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EMT Training in Pittsburgh with School Information

There are two schools within 50 miles of Pittsburgh that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at these schools, both no more than 40 miles from downtown, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Pittsburgh-Area Schools with EMT Training Courses

Students who are looking for EMT classes in Pittsburgh will find one school about eight minutes from downtown and another about 45 minutes away. This article looks at both and the basic EMT training programs they offer. These programs meet state and national certification standards. There is also a table of pertinent information about each school, such as enrollment, costs and school type. Information on one other Pittsburgh school that offers more advanced training to individuals who are already certified is included at the end of the article.

  • Located just two miles from downtown Pittsburgh, the Community College of Allegheny County offers a basic EMT training program. The school also has continuing education classes for EMS personnel filling certification maintenance requirements.
  • At Westmoreland County Community College, 36 miles from the Pittsburgh city center in Youngwood, students can receive basic EMT training.

Community College of Allegheny County

Before participating in the program, students must submit the results of a physical and blood screenings, a criminal background check, a child abuse history clearance and immunization records. Students also need to be at least 16 years old at the beginning of the program and meet both physical and academic standards.

EMT Training

Emergency medical services programs at this community college are offered through the Public Safety Institute of the Center for Professional Development. The program consists of one class that's taught through lab practice, classroom lectures and clinical rotations in hospitals or other approved facilities. Some of the subjects covered include patient assessment skills, emergency pharmacology and ways to care for pre-hospital patients suffering from airway distress, cardiac arrest or trauma. Students also complete a concurrent, online FEMA class. The program prepares students to take the Pennsylvania Department of Health EMT exam.

Westmoreland County Community College

The class contains a patient contact component; before students can participate in this section, they must pass criminal background and child abuse checks, show immunization records, and pass a drug screening and an FBI fingerprint check. Course requirements include obtaining HAZMAT, CPR and other certifications that aren't included in the course.

Emergency Medical Technician Course

Successful completion of this course will qualify students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification exam. In this course, students learn professional EMT skills, such as airway management for apneic patients, shock management, fracture immobilization and assessment methods for trauma and medical patients. Classes take place twice a week in the evening and on occasional Saturdays.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMT students need to investigate the schools they are considering. The following table presents information they should know in a format that makes it easy to compare them.

Community College of Allegheny County Westmoreland County Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011-2012) 20,430* 6,943*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees $3,099 in-district, $5,854 in-state, $8,564 out-of-state (2010-2012, school-wide)* $320 (2013 program-specific)**
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2010-2011) 67%* 69%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open enrollment* N/A - Open enrollment*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 56% full-time, 45% part-time* 50% full-time, 33% part-time*
Graduation Rate for Students Beginning Studies in 2008 11%* 15%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, **Westmoreland County Community College

Other School Options

For students who are already EMS professionals and don't need their initial certification, there's another option only a mile from downtown Pittsburgh. Mercy Hospital School of Nursing has continuing education classes that can help EMS personnel maintain their certification or learn more about their field for professional advancement.

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