Massachusetts Emergency Medical Training
Emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic training programs in Massachusetts typically award students with certificates or associate's degrees and offer preparation for certification exams. Find out about two schools' offerings, including length of programs, curricula and prerequisites. The table in this article details additional information about these schools.
- Northeastern University is located in Boston. This school offers emergency medical technician basic or paramedic technology certificates, in addition to an associate's degree in paramedic technology.
- Massachusetts Bay Community College, located approximately 15 miles west of Boston, in Wellesley Hills, offers emergency medical technician and paramedicine certificates.
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Comparison of Schools
Choosing the right program for emergency medical training is an important decision. Finding the right school is also crucial, and the following table gives details about the campus settings, yearly tuition, enrollment numbers and graduation rates for these two schools.
|Northeastern University||Massachusetts Bay Community College|
|School Type||4-year, private, non-profit||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||19,798*||5,369*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$45,530*|| $4,496 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||75%*||66%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||32%*||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||96%*||62%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||82%*||15%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Northeastern University is a private, 4-year university situated in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Emergency medical training programs at Northeastern University are offered through the Institute for Emergency Medical Services within the College of Professional Studies, which is a college that is geared towards providing certificate and degree programs for professionals seeking to advance their careers.
Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Certificate program is one of oldest emergency services training programs in the nation. The program can be completed in seven weeks if the student chooses the intensive program, or 12 weeks of traditional classroom time. Students in the program are trained to handle an array of emergency situations, including broken bones, bleeding, poisonings and emergency childbirth. All students are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) early in the program. Upon completion of the training, graduates can sit for the national EMT-Basic certification exam.
Certificate in Paramedic Technology
Northeastern University's Paramedic Technology Certificate program prepares students for emergency medical care careers in pre-hospital settings, such as an ambulance. Students who currently hold an EMT-Basic certificate are eligible to enroll for this program. All students take two courses in anatomy and physiology, followed by a 7-part series of emergency medical services courses. The emergency medical services courses provide detailed training in myriad types of emergencies, ranging from car accidents to emergency childbirth.
Associate of Science in Paramedic Technology
The associate degree program in paramedic technology builds upon the paramedic certificate program, rounding out the emergency services training with liberal arts classes. The emergency services component includes 1,500 hours of study, which is divided between lectures and labs, clinical rotations and a field internship. The program is offered on the Northeastern campus and is intended to immerse students in a complete university experience rather than an isolated training environment. There is also a degree completion option for students who have a paramedic certificate but did not earn college credit.
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Founded in 1961, Massachusetts Bay Community College is public, 2-year college located outside of Boston in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. The school, which is commonly called MassBay, offers local students certificates, associate degrees and transferable credits that help to meet educational and career goals. Two emergency medical training programs are offered through the Health Sciences Department.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
The EMT certificate program at Massachusetts Bay Community College prepares students for the Massachusetts EMT-Basic certification exam. Students are trained through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on laboratory work. The course meets areas of the National Standard Training Curriculum for the Basic EMT-B, including shock management, wound care, triage and airway ventilation. The training consists of one 6-credit course.
Massachusetts Bay Community College's paramedicine certificate is offered as a day or evening program. The paramedic training program prepares students for advanced emergency medical care, which may include the ability to handle injuries and trauma, as well as meet other pre-hospital needs. Prior to admission, students must be certified EMT's in Massachusetts. The training is designed to prepare students for the Massachusetts EMT-Paramedic exam.