New York Schools Offering Emergency Training Courses
Basic, intermediate and advanced emergency medical technician (EMT) training courses are available at various community colleges throughout New York State. Programs are most commonly found at the certificate level, and graduates are prepared to sit for the corresponding certification exam given by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). More information about EMT programs at two upstate New York community colleges is below. Learn about common course topics and program duration before reading general facts about the colleges in the table at the end of this article.
- Monroe Community College is located approximately ten miles south of Rochester, NY. The college offers several certificate programs for EMTs, paramedics and emergency managers.
- Erie Community College offers paramedic-level studies in emergency medical technology. This school is based approximately 12 miles northeast of downtown Buffalo.
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Comparison of Schools
Whatever level of emergency training you are pursuing, you might examine all factors of a school before choosing a program. Below you can find statistics and facts regarding each school's tuition, population, campus setting and more.
|Monroe Community College||Erie Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||15,335*||12,733*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$4,554 (in-state)*
| $5,189 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||87%*||84%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||100% (open admissions policy)*||100% (open admissions policy)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||61%*||53%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||24%*||22%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Monroe Community College
Monroe Community College's Public Safety Training Facility offers a variety of emergency medical service (EMS) programs, including certified first responder, EMT, paramedic, EMS recertification and continuing medical education. Some of these programs have prerequisite courses or certifications, but many are open to all interested students.
Emergency Medical Services Certificate
This 24-25 credit certification program trains students for entry into an EMS career. Students will learn patient assessment and treatment protocol as well as medical communication techniques. The courses in this program will prepare students to obtain certification to as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician.
Certified First Responder Training Program
This EMS training program is designed for professional non-ambulance responders. Topics of study include patient assessment, shock, CPR review, airway, wound management, and full body immobilization. Graduates can apply to become certified first responders in the state of New York.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Program
This training program is designed for ambulance and other pre-hospital workers. Topics of study include trauma, psychological and circulatory emergencies, emergency childbirth, CPR, respiratory and environmental injuries. An additional ten clinical hours are also required.
Paramedic Training Program
EMT-Basic certification is required for all nine of the offered paramedic courses, which include topics in pharmacology, critical trauma care, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and 12-lead EKG interpretation. Successful completion of the introductory paramedicine course qualifies students for the New York certification exam for EMT-Intermediate.
EMS Recertification Programs
EMS recertification programs are offered in four areas, including certified first responder, emergency medical technician (EMT), EMT critical care and paramedic recertification. Students must already be certified in the chosen area in order to apply. EMT and paramedic recertification programs are also offered as web-based courses.
Erie Community College
Erie Community College (ECC) offers a 52-week, full-time emergency medical technology/paramedic (EMT-P) program. Prerequisites include EMT-Basic certification and a high school diploma. If necessary, EMT-Basic certification is available at ECC's North and South campuses. Being an active member or volunteer of an EMT unit prior to application is encouraged.
Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic (EMT-P)
This 1-year EMT-P program starts and finishes in August. The first semester includes a mix of lecture and lab work. Topics of study include pathophysiology, lifespan development and cardiology. Additionally, students perform clinical rotations through various operating rooms of affiliated hospitals, emergency departments, labor and delivery rooms, morgues, and the gross anatomy lab at Daemen College. The second semester offers coursework in trauma and medical emergencies and is spent primarily in hospital settings and internship clinical rotations.