Admission & Registration

The following admissions policy is for academic program students only. Continuing education students are not bound by the following admission's requirements.


It is our admissions philosophy that society in general will benefit from persons properly trained in emergency care. We therefore encourage anyone interested in one of our EMS academic programs to apply, provided that the following general requirements are met prior to registration.

General requirements for admission to an EMS academic program:

  • 18 years old by course end date
  • Proof of high school graduation (Minimum GPA 2.8/4.0)
  • All previous high school or college transcripts as applicable
  • Signed application form plus a $45 application fee
  • PPD for Tuberculosis within the last 12 months (paramedic only)
  • Mumps, Measles, & Rubella (MMR) immunization (paramedic only)
  • Hepatitis B and Tetanus vaccination (paramedic only)
  • Signed waiver of liability and a police background check
  • Optional oral Interview


Academic program applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in basic math and communication skills on a standardized placement exam. The exam is in English and is offered at no additional cost to those who have met all other acceptance criteria. The placement exam used by the Institute is the commercially prepared Career Programs Assessment test (CPAt). The purpose of requiring an entrance exam is to evaluate an applicant’s individual aptitude and probability of success. Utilizing an entrance exam has proven to limit attrition and to improve graduation rates. The minimum scores required for admissions consideration are located below. Applicants who score less than the minimum accepted level on the exam may be asked to attend a Math or English course prior to reapplying.

Career Programs Assessment Test


English Score: Minimum Required 42/60
Reading Score: Minimum Required


Math Score: Minimum Required


Applicants who have already demonstrated proficiency in grammar, composition, and mathematics may be admitted without taking the standardized exam. The following persons are exempt from the standardized testing requirement:


  • Applicants who have graduated from high school with a 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants who have completed college courses in Math, English, and Biology with a grade of “B” or better


Official transcripts from all previous high schools and colleges must be submitted with your application and fee. The transcripts should be sealed in an envelope by the school and signed or stamped across the back flap by a school representative.

Meeting the requirements for admission does not automatically result in acceptance. The admission's process is competitive. The Institute will give preference to applicants with proven academic aptitude and experience.  We also reserve the right to require remedial training or to dismiss or to exclude any student or applicant whenever the administration deems that it is in the best interest of the Institution or its students. N


NOTE: Individual programs may have additional prerequisites and/or requirements for admission. Please refer to the individual program in the Academic Programs section of our information guidebook or website for specific procedures.

Registration Procedures


Academic program students should fill out an application form and return it to:



            The NIEMS School

            Office of Student Services

401 new York Avenue, NE 2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20002


If you need an application please call our Office of Student Services or fill out an Application Request Form  Please be specific about the course or program that you wish to attend. Selected students will receive additional instructions, a registration form, and a payment form in the mail. Your payment and signed registration form must be returned to us prior to the first day of class to be eligible for enrollment. We reserve the right to cancel any course. If a course is cancelled and you have already paid, a full refund will be issued. Enrollment will be accepted until the first day of class or until the maximum number of students has been reached. Early enrollment is encouraged. Once a course begins, late registration is prohibited. Note: Certain programs may have additional registration procedures; please consult each program directly.





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Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004


NIEMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving emergency care through better education, research, & public policy. 


Established 2001

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