Indianapolis EMS to Offer Paid EMT Trainee Program

Indianapolis – Indianapolis EMS (IEMS) is launching its next cohort of a training and employment program designed to offer participants a paid pathway to emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and employment with the service upon completion. This unique opportunity will provide an entry point to a life-long heath care career.

Applications are now being accepted for the EMT Trainee program which is available for residents, with no prior EMS experience, to be hired as full-time, benefited employees of IEMS to complete an accelerated EMT certification program and then continue their employment as an EMT, working on an ambulance. The education, training and certification part of the program will take approximately 10 weeks. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who has been interested in a career in either EMS or health care in general, as it provides a paid pathway to a growing, in demand career.

“Working in EMS puts you on the front lines of both public safety and public health, serving your community,” said Dr. Dan O’Donnell, chief of IEMS. “Many people have interest in a health care career, but personal circumstances have made it difficult to pursue. The EMT Trainee program is a fully paid opportunity to enter the world of EMS, to work and learn simultaneously, and have access to a pathway for career growth thanks to our continuing education and tuition reimbursement opportunities for employees.”

The EMT Trainee program is open to anyone at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent and meets driver’s license requirements. Those interested in applying for the program must submit an application by April 1, with the program formally beginning May 9. This can be linked through the “careers” section of For additional information, a series of virtual information sessions will be held on March 14 at 6 p.m. and March 23 at 6 p.m. To RSVP for one of these sessions, please text IEMS to 317.597.8069.

Media availabilities should be directed to Brian Van Bokkelen.