Careers At The Crisis Center

Since 1972, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has been committed to bringing help, hope and healing to people facing serious life challenges. What we do and how we do it has changed dramatically over the years—and it will continue to evolve—but there is one thing that has never changed: the extraordinary dedication of Crisis Center volunteers, donors, and staff.

EMT Apprenticeship Program (Paid Education, Plus Flexible Employment!)

Department: TransCare BLS
Location: Tampa, FL

Are you interested in a healthcare career, but not sure you can afford the education costs? Do you enjoy serving your community and want to build a meaningful career? We may have a great option for you!

TransCare, a division of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, is partnering with Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) to provide an EMT Apprenticeship Program!

There are four EMT Apprenticeship cohorts offered each year: the February, May, August, and November cohorts. The next available class is the August 2024 cohort with employment starting as early as June 10th, 2024. Reserve your spot today!

  • 16-week EMT program
    • Grant funding provides full coverage of tuition expense (includes books/materials) - no cost to the student!
    • Classes meet two days per week: Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays.
    • Clinical rotations with TransCare and Tampa General Hospital Emergency Department.
    • EMT program prepares you to meet eligibility requirements and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam and obtain Florida EMT certification.
  • Work full-time or part-time in a flexible schedule starting in the role of Behavioral Health Attendant and progressing to the role of First Responder that accommodates the demands of the EMT program; starting rate is $12.75/hour.
  • Upon receiving EMT certification, promote to EMT with TransCare; starting rate $18.00, with incremental increases over 12 months.
  • Receive mentorship and on-the-job training by experienced EMTs and Field Training Officer's to prepare you for a career in healthcare and EMS.
  • Education Assistance is available for continued education (paramedic, fire, undergraduate, etc.) after completing one year of service and maintaining full-time employment.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, paid time off, and 401(k) are available to eligible employees.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Florida driver's license with a good driving record (greater than one year)
  • Must be able to pass a level 2 criminal background check
  • Must be able to successfully pass pre-employment physical, including 125lb lift test and drug screening.
  • To work in partnering hospitals must complete or provide records of the required EMT program vaccinations.
  • To complete the apprenticeship, individuals must remain employed and in good standing for 12 months or greater upon completion of the UMA EMT program.

Join Us!

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

We want you to be YOU, and you’re encouraged to apply! Come learn more today!

What Next?

Interested parties should apply online via the EMT Apprenticeship Program application with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

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