There are not many standalone EMT classes available in Oklahoma. Instead, students can opt for one of the programs that are offered at colleges and universities throughout the state. The following EMT programs confer a certificate or associate's degree upon the student. Skills are acquired through students' participation in clinical experiences, laboratory work and internships. The program options in Oklahoma include EMT-basic or paramedic, emergency medical services, emergency medical responder and firefighter/EMT-paramedic.
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw offers an emergency medical basic and advanced certificate program. The basic program, which covers anatomy and physiology, core healthcare provider, basic medicine, basic shock, and over 300 hours of health responders core experience, prepares students to take the National Registry examination to become certified emergency medical responders. The program is recommended for firefighters, law enforcement personnel and other first responders.
Gordon Cooper Technology Center
Shawnee's Gordon Cooper Technology Center offers advanced EMT and EMT-Paramedic training, as well as an EMT refresher course. The advanced EMT program is designed for those who have already obtained the EMT-Basic certification and would like to test for the advanced certification. The EMT-Paramedic program requires over 1,200 hours of classroom and field experience, and prepares students to take the national EMT-Paramedic exam necessary to become licensed as a paramedic. This program takes just over two years to complete.
Kiamichi Technology Center - Poteau
The Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau offers both EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic training. The 256-hour EMT-Basic program begins in August each year and is required for those who are interested in enrolling in the paramedic program. The paramedic program entails nearly 1,200 hours of classroom and practical experience. Students interested in this program must also pass Kiamichi Tech's anatomy and physiology course.
Meridian Technology Center
Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater now offers a 1,064 hours for those interested in emergency medical paramedic training. Entrance requirements include 120 hours of anatomy and and physiology from Meridian. They also offer a basic EMT program, as well as an EMT refresher course.
Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City Community College has three options for those interested in emergency medical training. The first is an eight-credit basic emergency services certificate program which prepares students to sit for the EMT-Basic exam. Second, OCCC offers a 48-credit hour paramedic certificate program, which includes practical experience working in the field and prepares students to take the national paramedic exam. Finally, there is an associate in applied sciences degree program in emergency medical sciences.
Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma State University's Oklahoma City campus offers an emergency medical responders associate of applied science degree in collaboration with their fire protection department. The 73-credit hour program includes courses in anatomy, EMT-Basic, paramedic care, hazmat awareness, and general college coursework. Students who complete the required coursework for this AAS degree will be eligible to sit for both the National Registry and Oklahoma License exams for EMTs.
Pontotoc Technology Center
Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada has three options for those seeking EMT training. The first is a 60-hour emergency medical responder course that provides both theory and practice in assessing and treating common medical emergencies. Next, the school offers an EMT training course that requires over 200 hours of theory and lab, as well as at least 36 hours of clinical experience. Finally, an advanced EMT program is available. This program builds on the experience gained in the EMT-Basic program, and entails 180 hours of classroom and lab work as well as 140 hours of clinical experience.
Rogers State University
Rogers State University in Claremont offers an associate in applied science degree in emergency medical services. Upon completion of the program, which includes both classroom and clinical experiences, students will be eligible to take the National Registry Exam to become licensed to work as paramedics. The program includes coursework in patient assessment, pharmacology, EMS skills, field operations, trauma management and the handling of specific types of emergency cases. To be eligible to enter the program, students must already have received an EMT-Basic certification.
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa Community College in Tulsa has EMT programs designed for firefighters. There are two programs available from this school: the Firefighter/EMT-Basic certificate program and the Firefighter/EMT-Paramedic certificate program. The Firefighter/EMT-Basic program entails 44 credit hours of coursework in principles of emergency services, fire behavior and combustion, principles of community risk reduction, fire prevention, fire investigation, and an EMT practicum and clinical. The Firefighter/EMT-Paramedic program is a 76-credit course of study that includes all of the courses from the EMT-Basic program, plus additional coursework in paramedic patient assessment, trauma, life support, and EMS, as well as associated clinicals.
Tulsa Technology Center - Peoria
Tulsa Technology Center in Peoria offers both an EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic certificate program. The EMT-Basic program prepares students to sit for the National Registry EMT-Basic exam and become licensed as EMTs in the state of Oklahoma. It includes coursework in patient assessment, airway management, trauma, special patient populations, and an EMT clinical component. This program is available to both adults and high school students. The EMT-Paramedic program is available to high school graduates age eighteen or older and includes coursework in paramedic airway management, patient assessment, trauma emergencies and special populations, as well as associated clinicals and required internships.
Oklahoma students who are interested in becoming emergency medical technicians (EMT) must pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) exam in order to work in the field. EMT education programs such as those above are designed to prepare students to sit for the exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||EMT Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015 - 2016)|
|Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center||Less than 2-year, public, rural*||EMT-Basic certificate, Advanced EMT, EMT-Paramedic**||$1,350*|
|Gordon Cooper Technology Center||2-year, public, distant town*|| EMT-Basic,
|Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau||Less than 2-year, public, distant town*|| EMT-Basic,
|Meridian Technology Center||2-year, public, distant town*|| Emergency medical responder,
|Oklahoma City Community College||2-year, public, large city*|| EMT-Basic certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science **
| $3,391 in-state;
|Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City||4-year, public, large city*||Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services **|| $2,859 in-state;
|Pontotoc Technology Center||Less than 2-year, public, remote town*|| Emergency medical responder,
|Rogers State University||4-year, public, fringe town*||Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services **|| $6,009 in-state;
|Tulsa Community College||2-year, public, large city*|| Firefighter/EMT-Basic certificate,
Healthcare Specialist-Paramedic certificate,
Associate in Applied Science offered in both programs**
| $2,900 in-state;
|Tulsa Technology Center-Peoria Campus||Less than 2-year, public, large city*|| EMT-Basic certificate,
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **School websites.