Emergency medical services programs are most commonly held at 2-year community colleges, but some 4-year colleges also offer programs. At times, these can be referred to as EMT, EMS or paramedic technology programs.
Schools with Emergency Medical Services Programs
The following schools offer emergency medical services programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, Texas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,550 In-district
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|| Diploma
| $2,830 In-state
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, Nevada||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|| Certificate
| $3,492 In-state
|West Los Angeles College||Culver City, California||2-year, Public||Paramedic Program||$9,500**|
|Houston Community College||Houston, Texas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,632 In-district
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, Indiana||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,368 In-state
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, Texas||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,600 In-district
|Miami Dade College||Miami, Florida||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Certificate|| $2,838 In-state
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, Virginia||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $5,610 In-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **School website
School Selection Criteria
Emergency medical services programs will often involve anatomy and biology classes, and many schools require a clinical internship before graduation. Before choosing a program, consider the following:
- In many cases, students are required to be certified at either the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level before enrolling in certificate or associate degree programs for paramedics.
- Some certificate programs take two years to finish and may include more clinical experiences or general requirements than 1-year programs.
- Associate's degree programs may be better suited for students who wish to continue their education and transfer to a bachelor's degree program in a related field, such as allied health services or nursing.
- Students may be interested in programs that offer courses specifically designed to prepare for national and state certification exams.
Certificate in Emergency Medical Services
Certificate programs typically require that students have been previously certified at the basic or intermediate EMT level. Individuals are often required to complete clinical experiences.
Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services
Associate degree programs in the emergency medical services can be completed in two years and are typically designed to prepare students for national and state-level exams. General education courses in math, science and English are typically required. Students often need to complete extensive clinical experiences, which occur over multiple semesters.
Emergency medical services programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs emphasize competency in areas such as cardiology, trauma, emergency procedures, airway assessment and paramedic technology.