Boston EMT Training Courses with School Descriptions

There are three schools within 50 miles of Boston that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training courses. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

EMT Training Programs near Boston

Although students won't find EMT training in Boston, there are three schools within about an hour of the city that do offer these programs. This article examines those schools and their EMT programs. It also includes a table of information that prospective students should be aware of, such as costs, school size and graduation rates.

  • Students at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, about 15 miles from downtown Boston, can earn a certificate for EMT training.
  • Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, 39 miles from downtown Boston, offers an EMT basic course program.
  • For students near Worcester, Quinsigamond Community College offers certificate programs for basic and intermediate EMT levels. This school is almost 48 miles from Boston's downtown.

Massachusetts Bay Community College

To participate in this program, students must pass criminal and sexual offender background checks. Students will also need to be at least 18 years old at the time of the certification exam.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Students can earn this certificate by achieving at least a C+ grade in one class. The course prepares students to take the Massachusetts EMT-Basic exam through the Office of Emergency Medical Services. Students are taught human anatomy and physiology, patient assessment, CPR, airway management, stabilization and transportation of emergency patients. The course also covers treatment techniques for pre-hospital patients of all ages, from childbirth through geriatrics.

Northern Essex Community College

Before signing up for this class, prospective students will need to meet the school's reading and writing standards. Students are also required to pass criminal background and sexual offender checks.

EMT-Basic Course

The course is offered in daytime and alternative schedules. Students learn about airway management and oxygen therapy, cardiac arrest management and defibrillator use, techniques for extracting patients from vehicles, childbirth and other related skills. Successful completion of this course qualifies students to take the Massachusetts Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) Certification exam.

Quinsigamond Community College

This school offers two levels of EMT certification. Both the basic and intermediate programs are offered in a single course, and the intermediate program is broken down into sections.

Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course

In this course, students learn through a combination of classroom studies, lab practice and field experience. The class is designed to prepare students to take the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services EMT-Basic exam. Students are required to pass criminal and sexual offender background checks. They also need to have current CPR certification and meet health standards.

Emergency Medical Services Certificate: EMT-Intermediate

To enroll in this course, students must meet the same health and safety criteria established for the basic class. Students must also have their EMT-Basic certification and a letter from an employer demonstrating at least a year of satisfactory field experience. The class provides six modules of instruction through clinical work in hospitals and related facilities, lab training and field experience. The curriculum prepares students for Massachusetts EMT-Intermediate certification. Students must earn at least a C in all modules to earn this certification.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMTs should look at all aspects of any school they are considering for their training. The following table offers a quick way to compare these schools.

Massachusetts Bay Community College Northern Essex Community College Quinsigamond Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 5,276* 7,036* 9,130*
Campus Setting Large suburb Rural fringe Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $4,176 in-state, $9,120 out-of-state* $3,768 in-state, $9,552 out-of-state* $5,094 in-state, $10,038 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2010-2011) 62%* 71%* 80%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open enrollment N/A - Open enrollment N/A - Open enrollment
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 55% full-time, 39% part-time* 60% full-time, 41% part-time* 55% full-time, 46% part-time*
Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2008 13%* 14%* 14%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.

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