Rural EMT

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has funded a grant program to recruit and train emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in rural areas. SAMHSA recognizes the great need for emergency services in rural areas and the critical role EMS personnel serve across the country. As one of only 27 grant winners in the USA, Sanford EMS Education is using the funds to provide a variety of education to rural EMS agencies and providers. This program grant includes a scholarship that covers the tuition and fees to earn an EMT certification for people in the rural areas of Sanford’s footprint.

How much does this course cost?

The grant provides EMT educational scholarships to residents that want to work and/or volunteer for Sanford service areas as outlined below:

What areas are covered by this grant?

How will this course be held?

The next class will start on January 12th, 2021. Lecture will be held live on Tuesday evenings via web conference. Required labs will held on Thursday evenings in Luverne and Thief River Falls. Students from the Hillsboro and Wheaton areas may attend lab in Fargo including a weekend option.

Are there pre-requisites?

Yes, review our Verified Credentials Form  

Who do I contact for more information or to get registered?

Ambulance Site



 Bagley, MN  James Aagenes  218-694-6501  
 Canby, MN  Michael Greenman  507-530-9442  
 Canton, SD  Robby Vargas  605-764-1460  
 Hillsboro, ND  Tom Taylor, Jr  701-636-3265  
 Luverne, MN  Harlan Vande Kieft  507-370-2441
 Thief River Falls, MN  Kali Muchow  701-388-4883  
Wheaton, MN   Chelsie Falk  320-563-1452  
 Worthington, MN  Dave McNab  507-372-2941  

Open Houses

 Due to covid restrictions, we will be holding virtual open houses. These will start with a short presentation about the program and then time for Q&A. Click on the date below to join via WebEx.

      Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00 PM   Access code: 178 366 3371    Password: pP3TcxhRg33

      Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 PM    Access code: 178 055 5485    Password: yfM3MxexT45 

You can also join by phone by calling 1.312.535.8110 and using the access code above. You won't be able to see any presentations or speakers. 

More about the EMT Course:

Emergency medicine is a very exciting field of study.  Emergency medical services (EMS) represents the combined efforts of several professionals and agencies to provide pre-hospital care to the sick and injured. An EMT is a member of the EMS system who is trained to provide this service. This class is a combination of lecture and practical (hands-on) skills. Access to a laptop computer and basic internet knowledge is highly recommended for this course. This is a semi-blended course - exams and course information is available online.

For more information on what EMS is and how EMTs tie into EMS, please see 

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