EMS Pathways Academy

Earn a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification to start a great career.

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Student internship

This EMS Pathways Academy provides students training to learn what it is like to be an Emergency Medical technician (EMT) and to take the EMT certification test. 

  • There is no cost to apply.
  • Selected participants are paid $15.00 an hour.

Commitment to diversity

The City of Minneapolis is committed to help the local EMS workforce be diverse and reflect the community it serves. Multi-lingual and people from all cultures are welcome to take part. We are here to help you succeed. The first class of graduates included 91% of color and was over 50% female. 

Instructor observing student learning CPR on dummy


How it works

  • Attend an informational session
  • Met the applicant requirements
  • Pass the physical exam
  • Complete and submit your application
  • Receive notification of your acceptance
  • Attend, in-person, all classes
  • Take the EMT certification test

Applicant requirements

Interested applicants must meet all of these requirements:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be authorized to work in the United States
  • Be able to attend a daytime 12-week course

Hiring process

  • Screening session 1: pre-selection testing and intake
  • Screening session 2: panel interviews and physical agility exam
  • Selected candidates undergo pre-employment background check

Class dates and times

  • Class are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Classes start April 25, 2022.

Apply now

Apply on the City's internship page

Past information sessions

Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center

Register to attend


2001 Plymouth Ave N.

Minneapolis, MN 55411

Attendance type: In person


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Time of event

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Minneapolis American Indian Center

Register to attend


1530 E. Franklin Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Attendance type: In person


Saturday, February 5, 2022

Time of event

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minneapolis Firefighter Local 82

Union Hall

Register to attend


1811 University Ave. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Attendance type: In person


Monday, February 7, 2022

Time of event

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Contact us

Fire Department

General Information Phone







City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 233
Minneapolis, MN 55415