Basic EMT Training in Nashville, TN with School Information

There are three schools within 50 miles of Nashville that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info to find out which school is the right one for you.

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Nashville-Area Schools for Basic EMT Training

While students searching for Basic EMT training in Nashville won't find anything within the city, there are three schools within an hour's drive that have a variety of training and continuing education programs for prospective EMTs. This article looks at these schools and their programs, which all meet state certification requirements.

  • At Volunteer State Community College, students can earn a technical certificate. This school is about 24 miles from downtown Nashville.
  • Around 32 miles from downtown, Middle Tennessee State University offers EMT training through continuing education classes.
  • Students at Columbia State Community College can take advantage of a full term EMT training course. This school is approximately 42 miles from Nashville's city center.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table offers information that prospective students should know when deciding on a school for their EMT training.

Volunteer State Community College Middle Tennessee State University Columbia State Community College
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 7,664* 22,729* 5,117*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Distant town
Annual Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $3,925 in-state, $15,325 out-of-state* $8,080 in-state, $24,808 out-of-state* $3,919 in-state, $15,319 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2013-2014) 90%* 99%* 90%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A Open admissions* 72%* N/A Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 54% full-time, 41% part-time* 71% full-time, 38% part-time* 60% full-time, 38% part-time*
Graduation Rate 16% for students who began their studies in 2011* 46% for students who began their studies in 2008* 16% for students who began their studies in 2011*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.

Volunteer State Community College

To enroll in this program, students must be 18 years old, pass a background check and have a high school diploma or GED. Students should also be physically fit enough to meet occupational challenges.

EMT-Basic Technical Certificate

This certificate can be earned in a single semester. The classes cover anatomy and physiology, emergency medical service theory, clinical practice and emergency pharmacology. Course credits can be applied towards an Associate in Applied Science degree and to meet admission criteria for the paramedic program. Successful completion of this program qualifies students to take the Tennessee EMT-Basic licensing exam.

Middle Tennessee State University

Before enrolling in this program, students must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Prospective students will also have to pass a criminal background check.

EMT Training Program

Students who successfully complete the program can do so in less than a year and are qualified to take the Tennessee licensing test. There are two sequential courses required for this program: EMT-Basic and Advanced EMT. The basic course takes seven months to complete, and the advanced course meets twice a week over the span of a few months. Students can apply to the program without applying to the college because this is a non-credit course, which also disqualifies students from receiving traditional forms of financial aid.

Columbia State Community College

To enroll in this program, students must be 18 years old, provide immunization records and be able to meet the program's physical qualifications. Before students can participate, they must submit to a background check and drug screening, have health insurance, pass a physical exam and meet the program's immunization standards.

Emergency Medical Technician Program

Students learn how to work both independently and as team members of an emergency medical services (EMS) crew. This is a single course that includes classroom study, clinical rotations and EMS rotations. The program is offered during the day on a 2-class per week basis or in the evenings on a 4-class per week basis and can be completed in a single semester. Students will need to provide their own uniforms and diagnostic kits. Once a student successfully completes this training program, he or she will be qualified to take the Tennessee licensing exam.

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