Cooper University Health Care launches EMT training program

As part of its Health Careers Initiative program, Cooper University Health Care, in cooperation with several community organizations, is now offering a new program for students interested in becoming emergency medical technicians.

The Cooper EMT Training Program, developed in partnership with the Camden County board of commissioners, Camden County One Stop, Camden County College, Camden County Workforce Development Board and Hopeworks, will provide low-cost, comprehensive training for an entry-level career in emergency medical services. Some applicants, who meet certain criteria, may qualify for tuition-free training. In addition to providing career opportunities in a rewarding field, the program will also help meet the strong demand for qualified EMTs in the community.

“This program provides access and opportunity for students who are interested in becoming EMTs,” Rick Rohrbach, EMS director of air and ground services at Cooper University Health Care, said. “Working in emergency medical services is an incredibly rewarding career. At Cooper, we are excited to meet and mentor the next generation of EMTs.”

Hopeworks and Camden County Technical Schools will serve as the recruiting and administrative partners to identify qualified applicants for the program.

“Hopeworks is so excited to continue to deepen our partnership with Cooper University Health Care to build more opportunity for Camden’s young adults,” Dan Rhoton, Hopeworks executive director, said.

The inaugural class began Monday at the Joint Health Sciences Center in Camden. After completing the necessary coursework to obtaining the EMT certificate, graduates of the program can participate in an optional 120-hour clinical tour with Cooper EMS. There will be a rolling admission to the program.