Priority Ambulance now accepting applications for free accelerated EMT class in February

Priority Ambulance is offering the chance to become an EMT for free in just eight weeks. The company is now accepting applications for an EMT-Basic course with free tuition, certification and testing. To further remove barriers to entering the EMS field, Priority Ambulance is also offering a training wage and full benefits package as a full-time employee during classroom hours throughout the course.

Priority Ambulance is offering this course in partnership with Roane State Community College’s continuing education program. Instruction is provided by Priority Ambulance EMS educators.

“The EMS industry has a real need for talented, dedicated students to begin their careers in EMS,” said Priority Ambulance Professional Development and Accreditation Manager. “Priority Ambulance has positions immediately available for these students, and this course is the first steppingstone towards continuing to develop their skills in EMS or entering other areas of the healthcare and public safety field. By providing a free class and a wage for them to complete training full-time, we hope to remove all financial barriers towards that goal.”

Priority Ambulance will accept an initial 12 students into its EMT class in February; however, the company will be operating this course multiple times in 2020. Applicants not accepted into this program will have the opportunity to put their application forward for a second identical class that will begin in early summer.

Those accepted into the free course will be fully trained and onboarded to begin working on a Priority ambulance in eight weeks upon passing the national registry exam. The course is offered with a two-year employment commitment.

To apply, interested individuals should fill out an application at The second step is to attend a mandatory open interview session and assessment. Two options are being offered for these sessions:

  • Thursday, January 30 at 6 p.m.
    Priority Ambulance of Tennessee, 910 Callahan Drive, Suite 101, Knoxville, TN 37912
  • Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m.
    Priority Ambulance of Tennessee, 910 Callahan Drive, Suite 101, Knoxville, TN 37912

Applicants should allot approximately two to three hours in order to complete the interviews and assessments.

“Upon passing their exam, our students are immediately able to work on an ambulance making up to $30,000 a year,” said Asher. “With a company-sponsored paramedic class, they can advance their career to make up to $45,000 a year in a short time. This is a great opportunity.”

The coursework for the class will begin on Feb. 17 and students will graduate from the course to take their national registry exams in April.

Priority Ambulance provides nonemergency medical transportation serving medical facility partners in Knox and Blount counties and is the 9-1-1 ambulance partner to Loudon County. Priority Ambulance has served East Tennessee since 2014 and is the only national ambulance company headquartered in Tennessee.

This week, Loudon County Commission voted to award Priority Ambulance a new five-year contract to provide 911 and emergency service to the county with an option for another five-year renewal. The students in the EMT-Basic class will complete their ride-along requirements included as part of this course in advanced life support ambulances in Loudon County.