EMS Pathways Academy

Earn a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. Start your career in the Minneapolis Fire Department.

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 $17.05 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. 

Information session presentation

You can:

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:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • 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 March 25, 2024

Apply now

Applications are closed.

Past information sessions

Minneapolis Firefighter Museum

Attendance type: In person


Saturday, January 6, 2024

Time of event

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


664 22nd Ave. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center

Attendance type: In person


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Time of event

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


2001 Plymouth Ave N.

Minneapolis, MN 55411

Many Rivers East Building

Attendance type: In person


Saturday, January 13, 2024

Time of event

10 a.m. – 12 p.m..


1508 East Franklin Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Brian Coyle Neighborhood Center

Attendance type: In person


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Time of event

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


420 15th Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55454

Contact us

Fire Department

General Information







City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 133
Minneapolis, MN 55415