There are two levels of EMT training: EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate. The most highly trained emergency medical services professionals are paramedics, and they undergo more rigorous education than EMTs. Students in North Carolina who want to undergo this sort of training have several options through the emergency medical sciences, paramedic, EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate programs of community and technical colleges around the state.
The curricula of these programs include lectures, clinical experiences and laboratory hours as well as field internships. Students who plan on becoming emergency medical technicians (EMTs) need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. They also need to be at least 18 years old and pass background checks.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Located in Asheville, this community college offers an associate's degree program in emergency medical science. The 76-credit hour program includes courses in EMT-Basic, pre-hospital environments and emergency vehicles. Graduates can take the state and NREMT certification exams. The college also offers continuing education courses for EMT-Basic.
Catawba Valley Community College
Students can earn an associate's degree in emergency medical science at this college in Hickory. In the program, students take classes on cardiology, EMT-Basic, life span emergencies and rescue scene management. Graduates can take certification exams. Students also can opt to take separate EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate courses. Both courses prepare students for their respective state certification exams. Applicants planning on taking the EMT-Intermediate course need to already have an EMT-Basic credential.
Central Carolina Community College
Through its Emergency Services Training Center in Sanford, Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) offers training for aspiring medical responders as well as EMTs at the basic, intermediate and paramedic levels. These programs prepare students for the corresponding level of state certification. Available on a part-time basis, CCCC's EMS/EMT programs are tuition-free for members of North Carolina emergency response agencies; these students only pay for books and supplies. CCCC also features continuing education opportunities for EMTs. In addition to being offered at the college's main location in Sanford, EMS/EMT programs can be found at CCCC's Chatham and Harnett County campuses and at EMS, fire and rescue departments within the college's service area.
Coastal Carolina Community College
Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville offers an associate's degree program in emergency medical science. Students take courses in EMT-Basic, intermediate interventions and cardiology. The college also has a continuing education EMT-Basic course. All programs prepare students for NREMT and state exams.
Davidson County Community College
EMT students at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville can pick certificate or associate's degree programs. One certificate program is for senior high school students, who take courses in EMT-Basic and advanced airway management. The other certificate program focuses on EMT-Basic courses. The associate's degree program in emergency medical science has courses in patient assessment, trauma emergencies and EMT-Basic. Graduates of all programs should be prepared for certification exams. A bridge option is also available.
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Located in Fayetteville, this community college offers certificate and associate's degree programs in emergency medical science. The certificate program covers emergency vehicles, rescue scene management and EMT-Basic. Associate's degree students have to complete similar courses. However, these students also have to study pharmacology, medical emergencies and trauma emergencies. The college also offers EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate continuing education courses. All of the offered programs prepare students for certification exams.
Forsyth Technical Community College
Students can enroll in an emergency medical science associate's degree program at this community college in Winston-Salem. Degree students need to complete at least 71 credit hours of classes like lifespan emergencies, medical emergencies, advanced patient assessment and EMT-Basic. The degree program prepares students for certification exams. EMT-Basic and EMT refresher continuing education courses are also provided.
Gaston College in Dallas has an associate's program in emergency medical science with two paramedic tracks, as a diploma or degree. Students learn about emergency procedures in classroom lectures, labs, clinical experiences and field internships. Degree students explore patient assessment, airway management, EMT-Basic and pharmacology. The college also provides a separate EMT-Basic course for students. Graduates of the degree program and the basic EMT course are eligible for state and national certification exams.
Guilford Technical Community College
Located in Jamestown, this community college has an associate's degree program in emergency medical science. Students take classes on advanced patient assessment, vehicle operations and EMT-Basic. A bridging option is available.
Wake Technical Community College
Students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. Students study cardiology, pharmacology and EMT-Basic. The college provides continuing education courses in EMT-Basic and EMT-refresher and paramedic. All programs and courses prepare graduates for state and NREMT exams.
The state of North Carolina and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) issue certification exams for all EMT and paramedic levels. Aspiring EMTs and paramedics are required to take their respective exams for professional licensure.
Ten of the largest North Carolina-based public and private not-for-profit schools with EMT programs are profiled below. These schools typically offer continuing education courses as well as certificate and associate's degree programs. Some paramedic programs also feature EMT courses.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science,
EMT-Basic Continuing Education Courses
|$2,419 in-state; $8,563 out-of-state*|
|Catawba Valley Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science,
|$2,195 in-state; $7,571 out-of-state*|
|Central Carolina Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Programs in Medical Responder, EMT, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic; continuing education courses for EMTs||$2,412 in-state; $8,556 out-of-state*|
|Coastal Carolina Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science,
EMT-Basic Continuing Education Course
|$2,334 in-state; $8,478 out-of-state*|
|Davidson County Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe|| Emergency Medical Science Certificate,
Emergency Medical Science High School Career and College Promise program,
Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science
|$2,460 in-state; $8,604 out-of-state*|
|Fayetteville Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Emergency Medical Science Certificate,
Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science,
EMT-Basic Continuing Education Course,
EMT-Intermediate Continuing Education Course
|$2,394 in-state; $8,538 out-of-state*|
|Forsyth Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science,
EMT-Basic Initial Continuing Education Course,
EMT-Basic Refresher Continuing Education Course
|$2,025 in-state; $6,631 out-of-state*|
|Gaston College||2-year, public; midsize suburb|| Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science,
|$2,562 in-state; $8,708 out-of-state*|
|Guilford Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science,
EMT-Basic Continuing Education Course,
EMT Refresher Continuing Education Course
|$2,208 in-state; $7,056 out-of-state*|
|Wake Technical Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science,
EMT-Basic Continuing Education Course,
EMT-Refresher Continuing Education Course,
Paramedic Continuing Education Course
|$2,768 in-state; $8,912 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator