The Nebraska schools below offer EMT classes and related associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. These schools have all received approval from the state, and graduates of the programs and classes meet the necessary educational qualifications for state licensing. The programs consist of laboratory, classroom and practical experience hours. Depending on the school, some programs may be taken online. Study options include but are not limited to:
- EMT-Paramedic Courses 1, 2 and 3
- EMS Management Class
- Emergency Medical Services Degree
- Paramedic Degree
- Emergency Medical Technician Degree
Central Community College
Students attending Central Community College in the city of Grand Island have course options for EMTs and emergency medical responders. The EMT class goes over IV monitoring, glucose monitoring and airway management. There are refresher courses for emergency medical responders and EMTs who need continuing education for re-licensing. There is also a class to help emergency medical responders transition into being an EMT. Finally, there is a paramedic program, along with an associated refresher course. Students who're looking for advanced EMT classes can enroll in that program and learn about advanced ambulance equipment as well as advanced transportation and patient care for emergency situations.
Creighton University, found in Omaha, offers an EMT class that lasts 138 classroom hours and offers 10 patient assessments as part of the course. In addition, there are continuing education and advanced training EMT classes available like the EMS instructor course. Students who're looking to become a paramedic might pursue the Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services degree program or the Paramedic Certification program. Additionally, there is a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services degree program with 51 credit hours of paramedic study in a curriculum of at least 128 credit hours. The EMS management course and the Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services degree program can be taken online. Students who are interested in getting involved in a student organization can find an EMS club on campus.
Metropolitan Community College Area
Prior to entering into the EMT basic course available in Omaha at the Metropolitan Community College Area, students typically take courses to acquire their Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED credential. With an understanding of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, students might then enroll in courses for anatomy and physiology as well as medical terminology. Once in the EMT basic course, which is worth 12.5 credits, students learn about basic and advanced airway management, trauma and medical, IV maintenance, shock and bleeding control and patient assessment. The class itself contains 15 patient contact hours, 55 lab hours and 110 didactic hours. Students who're looking to take their education further can pursue an EMT paramedic major as an Associate in Applied Science degree. Respiratory systems, pharmacology, therapeutic communication and ambulance operations are just some of the topics students study in that program.
Mid-Plains Community College
Mid-Plains Community College is in North Platte and has an 8 credit basic EMT class. Out of the required 150 classroom hours in the course, students spend 90 hours in lectures and 60 hours in the lab component. In the course, students learn about transportation, patient care and EMS response. There are also several EMT classes that cover intravenous therapy, pharmacology, patient assessment, airway management and EMS instruction. In addition to the standard program option for the EMT-paramedic diploma there is also an accelerated option which allows students to complete the program in 12 weeks. In the EMT-paramedic diploma program, students take field and clinical training at local facilities.
Northeast Community College
Northeast Community College can be found in Norfolk and offers an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic degree program.
Southeast Community College Area
Based in Lincoln, the Southeast Community College Area offers a basic EMT course in 2 parts. Each class is 6 credits in length. The first course covers 4 modules on medical emergencies, preparatory work, airway management and patient assessment. The second class is about operations, special populations and trauma emergencies. For students looking for a step before basic EMT classes, there is an emergency medical responder course. For students looking for more, there is also an Associate of Applied Science degree program geared towards paramedics. Students can study basic and advanced ECG interpretation in the paramedic program.
Western Nebraska Community College
The basic EMT classes that are available at Scottsbluff at the Western Nebraska Community College are split into 2. Additionally, the paramedic courses at the school are split into 3. Students who pursue the Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Technician degree program can take the basic EMT courses in addition to the EMT-paramedic classes. Students also take several intermediate level EMT courses. Psychology, medical terminology and anatomy and physiology are other topics students learn about in the associate degree program.
Emergency medical professionals require licensure and/or certification. In the state of Nebraska, the available EMT licenses include emergency medical responder, EMT, advanced EMT, EMT-intermediate and paramedic. The EMT licensing requirements include 20 hours worth of study in an EMT class.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Classes and Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Central Community College||2-year, public; small city|| EMT Course,
EMT Refresher Course,
Emergency Medical Responder Class,
EMT Bridge Course,
Emergency Medical Responder Refresher Class,
| $2,820 (in-state);
|Creighton University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| EMT Course,
EMS Instructor Course,
EMS Management Class,
Continuing Education and Advanced Training,
Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services,
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services,
Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services
| $36,422 (undergraduate);
|Metropolitan Community College Area||2-year, public; large city|| EMT Basic Course,
Professional Health Studies/EMT Paramedic Track - Associate in Applied Science
| $2,745 (in-state);
|Mid-Plains Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| EMT Course,
Emergency Medical Responder Class,
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Class,
| $2,880 (in-state);
|Northeast Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic|| $3,165 (in-state);
|Southeast Community College Area||2-year, public; large city|| Emergency Medical Responder Class,
EMT Part I and II Courses,
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic
| $3,218 (in-state);
|Western Nebraska Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| EMT-Basic Classes 1 and 2,
EMT-Paramedic Courses 1, 2 and 3,
Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Technician
| $2,616 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator.