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.
- Bunker Hill Community College is located in Boston. This school offers emergency medical technician and paramedic studies certificates in addition to an associate's degree in paramedic studies.
- Massachusetts Bay Community College, located approximately 15 miles west of Boston in Wellesley Hills, offers emergency medical technician and paramedicine certificates.
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.
|Bunker Hill Community College||Massachusetts Bay Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||11,881||4,629|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $4,224 (in-state)
| $5,088 (in-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||66%||59%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100% (open admissions)||100% (open admissions)|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||64% for full-time students||56% for full-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)*||14%||17%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Bunker Hill Community College
Serving over 11,000 students annually, Bunker Hill Community College is located in Boston, MA. Bunker Hill was founded in 1973 and has two main campuses and three satellite campuses around Boston.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
Once students have completed this program, they'll be able to sit for the national certification exam to become an EMT. To join the program, students must prove they are over the age of 18 and do not have alcohol or drug dependency. Along with an ability to understand and communicate in English, students must guarantee a perfect attendance record. This course is worth seven credits and requires 180 hours of work.
To earn the paramedic certificate, students must complete a 15-month course of study. Throughout the program, students study in class, complete clinical rotations and complete field internships. Overall, the program is worth 46 credits. In order to apply for this course, students must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and a valid driver's license.
Associate Degree in Paramedic Studies
This 61-credit program can be completed in just two years with an additional summer. Along with the clinicals and lectures, students must complete 18 credits of general education courses, including world view, quantitative thought and college writing.
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 and one 2-credit clinical.
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.