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EMT Basic Classes in NYC with Program Information

In the NYC area, there are around seven colleges offering EMT classes within 40 miles of the city center. Learn about some of these schools' EMT training programs, including admission info and program requirements, to make an informed education decision.

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NYC Schools Offering EMT Basic Classes

Students interested in EMT classes near New York City have options. This article describes the programs of three schools, all located within 40 miles of downtown New York. See the table following for a comparison of costs, enrollment size and campus settings.

  • The closest school to downtown is John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which is five miles from downtown. It offers two EMT (emergency medical technician) courses: an EMT-Basic course and a New York State EMT-Basic refresher course.
  • LaGuardia Community College is also five miles from downtown and offers an EMT-Basic course with classes three days a week. This course is required for students who plan to enroll in LaGuardia's paramedic program.
  • Rockland Community College has two EMT classes: an Emergency Medical Technology I class and an Emergency Medical Technology II class. It is 40 miles from downtown New York City.

Comparison of Schools

John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY LaGuardia Community College Rockland Community College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 14,834 19,373 6,950
Campus Setting City: large City: large Suburb: large
Tuition (Fall 2018-2019) $1,299/EMT-Basic Tuition; $399/EMT-Refresher Tuition** $1,095 *** $199/credit for Rockland County and out-of-county NY residents with certificates; $398/credit for out-of-state and out-of-county NY residents without certificates****
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 79% 77% 54%
Graduation Rate* 47%; 29% transfer-out rate (2011) 23%; 14% transfer-out rate- (2014) 28%; 20% transfer-out rate (2014)

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **John Jay College of Criminal Justice, ***CUNY LaGuardia Community College, ****Rockland Community College.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JJCCJ) is located in New York City and is one of many divisions of the City University of New York (CUNY). JJCCJ offers several certification programs through its continuing education department. Included in the school's emergency medical technology certification programs are an EMT-B course and a New York State EMT-B refresher course.

Emergency Medical Technician -Basic (EMT-B)

The EMT-basic course at JJCCJ qualifies students for New York State certification and prepares them to work as entry-level EMTs for fire departments, ambulances and hospitals. In addition to classroom studies, the curriculum also requires hands-on training working in an ambulance and in a hospital emergency room.

New York State Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Refresher Course

The course is aimed at EMTs in need of recertification. This comprehensive program is based on the curriculum set by the New York State Department of Health. In addition to preparing EMTs for the recertification, there are challenge exams to help locate students' weaknesses and determine which sessions would help improve these.

LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College offers several courses through its continuing education department. In addition to the EMT-Basic course, LaGuardia also offers a paramedic program. Individuals interested in enrolling in the paramedic program must first complete the EMT-B training.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic

The EMT-Basic training at LaGuardia is a 4-month program that prepares students to pass the New York State EMT certification exam and work as licensed EMTs in pre-hospital emergency settings. The school runs this course periodically throughout the year. The day-time classes are held twice a week for seven hours a day. The part-time classes, which are held three times a week, are typically held in the evenings.

Rockland Community College

Rockland Community College (RCC) offers a variety of learning options, including daytime, evening and weekend courses as well as online programs. RCC also offers a wide variety of career-oriented courses designed to prepare students for immediate employment. Included in this group are emergency medical technology courses.

Emergency Medical Technology I

The EMT I class at Rockland Community College trains students to provide pre-hospital emergency care to sick and injured patients. Students learn to assess patients' conditions, determine and initiate appropriate emergency care and safely transport patients to the hospital. Topics of study in the class include patient assessment, airway management and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The curriculum combines didactic studies with clinical education and field internships. Upon completion of this course, students are prepared to sit for the state certification exam.

Emergency Medical Technology II

The class builds on what the students learned in the EMT I class. Students learn about providing emergency care to infants, children and adults. As with the EMT I class, the blended curriculum includes coursework, clinical education and field internships. Some classes may be held on Saturdays. This course must be taken after or while taking the EMT I class.

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