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.

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

School Highlight: GWU is the first medical school in Washington, D.C. and the 11th oldest medical school in the country.

George Washington University was ranked #54 among national universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report. The university's Health Sciences Program 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

School Highlight: Majors are available in health science, recreation management and exercise science, at the Department of Health, Recreation, and Human Performance.

Brigham Young University, which is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was ranked #11 among western regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Brigham Young offers an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine, programs that include training in trauma and medical emergencies, cardiology and medical assessments. The school also offers a Bachelor of Emergency Services for aspiring paramedics.

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

School Highlight: 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 basic - paramedic program that prepares students for certification and provides them with credentials in advanced pediatric, advanced cardiac and pre-hospital trauma life support. After completing the programs, graduates will be able to take exams for certifications at various state and national agencies.

Top EMT and Paramedics Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Broward College Offers EMT Applied Tech Diploma, Paramedic Tech Cert., and A.S. in Emergency Medical Services Fort Lauderdale, FL
Creighton University Online M.S. in EMS Omaha, NE
Delgado Community College Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic programs New Orleans, LA
Front Range Community College EMS Certificates prepare students for the NREMT exam; students can then apply for state EMT certification Westminster, CO
Hillsborough Community College EMT training is a one-semester program with the completion of 11 credits Tampa, FL
Miami Dade College Offers certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs Miami, FL
Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Christian collegeAngwin, CA

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