Richmond EMT Schools
Educational training for prospective emergency medical technicians (EMTs) is available at a number of schools around Virginia's capital city. This article covers the coursework and internship opportunities at three of these colleges, which are all within an hour's drive of downtown Richmond. Get additional details about the schools in the table of statistics, and discover additional training options at a couple of other institutions in the area.
- Established in 1972, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College is the newest and third largest school in the Virginia Community College System. Students can earn four levels of EMT certificates as well as a paramedic associate's degree at the campus, which is located about 10 miles from central Richmond.
- In addition to an EMT certificate program, John Tyler Community College (JTCC) consistently offers special cultural and educational events on campus. The school is situated roughly 16 miles from Richmond's downtown area.
- Rappahannock Community College (RCC), located about 49 miles from downtown Richmond, provides students a choice of not only traditional and online courses, but hybrid and interactive video classes as well.
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Comparison of Schools
Use this table to compare the colleges in many areas beyond their academic offerings. The facts on costs, graduation rates and school settings, among others, could help you decide which one best suits you.
|J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College||John Tyler Community College||Rappahannock Community College|
|School Type||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year|
|Total Enrollment (2014-2015)||11,861*||9,875*||3,569*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Rural|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$4,653 in-state, $10,491 out-of-state*||$4,345 in-state, $10,183 out-of-state*||$4,460 in-state, $10,298 out-of-state*|
|% of Students Receiving Grant or Scholarship Aid (2013-2014)||64%*||69%*||71%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - open admissions policy||N/A - open admissions policy||N/A - open admissions policy|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2013 returning Fall 2014)||59% for full-time students*||57% for full-time students*||56% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began Fall 2011)||13%*||12%*||29%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
As part of the emergency medical services (EMS) program at the college, students can earn up to three certificates or a degree, beginning with the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate, which is the minimum required to become an EMT. Students can also earn each certificate as part of an associate's degree program.
Emergency Medical Technician, EMT
Students looking for the basic training needed to begin work as an EMT can earn the 17 credit hours needed for the basic emergency medical technician certificate. Those who wish to advance their training can pursue the EMT - Intermediate and/or EMT - Paramedic certificates. The program's curriculum includes internship and clinical hours, during which students are given opportunities to complete skills training in the field. Graduates are eligible to pursue certification for their level through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
Emergency Medical Services Intermediate
Students looking to be prepared for the national and state level are advised to complete this program. This 19 credit program includes Advanced Life Support, Trauma Care and both clinical and field internships.
Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Certificate
This program builds on the EMT and the EMT Intermediate. The curriculum includes 20 credit hours including courses like pathophysiology, patient assessment along with field and clinical internships. Completion of this program allows graduates to be on the National Registry as a Paramedic.
Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Associate of Applied Science
Students who want to earn a degree while pursuing EMT training can do so through this program, which combines the three certificate programs mentioned above. In addition, students earn an EMT - Enhanced Technican Certificate. Participants in this program are required to complete 71 credits, including courses in college success skills, college composition, human anatomy and computer applications, as well as courses pertinent to the major.
John Tyler Community College
JTCC offers 2 EMT and 1 Paramedic program that prepare students to enter the field of emergency medical services. The programs are offered by the school's Division of Health Sciences.
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
This program is the entry-level EMT offering so that a graduate can work with local , state and federal agencies and humanitarian relief organizations. After completing 16 credits hours including courses and an internship with passing marks, graduates are able to take the National Registry exam.
Emergency Medical Services - Intermediate Career Studies Certificate
In training students to be EMT- Intermediates, this certificate program employs a comprehensive curriculum focused on life-saving skills in emergency and pre-hospital settings. The curriculum consists of 29 credit hours, including courses in EMT - Basic and EMT - Basic Clinical, as well as three internship courses to practice skills in the field. Requirements for program applicants include minimum standardized test scores, a health certificate and CPR certification as a health care provider. Graduates are eligible to take NREMT and Commonwealth of Virginia certification exams.
Associate of Applied Science, Paramedic
Students who have a current NREMT - Intermediate certification can take their education further in the Paramedic program. Students must take a total of 71 credit hours to complete this course over 5 semesters. The course is hands-on offering 5 clinical internships and 3 field internships.
Rappahannock Community College
Two programs of study are available to RCC students who want to build a career in emergency medical services. Both programs prepare graduates to take NREMT certification exams.
Emergency Management Technician
This entry-level EMT program is designed to be taken over 2 semesters and is 12 credit hours. Students will learn the basics of emergency medical services and will complete an internship. Students must be currently CPR certified and at least 18 years of age. Upon completion, graduates are eligible for National Registry testing.
In order to attend this program, the student must have already taken the EMT program. The Advanced EMT program requires completion of a minimum of 19 credit hours over two semesters. The curriculum has been designed to comply with national standards for entry-level EMTs and includes advanced life support and trauma care courses. Applicants must submit a health certificate, including immunization records.
There are at least two other schools in the Richmond area that offer EMT training programs. Virginia Commonwealth University is only a mile from downtown Richmond, while the University of Richmond is located about eight miles away.