Boulder Area EMT Classes with School Options

Jan 02, 2019

There are about five schools within 50 miles of Boulder that have emergency medical technician (EMT) courses. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at three schools within 30 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

EMT Classes in the Boulder Area

There are two community colleges within 35 minutes of downtown Boulder that offer EMT classes. All these programs meet state training standards. In addition to profiling these schools, this article contains a table of pertinent information about them, such as costs and size. This information can help individuals make a sound decision about their training. Listed at the end of the article are a few other nearby schools that offer EMT training classes.

  • Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) has basic and advanced certificate programs for EMTs and paramedics. Red Rocks is around 27 miles from the Boulder city center
  • Students at Front Range Community College (FRCC), about 16 miles from downtown Boulder, can earn their EMT certificates and take the continuing education courses required to maintain an EMT license.

Comparison of Schools

This table allows prospective students to compare these two schools and see which would be the best fit for them. Its format makes it simple to see how the schools stack up in various areas that a student needs to consider.

Red Rocks Community College Front Range Community College
School Type 4-year, primarily associate's, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 7,355 19,259
Campus Setting Midsize city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $4,008 in-state, $14,773 out-of-state $3,908 in-state, $14,783 out-of-state
Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 50% 65%
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)* N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 49% full-time, 40% part-time 59% full-time, 44% part-time
Graduation Rate* 26% (Students beginning in 2011) 23% (Student beginning in 2014)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

Red Rocks Community College

RRCC's Emergency and Public Safety Department includes programs in fire science, park ranger and EMS. The two EMT certificate programs include courses that can be applied towards an associate's degree in paramedicine or emergency medical technology.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

The EMT-Basic program features both classroom and clinical experience courses to prepare students for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification exam, which is a requirement for Colorado certification. Topics include anatomy and physiology, in addition to EMT-specific training in emergency transport, First Aid and patient assessment.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

This 7-class program goes into more depth in emergency medical services topics and covers subjects such as pharmacology and trauma emergencies. A clinical internship is included. Students who aspire to become paramedics may also use this program as a step towards career advancement.

Front Range Community College

EMT training is available at three of Front Range Community College's campuses, including the one in Boulder. Admission requirements include meeting immunization criteria, having CPR certification, being 18 years old and passing a criminal background check.

EMT Certificate

Earning this certificate qualifies graduates to take the NREMT exam. Classes are taught in state-of-the-art facilities, on ambulance rotations and in hospital emergency departments. In addition to basic emergency care, students learn skills to deal with medical and trauma events. To earn this certificate, students must earn at least a C in all five courses for 12 credits.

Other School Options

There are two more schools within an hour's drive from Boulder that offer EMT and paramedic classes. At Arapahoe Community College, about 38 miles away, students can earn EMT, EMT Enhanced and paramedic certificates or an Associate of Applied Science EMS-Paramedicine degree. Another option that's 32 miles away is the Community College of Aurora. Here, students can earn certificates for EMT and paramedicine.

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