In New York, prospective EMT (emergency medical technician) classes are offered at several community colleges. They may be presented as refresher or continuing education classes. As students prepare for certification, they participate in laboratory sessions. Clinical training is obtained through emergency room and ambulance rotations. Students may need a CPR certification to qualify for admission. The classes can take about six months to complete.
The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services regulates the certification of emergency medical technicians. To qualify for certification, an individual must be at least 18 years of age and have completed state-approved training. Aspiring EMTs first take a practical skills test and then a written test. Those who earn the credentials to work as EMTs in New York may also qualify to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam. Read on for summaries of seven of the largest schools that offer approved classes to students interested in emergency medical technician certification.
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The Emergency Medical Technician - Basic class offered by this school in New York prepares students for not only EMT-Basic certification but also offers weapons of mass destruction awareness training. Student can expect to spend eight hours in ambulance training and eight hours in emergency room training. This course is offered through the school's continuing education program.
CUNY Queensborough Community College
Students who take this 196-hour EMT-basic course over 24 sessions in Bayside can earn eight credits; it's also available as a continuing education class for no credit at a discounted fee. Admission requirements include being at least 18 years old, having proof of MMR immunization, and having current CPR or American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support certification. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have standard first aid or emergency response certification prior to enrollment. Some of these prerequisite and preferred certification programs are also available through the school.
Monroe Community College
In Rochester, students at Monroe Community College can take the Emergency Medical Technician course. Students learn general principles of emergency care and transport. In addition to 96 hours of lectures and 96 hours of lab sessions, students are responsible for earning at least 20 hours of clinical training. Students may earn nine credits for this class. This class is also available as part of the school's Certificate in Emergency Medical Services program. This school charges part-time students tuition by the credit hour, plus additional fees.
Niagara County Community College
This school's class, offered in Sanborn, takes roughly six months to complete. Students who complete the EMT program will also be trained for American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR certification; a refresher program is also available. The program is offered each spring and fall.
St. John's University
St. John's University Emergency Medical Service Institute offers original and refresher EMT, paramedic, and related training in Queens, NY. Applicants must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and be able to physically handle lifting, carrying, and moving a minimum of 125 lbs. The 220-hour program is offered in 50 4-hour sessions plus 24 hours riding along on an ambulance. The ambulance rotation is offered on 8- and 12-hour shifts, 24/7, to best meet students' needs. Students participate in lecture, lab, and clinical training, as well as online quizzes. Lectures take place in Fresh Meadows; clinical sites include hospitals in Manhattan and the Bronx. Three evening classes are offered per year. Tuition includes student malpractice insurance.
Suffolk County Community College
The Emergency Medical Care Program is available at SCCC's Ammerman Campus in Selden, Grant Campus in Brentwood, and Eastern Campus in Riverhead. Through a combination of lectures and labs, students gain knowledge and experience in performing emergency care measures and operational tasks that are part of the job. Applicants are required to have a physical and to buy liability insurance through the school to participate. Regular assessments and exams take place as students progress through the course. Students are also required to complete a research paper, an oral presentation, and 24 hours of clinical observation in the emergency room of one of two nearby hospitals.
Tompkins Cortland Community College
In Dryden, students can enroll in this Basic EMT course that begins in the fall semester and runs through March. The course is a combination of lectures and lab sessions. While it's possible to enroll in a single class at Tompkins Cortland Community College, some students may have to complete prerequisite coursework in English and reading before taking this class, depending on their placement test scores.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||EMT Classes Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice||4-year; public; large city||Emergency Medical Technician - Basic|| $7,270 (in-state),
|CUNY Queensborough Community College||2-year; public; large city||EMT Certification Basic Course|| $5,210 (in-state),
|Monroe Community College||2-year; public; large suburb||Emergency Medical Technician Course||$5,336 (in-state),
|Niagara County Community College||2-year; public; rural fringe||EMT Original|| $4,923 (in-state),
|St. John's University||4-year; private nonprofit; large city||Emergency Medical Technician Program||$41,760|
|Suffolk County Community College||2-year; public; large suburb||Emergency Medical Technician - Basic|| $5,792 (in-state),
|Tompkins Cortland Community College||2-year; public; fringe town||Basic Emergency Medical Technician Course|| $6,046 (in-state),
Sources: *NCES College Navigator