​Interested in being part of Wake County EMS?  Here's a look at our hiring process.

  1. Online Application
  2. Physical Ability Test
  3. Assessment Center
    • Written Test
    • Oral Interview
    • Patient Care Simulation
  4. Academy

Our hiring process is typically run three times a year and begins with the open application period. Paramedic positions are posted on the Wake County Human Resources page. In some hiring sessions, we’ll also post EMS Technician positions, which are for EMTs, Intermediates or Advanced EMTs.

Selected applicants will be invited to a physical ability test (PAT). Physical ability tests are scheduled as 1-hour sessions in the morning or afternoon. Candidates have two opportunities to pass the test during that session.

Those who pass will continue to the assessment center. The PAT and assessment centers are scheduled on two consecutive days to make it easy for out-of-town travel.

Assessment centers contain three segments. Allow 3 hours total to complete all segments.

Segment 1:  Written test for your certification level

Segment 2:  Standard oral interview panel

Segment 3:  Patient care simulation using a high-fidelity human patient simulator

The written exam and simulation are graded based on national standard curricula.

Candidates are not required to know Wake County EMS System protocols to successfully complete these assessment stations.

The physical ability test, assessment center and academy are held at:

Wake County Emergency Services Education Center
221 S. Rogers Lane, Suite 160
Raleigh, NC  27610

It is important to understand that the hiring process may take up to 3–6 months before those who are hired reach their first paid workday, which is Day 1 of the academy. The length of time it takes depends on when during the open application period you apply.

EMS Hiring Process Timeline

Open application periods generally begin about 6 months before Day 1 of the academy. Applications usually remain open about 10 weeks, but the length of the period may vary.

Questions? Call us at 919-856-6020.