EMT Certification in Oklahoma with School Information

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) programs in Oklahoma, which currently has about 14 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degrees and certificates, and get some quick facts for two Oklahoma schools to decide which program is right for you.

Oklahoma Schools Offering EMT Training

In Oklahoma, EMT training and certification preparation programs can be found at colleges and universities in various locations in the state. Most of this training is at the certificate or associate degree levels, and both basic EMT and more advanced paramedic studies are available. Graduates of these programs are prepares to take the national certification exam given by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Two of these institutions are discussed at length below. Read about required coursework and clinical experiences. Find facts about each school in the table provided at the end of this article.

  • At Oklahoma City Community College, students can pursue basic EMT or paramedic studies at the certificate level or earn a 2-year degree in this field. The college is based roughly 11 miles southwest of the Oklahoma City downtown area.
  • Rogers State University is found about 30 miles northeast of downtown Tulsa. Certificate and associate degree studies for EMTs are offered at this school.

Oklahoma City Community College

Founded in 1969, Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is a 2-year college with a range of degree and certificate programs. More than 13,000 students attend OCCC. Students can prepare for EMT certification through a variety of programs at OCCC.

EMT-Basic Certificate

A prerequisite for the paramedic and A.A.S. programs, the EMT-basic certification course requires a minimum of eight credits. Training includes patient assessment, triage and medical emergencies. Students divide their time between the classroom and field settings. Graduates of the program can sit for the EMT-Basic certification exam administered by NREMT.

Paramedic Certificate

The paramedic certification program provides the same level of education as the A.A.S. degree without the general education coursework. EMT students complete a minimum of 52 credits, including courses in patient assessment, airway management, trauma, medical (i.e. urology, toxicology and neurology) and operations (i.e. ambulance operation). Clinical experience is required and occurs in Oklahoma City hospitals and field settings. After completing courses, labs and clinicals, students take the NREMT paramedic exam to become certified.

Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science

In the A.A.S. degree program, students acquire advanced EMT skills through classroom work and clinical experience. Experienced medical personnel teach the classes and prepare students to take the National Registry examination at the paramedic level. Prerequisites for the program include EMT-Basic certification, CPR and training in airborne and blood pathogens.

Rogers State University

Rogers State University (RSU) offers EMT courses through the emergency health sciences program, which began in 1991. RSU is a small college of about 4,500 students and is known for small class sizes and low tuition rates. RSU is located in Claremore, Oklahoma. Students interested in pursuing EMT certification can enroll in the A.A.S. program or complete the EMT-Basic program.

EMT-Basic Certificate

A class in blood-borne pathogens must be taken along with other EMT-Basic coursework. Skills in shock treatment, triage and CPR are gained through completion of the EMT-Basic program. Graduates may seek certification by sitting for the NREMT-Basic exam. This course is a prerequisite for the paramedic program.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science

Prerequisites for the A.A.S. program include EMT-Basic certification and microcomputer applications. This 2-year program includes clinical fieldwork in addition to coursework in trauma assessment, cardiac emergencies and pharmacology. The degree program prepares students for the national certification exam. Graduates, who successfully complete the national exam, are qualified for entry-level paramedic positions.

Comparison of Schools

When choosing a program for EMT certification, it is often just as important to consider all factors about a school before enrolling. Below you will find statistics and figures reflecting each school's tuition, population, financial aid availability, acceptance rates and more.

Oklahoma City Community College Rogers State University
School Type2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013)13,491* 4,473*
Campus Setting Large city Town: fringe
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)$3,091 (in-state)*
$7,891 (out-of-state)*
$5,349 (in-district)*
$5,351 (in-state)*
$12,005 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013)76%* 88%*
Acceptance Rate (2013)100% (open admissions policy)* 54%*
Retention Rate (2013)44%* 60%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013)14%* 21%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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