Georgia EMT Programs
Proper training and professional certification are essential to those interested in pursuing a career as an emergency medical technician (EMT). Residents of Georgia can choose from several school options for this type of training, mainly at 2-year community and technical colleges. Studies can be found at the basic, intermediate and paramedic levels. Programs are designed to prepare students to take National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examinations to receive licensure in this field; the designation pursued depends on the program completed.
Two Georgia colleges with EMT programs are highlighted in this article. Read details about coursework, labs and clinical experiences. Get facts about both schools contained in the table at the bottom of this article.
- Chattahoochee Technical College's main campus is based approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. The school offers intermediate EMT and paramedic studies at the certificate and diploma levels.
- Central Georgia Technical College has five EMT programs. The college is located in Macon, about five miles southwest of that city's downtown area.
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Comparison of Schools
You might wish to consider all factors of a school before selecting an emergency medical technician training program. Below you will find helpful facts and statistics regarding each school's population, tuition, campus setting, acceptance rates and more.
|Chattahoochee Technical College||Central Georgia Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||10,201||8,045|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$2,782 (in-state)
| $2,774 (in-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||85%||92%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100% (open admissions policy)||100% (open admissions policy)|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||53% for full-time students||56% for full-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2014)*||26%||30%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Chattahoochee Technical College
With eight campuses across six counties in northern Georgia, Chattahoochee Technical College hosts over 10,000 students annually. This 2-year college's mission is to offer quality education and job-skills training at an affordable price. Chattahoochee Technical College offers two programs in EMT training at the intermediate and paramedic levels.
Emergency Medical Services Professions Diploma
Students graduating with the EMS diploma are able to provide patients with vital sign and shock assessment, bleeding control, airway management and basic cardiac life support. Coursework includes nine classes of lecture and instruction on these topics followed by three classes of hands-on clinical and practical applications.
Designed for students who hold EMT or advanced EMT certificates, this program offers skills training to advance to the paramedic level. Through classroom, laboratory, field and clinical experiences, students receive intensive instruction necessary to be successful in the emergency medical services field. The curriculum covers dosage and reactions to medication, usage of advanced medical equipment and advanced care to special needs patients. Upon completion of the curriculum, students receive a paramedic technology diploma. Students can also continue on for their AAS in paramedicine.
Central Georgia Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College provides educational and occupational training to over 8,000 students. Georgia residents are given priority admission over out-of-state students. This school offers several options for students seeking EMT training, including a 2-year degree and several certificate programs, a few of which are profiled below.
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Technical Certificate
This certificate program focuses on instruction and application of knowledge related to the middle level of EMT training. Students receive classroom and lab instruction on shock and trauma management, airway management, patient assessment and pharmacology. Students must be 18 to join this 10-credit-hour program.
This program includes a prerequisite of prior EMT certification. The paramedic technology diploma program focuses on upgrading patient and response skills from the EMT level to the paramedic level. Courses cover training in advanced subjects, such as cardiology, maternal pediatric emergencies and special needs patients. In addition, students take occupational classes, including anatomy. Six clinical application courses follow the classroom and lab instruction. Students successfully completing the program receive a paramedic technology diploma.
Associate of Applied Science - Paramedicine
The associate degree program at Central Georgia Technical College is very similar to the paramedic technology diploma track in terms of EMT training. The paramedic curriculum is identical; however, the degree program requires 18 hours of general education core classes, such as math and composition. Students completing this program are awarded a paramedic technology associate degree.