Top Schools for EMT and Paramedics

Learn about formal education requirements for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Find out which top schools can help you prepare for certification, and use the table at the end of the resource to see what other schools across the United States offer EMT and paramedic programs.

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Through emergency medical technology and paramedic programs, aspiring professionals learn how to treat patients in life-threatening situations, such as those related to automobile accidents, heart attacks, falls and gunshot wounds. Certification is required to become an EMT or paramedic and can be obtained by completing a certificate or an associate's degree program, available at many colleges and universities. The three institutions highlighted below include a national, regional and state university; individual programs range from a one-semester certification course to an associate's degree.

Top Schools in the U.S. with EMT and Paramedic Programs

1. George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

George Washington University was ranked 50th among national universities in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. The university's Health Sciences Programs offers a basic EMT certification program that can be completed in one semester. This program prepares students to take the EMT Basic Certification Exam offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

2. Brigham Young University in Rexburg, ID

Brigham Young University, which is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was ranked 12th among western regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Brigham Young offers an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine program that includes training in trauma and medical emergencies, cardiology and medical assessments. Aspiring paramedics can participate in hospital clinicals and an ambulance internship.

3. Stony Brook University (State University of New York) in NY

In 2011, Times Higher Education listed Stony Brook University among the top 100 universities in the world. Additionally, the majority of faculty members at this state university hold the highest degrees in their field, and several have been awarded Nobel prizes. Stony Brook offers an EMT- paramedic program that prepares students for certification and provides them with credentials in advanced pediatric, advanced cardiac and pre-hospital trauma life support.

School Name Distinction Location
Brigham Young University Largest private university in the stateRexburg, ID
Broward College Accelerated program options available for high school studentsFort Lauderdale, FL
Creighton University Catholic Jesuit universityOmaha, NE
Delgado Community College Oldest and largest community college in the stateNew Orleans, LA
Front Range Community College Colorado's largest community collegeWestminster, CO
George Washington University Created by an Act of Congress in 1821Washington, D.C.
Hillsborough Community College Small class sizesTampa, FL
Miami Dade College Awards the most associate degrees in the U.S.Miami, FL
Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Christian collegeAngwin, CA
Stony Brook University Originated more than 450 patents and 1,500 inventionsStony Brook, NY

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