, and club membership.
  • What can I do with my certifications?

    Your EMR and CPR certificates will build your resume and allow you to apply for jobs that require basic First Responder level training.

    Do you have a passion for teaching? If you excel in your EMR class, we will invite you to become a Lab Teaching Assistant for future classes!

    With your EMR certification, we highly recommend that you volunteer with the UF Division of Public Safety's Emergency Medical Response Unit (GEMRU) where you can participate in medical Event Standbys and ride-alongs with medical unit teams. These opportunities offer you direct patient contact hours that you can report on professional school applications.

    EMR certification is also a prerequisite for many Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) schools, and many of our students go to EMT school during the Summer after their EMR class.

    Once the EMR class begins, you will be given an online account where you will also have access to local job and volunteer openings that our members post. There are many ways to utilize your EMR and CPR certificates, and Gator EMR can help you find the opportunities that you are looking for!
  • I saw other group(s) advertising an EMR class, are they with Gator EMR?

    We are aware of other group(s) offering EMR classes in online and audio formats, however, we are not affiliated with them in any way. It is understood that there are currently no other registered student organizations at the University of Florida that offer EMR classes nor have the same professional affiliations that we do. If you are not registering for EMR at, you are not registering with our organization. Gator EMR is an official organization at UF affiliated with the UF Department of Emergency Medicine, UF Police Department, and the UF Department of Recreational Sports. We guarantee that all of our members and students will receive exclusive opportunities unmatched by other groups on the UF campus.

    With our in-class lecture format, you only have to devote time to EMR once or twice per week, depending on your lab section, and there are no lectures to watch outside of class. We try to make things easy and less time consuming for you, plain and simple. Choose which learning style works for you!

Past EMR Classes