Students in Oklahoma may choose between paramedic training, certificate, and associate's degree programs, all of which may lead to eligibility to take the requisite licensing exam. Admission to such programs may require CPR certification, previous certification as an EMT, a background and/or drug screening, among others, depending on the school. All paramedic programs include a practicum element, which may be fulfilled by clinical hours or an internship, as the program requires.
The 7 schools listed below have state-approved programs that also meet Department of Transportation requirements. These programs prepare students for NREMT-P exams and state licensure exams.
Gordon Cooper Technology Center
This Shawnee institution offers a paramedic training program. Admission requirements include EMT-Basic certification, professional recommendations, the ability to meet health standards and presentation of criminal background check results. The curriculum includes studies in patient assessment, ventilation management, static cardiology, intravenous therapy and pediatric care. Students at this school may join the Health Occupations Students of America organization, which allows them to participate in community projects and demonstrate their skills at state conferences. The program covers half of the annual fees for students who join this organization.
Kiamichi Technology Center
This school's Poteau campus has a distance education training program for aspiring paramedics throughout southeastern Oklahoma. Prerequisites for this program include completion of an anatomy and physiology course, presentation of EMT certification and proof of required health standards. This program requires 1,194 hours of study. Kiamichi has an articulation agreement with Oklahoma State University, and students who want to earn an associate degree at that institution can apply up to 51 credits from Kiamichi courses.
Oklahoma City Community College
This Oklahoma City school offers certificate and associate degree programs. For students who want paramedic training without earning a degree, this school offers a certificate program that can lead to entry-level paramedic positions. Students will need to pass background checks and drug tests to participate in the clinical portion of the program, and random drug tests may be required. Students also need to complete a Basic EMT course prior to enrolling.
Students who wish to earn an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Sciences can find a program that includes the certificate curriculum and general education courses. The degree program has the same entrance criteria found in the certificate program and can be completed in 5 semesters.
Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City
Students at this Oklahoma City school can earn an Associate in Applied Science Emergency Medical Services - Municipal Fire Protection degree. This 74-credit hour program meets the state curriculum requirements, and credits earned can be applied towards a bachelor's degree. Paramedic courses include basic EMT studies, paramedic training and emergency vehicle operations.
Rogers State University
At this school in Claremore, students can earn an Associate in Applied Science Emergency Medical Services degree. This program has 2 prerequisite courses, including EMT basic studies and a course in microcomputer applications, and the degree can be earned through 4 semesters of study. Some general education requirements may be fulfilled by taking online courses. Students must meet the program's health requirements, and those who can't pass a criminal background check may not be admitted into the clinical training facilities.
Tulsa Community College
This Tulsa school offers a program leading to an Associate in Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services with a Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic option. This is a 60-credit hour program that includes courses in paramedic theory and principles and provides opportunities for hands-on learning. Students also complete general education courses. Students must have passed the NREMT exam for EMT-Basic before enrolling.
Tulsa Technology Center - Peoria Campus
Another option available to Tulsa students is this technology center, which offers both day and evening programs for aspiring paramedics. Students who wish to earn a degree later will find some Oklahoma colleges award credits for work done in this program. To enter the program, students must have completed the EMT-Basic program and have EMT-Basic certification. Students will also need to pass a criminal background check before beginning their clinical studies.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, paramedics must have a license to work in this state. To become licensed, aspiring paramedics need to have EMT-Basic certification, complete a state-approved training program and meet character and competence standards. Prospective paramedics must then take a state-administered practical exam and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic (NREMT-P) licensing exam. In addition to being state-approved, training programs need to meet the U.S. Department of Transportation Paramedic National Standard Curriculum guidelines in order for graduates to be eligible for the NREMT-P exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paramedic Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Gordon Cooper Technology Center||2-year, public; distant town||Paramedic Training Program||$4,900*|
|Kiamichi Technology Center - Poteau||Less than 2-year, public; distant town||Paramedic Training Program||$2,424**|
|Oklahoma City Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Paramedic Certificate of Mastery,
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Sciences
|$3,391 in-state, $8,425 out-of-state**|
|Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Sciences||$2,859 in-state, $7,719 out-of-state**|
|Rogers State University||4-year, public; fringe town||Associate in Applied Science Emergency Medical Services||$6,009 in-state, $13,299 out-of-state**|
|Tulsa Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science Fire & Emergency Medical Services - Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic Option||$2,900 in-state, $7,844 out-of-state**|
|Tulsa Technology Center - Peoria Campus||Less than 2-year, public; large city||Paramedic Training Program||$5,088**|
Sources: *Gordon Cooper Technology Center, **NCES College Navigator