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What is EMS

Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is an integral part of the healthcare system in your community.  The EMS system consists of licensed providers at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic levels with additional credentials to serve specialty areas as well.


Pre-hospital emergency care allows individuals that are experiencing a significant medical or traumatic incident to receive care prior to, and while enroute, to the community hospital’s emergency department.  These health care practitioners can provide and advancing level of care based on the licensure level including many advanced treatments reserved for the most serious patients. 


As an individual looking to join the EMS system, you are looking to join the elite operations of healthcare, as we are called to treat patients in a variety of conditions from their home setting, to a those such as vehicle collisions on a major roadway, water incidents, professional sporting events to name just a few. 


If you are a caring and compassionate individual that is looking for an opportunity to get into the health care profession, make an impact in your community and help a neighbor in need, EMS is right for you.  Look below to see how to get started. 

How to Get Started (if you are new to the profession)

The pathway into the profession starts with EMT, continues to AEMT, and then Paramedic. 


You will start by making application to a state approved initial EMS Education location. There are several in the region that you can see below. Upon successful completion, you will complete the application requirements for the State of Tennessee and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician’s cognitive and psychomotor examinations.


Are you licensed as an EMT or Advanced EMT and want to go to the next level, you will return to the initial education institution and attend the next level.  Each institution has a different start so be in contact with each. 


How to Get Started (if you are licensed and coming from out of state)

The State Office of EMS publishes the Reciprocity Requirements for EMS Professional License.  That document is located:

R2 EMS Educational Locations


            American Medical Response

            Levels Available: EMT and Advanced EMT

            10140 Gallows Point Way

            Knoxville, TN 37931

            (865) 573-5779


            Anderson County EMS

            Levels Available: EMT and Advanced EMT

           314 Public Safety Lane

            Clinton, TN 37716

            (865) 457-9701


            Jefferson County EMS

            Levels Available: EMT and Advanced EMT

           581 West Old Andrew Johnson Highway

            New Market TN, 37820

            (865) 471-9001


            Priority Ambulance Service

            Levels Available: EMT and Advanced EMT

            910 Callahan Drive

            Knoxville, TN 37912

            (865) 688-4999


            Roane State Community College (multiple campuses)

            Levels Available: EMS, Advanced EMT and Paramedic

            132 Hayfield Road

            Knoxville, TN 37922


            Walters State Community College (multiple campuses)

            Levels Available: EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic

            500 Davey Crockett Parkway

            Morristown, TN


            (423) 585-2671

Additional Resources:

            State of Tennessee Office of EMS:


            National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians:

            National Association of EMTs:

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