County Executive Page Announces Apprenticeship EMT Program with Abbott EMS in the Ritenour School District


St. Louis County, MO (January 27, 2020) - On Tuesday, January 28, County Executive Sam Page will be announcing a new program to train young people for a career as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) through Abbott EMS. Members of the media are invited to attend.

The accelerated apprenticeship program offers an earn-as-you-learn opportunity for those interested in becoming EMTs. At the end of the intensive six-week program, students will take the National Registry EMT exam. Those who pass will qualify for a Missouri EMT-B license and are eligible for full-time employment as an Abbott EMT.

The high school program is an expansion of the EMT Academy for adults. This new program provides high school students with hands-on learning to begin their career immediately following graduation. The high school program started earlier this year through Ritenour School District has 12 students currently enrolled, taking place over the 14-week semester, 2.5 hours a day, for nine college credits.

“Providing students with pathways to success should start while they are still in high school. For some, this may mean college prep and ACT classes, but many others plan to start working full time after graduation instead,” said County Executive Sam Page. “We need to ensure all our students feel prepared for their adult lives and professional careers, whichever path they take.”

Tuition, supplies, and uniforms are provided for free to students enrolling in the Ritenour program. Students who pass the program and EMT exam are guaranteed a job with Abbott.

“We are inspired by the interest in the program at Ritenour and are excited to get this program to more high schools across the St. Louis area,” said Mark Corley, Regional Director of AMR, Abbott’s parent company. “Getting this program into more high schools is one more way we can offer students another avenue to consider after graduation.”

In previous programs through Abbott and Abbott’s parent company, AMR, 97% of graduates pass the practical exam and 90% pass the written exam on the first attempt. Graduates of both EMT programs can anticipate starting salaries greater than $12/hr with benefits and advancement opportunities.

The event will be 8:30a.m. Tuesday, January 28 at Ritenour High School, 9100 St. Charles Rock Rd.

For more information on the Abbott High School EMT program and EMT Academy, contact Stephanie Wright with Abbott at (314) 678-4102