Individuals seeking to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the state of Kansas have a minimum of 18 schools to choose from. EMT programs are typically available at community colleges and lead to a certificate, though paramedic programs may lead to an associate's degree. Certificate programs take as little as one semester to complete, while associate's degree programs take up to two years. In order to complete the clinical and field experience portions of a program, students must undergo a background check and health screening.
Allen County Community College
Allen County Community College, located in Iola, offers students an EMT certificate program. The program requires one course, worth 10 credit hours, and a certificate may be earned in as little as one semester. Completing the course earns a student the eligibility to sit for both the NREMT exam at the basic level and the state written test. Graduates who pass the state exam with at least a 70% will receive a certificate from the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.
Barton County Community College
Based out of Great Bend, Barton County Community College offers a range of levels of EMT training. The school is approved by the KBEMS for initial education course offerings and is one of only eight schools to offer an accredited paramedic program. The EMT certificate program is a 12-credit hour class and a prerequisite to other EMS classes. The advanced EMT certificate is one 10 credit hour course and the EMT - Paramedic certificate requires the completion of 52 credit hours of coursework. Finally, the paramedic program is a 68-credit hour program and earns an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Cloud County Community College
Cloud County Community College, located in Concordia, currently offers one certificate program to prepare students for careers as EMTs. The certificate program is made up of one 10-credit hour EMT class trains students to successfully earn national and state certification as an EMT. Additionally, to earn the complete certificate students must complete a 3-credit first aid course and a 3-credit general education class.
Cowley County Community College
Located in Arkansas City, Cowley County Community College offers students a choice of an EMT course or a paramedic degree program; both programs have been approved by the state for initial certification instruction. The 12-credit hour EMT class takes one semester to complete and includes didactic instruction, time in the lab, and a minimum of 24 hours served in an EMS internship. The paramedic program is available on a 12-month or a 16-month schedule. Both require the completion of a minimum of 54 credit hours and admit 18 students per class. Successful completion of the paramedic program earns an Associate of Applied Science degree and prepares them to take the NREMT certification exam at the paramedic level. Applicants to the paramedic program must be currently certified EMTs.
Fort Scott Community College
Based out of the city by the same name, Fort Scott Community College offers a 10-credit hour course to prepare students to become certified as EMTs. Coursework includes training to care for patients in pre-hospital settings. Following successful completion of the class, students must take and pass both the NREMT and State of Kansas EMT certification exams. The course has been approved by the KBEMS.
Highland Community College
Located in its namesake city, Highland Community College offers a 12-credit hour EMT training course. Curriculum includes patient assessment, airway management, and pharmacology. Students who successfully complete the class are prepared to take the state and national certification exams at the basic EMT level. Students who have taken the basic course can then move on to the 6-credit hour intermediate version.
Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson Community College, based out of Hutchinson, offers a number of EMS-related classes as well as a paramedic degree program. Both the EMT course and the paramedic program are listed by KBEMS as approved initial education sources. The EMT certification course is worth 10 credit hours and must be taken concurrently with a cardiac care class, worth one credit hour. Completion of the classes renders students eligible to take the NREMT and state examinations to become certified as an EMT. Currently certified EMTs may be interested in the school's Associate of Applied Science, Paramedic program. The program requires the completion of 73 credit hours, typically achievable in two years.
Johnson County Community College
Operating out of Overland Park, Johnson County Community College offers students training programs to become EMTs or paramedics. The EMT program is constituted by more than 200 hours of training in one class, worth nine credit hours. Students must be certified as a first responder before applying for enrollment in the certificate program. Students interesting in working as a paramedic may be interested in the college's Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Medical Services program. In addition to general education requirements, students in the EMS program must complete 47 credit hours of core coursework. The EMS program is a limited access program, accepting no more than 24 students into each class.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), based out of its namesake city, offers students a few different programs related to emergency medical services, most of which have been listed by the KBEMS as approved programs. In addition to an EMT certification course and Paramedic degree program (both of which are approved by the state), KCKCC offers an emergency medical responder course and an Associate in Applied Science degree in fire science/firefighting. The EMT program may be completed in one or one and a half semesters and prepares students for the national certification exam. The A.A.S., Paramedic program requires the completion of 67-71 credit hours of coursework and takes about two years to complete. Applicants to the AAS program must be currently certified EMTs. Program curriculum includes 254 hours of lecture, 168 hours in the lab, 442 hours minimum earned in clinicals, and 480 hours served in a field internship.
Neosho County Community College
Located in Chanute, Neosho County Community College offers two levels of EMT coursework to students, as well as a first responder class. The EMT - Basic course prepares students to serve the medical needs of patients in a pre-hospital setting. Students must be at least 18 years old by course-end for certification testing. The basic course has been approved by the KBEMS. The curriculum has been designed to comply with recommendations made by the US Department of Transportation as well as the State of Kansas.
To become certified in Kansas, a student must be trained at an approved educational institution; EMTs with out-of-state credentials must file an application with the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS). Graduates of approved programs must take and pass the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) examination as well as a written test administered by the state.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||EMT Certificate and/or Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Allen County Community College||Two-year, public, remote town||EMT certificate||$2,910*|
|Barton County Community College||Public, two-year, fringe rural|| Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
Advanced EMT Certificate,
Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate,
|$3,200 in-state; $4,192 out-of-state*|
|Cloud County Community College||Public, two-year, fringe rural||EMT I Level Certificate||$2,820 in-district; $2,970 in-state; $3,120 out-of-state*|
|Cowley County Community College||Public, two-year, distant town|| Emergency Medical Technician course,
|$2,604 in-district; $2,914 in-state; $4,371 out-of-state*|
|Fort Scott Community College||Public, two-year, remote town||Emergency Medical Technician||$2,820 in-district; $2,910 in-state; $4,590 out-of-state*|
|Highland Community College||Public, two-year, distant rural||EMT - Basic course, EMT - Intermediate Course||$3,134 in-district; $3,362 in-state; $3,362 out-of-state*|
|Hutchinson Community College||Public, two-year, distant town|| EMT course,
|$2,848 in-district; $3,168 in-state; $4,160 out-of-state*|
|Johnson County Community College||Public, two-year, mid-sized city|| Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
A.A.S., Emergency Medical Services
|$2,730 in-district; $3,180 in-state; $6,420 out-of-state*|
|Kansas City Kansas Community College||Public, two-year, mid-sized city|| EMT Certificate,
|$3,240 in-state; $8,040 out-of-state*|
|Neosho County Community College||Public, two-year, remote town||EMT - Basic program||$4,352|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator