Schools for Aspiring Ambulance Drivers: How to Choose

Ambulance drivers are responsible for transporting patients from an emergency situation to a hospital or other health facility. They must have the requisite training to perform emergency medical procedures as part of the emergency medical team. Certificate programs at the emergency medical technician (EMT)-basic level, available at schools across the U.S., typically qualify students for ambulance driver positions.

How to Select an Ambulance Driver School

Aspiring ambulance drivers can enroll in training programs at community colleges or 4-year colleges and universities.

Some important considerations for choosing an ambulance driver training program:

  • Because the certification and licensure of EMT professionals and ambulance drivers vary between states, students are encouraged to review their individual state's requirements and be aware that certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is advantageous in most states, as well as at the professional level.
  • Students are also encouraged to enroll in EMT-basic certificate programs that include classes in ambulance driver instruction, such as an emergency vehicle operation course (EVOC), as completion of an EVOC is advantageous when seeking employment and could be mandatory in some cases.
  • EMT certification is available at multiple levels, including EMT-intermediate and paramedic, based on the intensity and duration of education and training, with higher levels of EMT training potentially leading to more advanced knowledge, responsibility and rate of pay.
  • Students should also check prerequisites because, in some cases, students must already hold some emergency medical credentials to enroll in EMT-basic certificate programs, such as CPR registration or certification as a first responder, which is an entry-level emergency medical services position.

Ambulance Driver Program Overview

EMT-Basic Certificate

Depending on specific state requirements, certificate programs for ambulance drivers may be completed in as little as one semester, with only a few courses. Certificate programs for prospective ambulance drivers at the EMT-basic level prepare students for state and national certification examinations. Students gain practical experience by working with or observing hospital staff and EMTs through clinical and field experiences. Coursework typically covers:

  • Stabilization and transport of injured patients
  • Airway management
  • Infant care
  • Head injuries
  • Emergency vehicle operation

10 Schools with Ambulance Driver Programs

College/University Institution Type
University of California-Los Angeles 4-year, Public
Florida South Western State College 4-year, Private
University of Missouri-Kansas City 4-year, Private
University of Hawaii-Kapi'olani Community College 2-year, Public
Jefferson State Community College 2-year, Public
University of South Alabama 4-year, Public
Tacoma Community College 2-year, Public
Santa Fe College 4-year, Public
Central Piedmont Community College 2-year, Public
Boston University 4-year, Public

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