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There are only a few schools that offer emergency medical services classes in Rhode Island, and none that provide full paramedic training. However, it is possible to find basic emergency medical services courses, as well as standalone EMT-Basic training. There is also a community college in the state that offers an associate's degree that includes EMT-basic training as part of the curriculum.
University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island can be found in Kingston, and the school partners with the 911 Programs of South County to offer a non-degree Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training program. During the 90-day probationary training period, students participate in basic skills training and gain familiarity with standard operations, treatment techniques and medical equipment. When they finish, they are certified as First Responders. After 60 days, EMS members can start training to become Emergency Vehicle Operators to learn how to drive an ambulance. There are also courses on hazardous materials response, recreational drug incident responses, pediatric trauma management and behavioral emergency management.
Brown University in Providence offers a summer EMT course that prepares students for state licensing. It is important to note that the training is only at the EMT-Basic level, not the EMT-Paramedic level, but the resulting credential may be a prerequisite for enrolling in a paramedic-level training course in the future. Designed specifically to train students to provide emergency services on college campuses, these programs offer instruction in incident response, basic life support, medication administration, ambulance operations and legal and ethical considerations. Practical requirements include 3 hours of cadaver lab, 10 hours of special rescue training, 8 hours of hospital observation and 12 hours of ambulance ride-along. Classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends, so they are ideal for working professionals.
Community College of Rhode Island
At the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick, it is possible to earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician, which includes basic EMT training. Students can also expect to take general education classes and major requirements in fire-related topics like fire prevention, fire fighting strategies, fire hydraulics and equipment, municipal fire administration and investigations of fires and explosions. Graduates typically find work in municipal fire departments, or they may get industry jobs in areas such as fire insurance, technology and investigation.
To become an EMT-Paramedic in the state of Rhode Island, applicants must first become basic EMTs by completing an EMT course and passing a licensing examination. From there, students complete an appropriate paramedic education program. After graduating from this program, students have to complete an examination from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
School Comparison Table
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Emergency Medical Services Programs Offered||Program Cost|
|University of Rhode Island||4-year, public; large suburb||EMS training program||Free or heavily subsidized*|
|Brown University||4-year, private; not-for-profit; midsize city||EMT-Basic training||$1400 (summer 2016)**|
|Community College of Rhode Island||2-year; public; small city||AAS in Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician||$4,266 in-state, $11,496 out-of-state (annual tuition and fees, 2015-2016)***|
Source: *University of Rhode Island, **Brown University, ***National Center for Education Statistics