Maurice L. Kemp EMS Cadet Program Accepting Applications July 8, 2021

Published on July 07, 2021

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The Maurice L. Kemp EMS Cadet Program provides at risk youth, between the ages of 18 to 25 years old, who reside in Miami Dade County area with the opportunity to learn a new skill in the field of emergency response. The MLK EMS Cadet Program is an estimated 4-to-5-month program of study comprised of two components: First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician.  Once the cadets have completed all course requirements and passed the State of Florida EMT certification exam, he/she will have gained the technical skills and knowledge needed to fulfil and excel in roles/positions in the emergency services industry.  

First Responder Component

The First Responder course is a 7-week program that enables the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively in the pre-hospital emergency environment. The individual trained in this course will have more skills than someone who is trained in basic first aid but they are not a substitute for advanced medical care rendered by emergency medical technicians and/or paramedics.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Component

The Emergency Medical Technician program is a one semester program of study. Before entry into the Emergency Medical Technician program, the student must have completed training as a First Responder or equivalent and college prep coursework or higher to be eligible for these classes. 

Areas of study in this program include Trauma Management, Medical Management, CPR, and EMS Field Experience.

Estimated time to complete the EMT program: 16 weeks.

REQUIEMENTS: Please submit the following documentation with the application.

*** Must be a Miami Dade County resident.

  • Complete application 
  • Valid State of Florida driver’s license
  • High School Diploma 
  • SAT and ACT Score Report 


All candidates will be subject to a thorough background check and be required to pass a drug screening prior to acceptance in the program.

 * Please note that candidates selected are responsible for their own transportation to the campus and to various agencies in the community to which they are assigned for clinical experiences. The candidates participating in the clinical portion of a program are required to complete the Miami Dade College Student Health Record and criminal background check. If a student must work for financial support; the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week during program.


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