EMT Training Programs near Boston
Although students won't find EMT training at many school located directly in Boston, there are three schools within 50 miles of the city that do offer these programs. This article examines those schools and their EMT programs. It also includes a table of information that prospective students should be aware of, such as costs, school size and graduation rates.
- Students at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, about 15 miles from downtown Boston, can earn a certificate for EMT training.
- Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, 39 miles from downtown Boston, offers an EMT-Basic course.
- For students near Worcester, Quinsigamond Community College offers certificate programs for basic and paramedic EMT levels. This school is almost 48 miles from Boston's downtown.
Comparison of Schools
Aspiring EMTs should look at all aspects of any school they are considering for their training. The following table offers a quick way to compare these schools.
|Massachusetts Bay Community College||Northern Essex Community College||Quinsigamond Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,629*||5,726*||7,368*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$5,088 in-state, $10,032 out-of-state*||$4,992 in-state, $10,776 out-of-state*||$5,538 in-state, $10,482 out-of-state*|
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||59%*||70%*||75%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open enrollment||N/A - Open enrollment||N/A - Open enrollment|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||56% full-time, 46% part-time*||58% full-time, 44% part-time*||52% full-time, 50% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2014||17%*||18%*||19%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.
Massachusetts Bay Community College
To participate in this program, students must pass criminal and sexual offender background checks. Students will also need to be at least 18 years old at the time of the certification exam.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
Students can earn this certificate by achieving at least a C+ grade in one class. The course prepares students to take the Massachusetts EMT-Basic exam through the Office of Emergency Medical Services. Students are taught human anatomy and physiology, patient assessment, CPR, airway management, stabilization and transportation of emergency patients. The course also covers treatment techniques for pre-hospital patients of all ages, from childbirth through geriatrics.
Northern Essex Community College
Before signing up for this class, prospective students will need to meet the school's reading and writing standards. Students are also required to pass criminal background and sexual offender checks.
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Course
The course is offered in daytime and alternative schedules. Students learn about airway management and oxygen therapy, cardiac arrest management and defibrillator use, techniques for extracting patients from vehicles, childbirth and other related skills. Successful completion of this course qualifies students to take the Massachusetts Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) Certification exam.
Paramedic Technology Associate Degree
Through lectures, labs and field experiences, the associate degree program in paramedic technology is a 2-year program of study that prepares students to sit for the national registry exam. Required courses and labs cover trauma care, pharmacology, medical emergencies and cardiovascular emergencies.
Quinsigamond Community College
This school offers three levels of EMT studies. Both the basic and paramedic programs are offered in a single course, and the paramedic program is broken down into sections. The school also has a 2-year degree program in paramedic technology.
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
In this course, students learn through a combination of classroom studies, lab practice and field experience. The class is designed to prepare students to take the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services EMT-Basic exam. Students are required to pass criminal and sexual offender background checks. They also need to have current CPR certification and meet health standards.
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
To enroll in this course, students must meet the same health and safety criteria established for the basic class. Students must also have their EMT-Basic certification and a letter from an employer demonstrating at least a year of satisfactory field experience, and at least a C in two introductory English courses. The class provides thirteen modules of instruction through coursework, clinical work in hospitals and related facilities, and field experience. The curriculum prepares students to take the EMT Practical and Written Examinations and to be competent EMT-Paramedics to serve in career and volunteer positions throughout the Commonwealth and neighboring regions.
Associate in Science in Paramedic Technology
Advanced coursework in pre-hospital care and life support are among the main focuses of this extensive program. Students will learn how to handle neonatal and pediatric emergencies and build effective communication skills needed in medical crisis situations. Techniques students will practice in both clinical and academic settings include restoring heart rhythms, performing intubations, assessing illnesses and injuries, administering injections and using an electrocardiograph. Graduates will be prepared to take National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Psychomotor and Computerized Examinations.