EMS is a critical component of the nation’s healthcare system. Indeed, regardless of where they live, work or travel, people across the United States rely on a sufficient, stable and well-trained workforce of EMS providers for help in everyday emergencies, large-scale incidents and natural disasters alike.

To this end, NHTSA’s Office of EMS works collaboratively with its Federal partners to support workforce research and develop resources designed specifically for EMS caregivers. We help coordinate and promote a unified vision for a system of EMS education, publish National EMS Education Standards and a National Standard Curriculum and champion EMS workforce health and safety, among other essential activities.


EMS Education for the Future: A Systems Approach

National EMS Education Standards and Instructional Guidelines

First Responder

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

Additional Resources