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Utah EMT Schools for EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate Programs

The state of Utah has six schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Get some information about the degrees and certificates and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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EMT Basic and Intermediate Studies at Utah Schools

There are a handful of schools in Utah that provide both basic and intermediate training in emergency medical technology, resulting in certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees. Training is provided through programs in emergency services and emergency services administration; EMT studies can also be found as concentrations in programs that prepare students for firefighting careers. These studies can be found at community and technical colleges as well as 4-year universities throughout Utah. Graduates of these programs are prepared to pursue professional certification.

Two postsecondary institutions that provide this type of training in Utah are profiled below. Learn details about their programs, such as required coursework and program objectives. Read facts about each school presented in the table appearing at the end of this article.

  • Utah Valley University offers certificate and 2-year degree programs in emergency services and firefighting that include basic and intermediate EMT courses. The university is situated in downtown Orem.
  • Dixie State University is located in downtown St. George, Utah, near the Arizona and Nevada borders. It has both basic and intermediate EMT studies at the certificate level.

Utah Valley University

Located in Orem, Utah Valley University (UVU) awards various undergraduate and master degrees. Opportunities in Emergency Medical Technology-Basic (EMT-B), EMT-Intermediate, nursing and fire science are included in UVU's array of academic programs. Each emergency services concentration is offered through UVU's Utah Fire and Rescue Academy (UFRA) and prepares students for careers as firefighters, fire inspectors and public safety officers.

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This 31-credit program explores different types of EMT-B skills, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation, patient triage and the legal issues relating to emergency care. Students also learn how to use AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators), ropes, ladders, fire extinguishers, hoses and nozzles. Additionally, courses teach students how to safely handle hazardous materials (hazmat). Graduates may pursue EMT-B certification through the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), a part of Utah's Department of Health.

Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Services - Emphasis in Fire Officer

UVU's 63-credit associate degree program in emergency services offers a concentration in fire officer training. The fire officer concentration begins with the rudiments of EMT-B courses, which educates students in automatic defibrillation, CPR and airway management. The syllabus also considers the characteristics of fires and the techniques used to control them. Further topics explore the methods of fire inspection and fire prevention. Graduates can also seek an EMT-B certification through Utah's Bureau of EMS.

Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Services - Emphasis in Wildland Fire Management

Students of this 63-credit discipline devote 47 credits toward wilderness firefighting courses. The curriculum covers topics in triage of structures, firefighting aircraft and the influences of weather on fire behavior. As an elective, students may choose to become certified at the EMT-Intermediate level. This certification program covers advanced airway support, intravenous (IV) care, emergency medications and the methods used to determine a patient's heart rate. Program enrollees must complete three internships.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration

Students in this program must complete 31 credits toward emergency care or 25 credits toward emergency management. Both tracks contain opportunities for students at the EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate levels. Students are educated in CPR, triaging, advanced airway assistance, drug administration, IV care and the techniques utilized in determining a patient's cardiac rhythm.

Students pursuing the concentration in emergency care are exposed to the responsibilities of a paramedic, such as the treatments for drug overdoses, burns and broken bones. Those selecting the emergency management emphasis learn the duties of an emergency services manager.

Dixie State University

Dixie State University, formerly Dixie State College, reached university status in 2013. This 4-year, public school awards certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees in over 40 disciplines. Programs are available in health, English, math and science, emergency services, business, communication, computer and information technology, music, nursing and education.

Certificate in EMT-Basic

Students in the EMT-Basic certificate program study the basics of pre-hospital care, including treatments for broken bones and burns. The course also details the steps of CPR and how to dress a wound. Graduates pursue EMT-B certification through Utah's Bureau of EMS. Career opportunities for certificate holders include positions with ambulance companies and hospitals.

Certificate in EMT-Intermediate

Enrollees of this program learn to perform various advanced life support procedures, such as oral intubation, IV therapy and how to conduct an electrocardiogram (EKG) test. The syllabus also addresses the treatment of patients who are in advanced stages of shock.

Prospective students must be certified at the EMT-B level. Those who successfully complete EMT-Intermediate training can pursue careers with fire departments and police departments.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you are seeking EMT basic or intermediate programs, it is often helpful to familiarize yourself with all factors of a school before choosing your program. Below you will find facts and figures reflecting each school's population, acceptance rate, tuition, graduation rate and more.

Utah Valley University Dixie State University
School Type4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013)30,564* 8,350*
Campus Setting Small city Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)$5,086 (in-state)*
$14,256 (out-of-state)*
$4,291 (in-state)*
$12,307 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013)74%* 87%*
Acceptance Rate (2013)100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2013)61%* 60%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013)24%* 36%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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