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There are two colleges and universities that offer EMT classes in the state of Rhode Island, though some private organizations and fire departments offer state-approved programs as well. In Rhode Island, applicants who want to become basic emergency medical technicians (EMT-Bs) must possess a high school diploma or an equivalent credential, be of good character, complete an approved CPR course, be at least 18 years of age and take an approved EMT class.
Programs include classroom instruction, laboratory training, and practical elements, sometimes in the form of ambulance ride-alongs or field training. At least one of the Rhode Island schools offers alternative schedules, including evening and weekend classes.
Keep reading for overviews of Rhode Island's two schools with EMT programs.
In addition to CPR training classes, a basic EMT training course is available at Brown University in Providence. Training and practice drills take place at the Warren Fire Department, while practical skill and lecture courses occur on the school's campus. The basic EMT class typically meets 2 nights a week as well as most of the day on Sunday. Students learn about patient assessment, medication administration, immobilization, airway management and injury management. Additionally, students spend some class time observing at a hospital and riding along in an ambulance.
Community College of Rhode Island
The Community College of Rhode Island's fire science program includes a basic emergency medical technician course, and classes for that program are offered at the school's campuses in Warwick, Lincoln and Providence. In addition to general education requirements, students learn about hazardous materials, fire prevention and fire-fighting strategies. The EMT-Basic course includes lecture sessions and field-based training. The fire science program requires a background check and current vaccinations.
After graduating from a basic EMT course, students must then pass written and practical licensing examinations. Licensed EMT-Bs can earn an EMT-Cardiac license by taking an EMT-Cardiac course and passing the necessary licensing examinations. Additional details about approved training programs are available through the State of Rhode Island Department of Health.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Classes Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Brown University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||EMT-Basic Training Course||$1,400 total program cost*|
|Community College of Rhode Island||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician||$4,266 per year in-state; $11,496 per year out-of-state**|
Source: *Brown University, **National Center for Education Statistics.