Denver-Area Schools with EMT Training Programs
There's only one school providing EMT training in Denver, but others in the surrounding area also offer varying levels of training. This article examines three schools within 25 minutes of Denver, and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about the schools, such as size, costs and graduation rates. At the end of the article is information about a few more schools, a little more distant, that offer EMT training programs.
- Located about 16 miles from the heart of downtown, Front Range Community College offers two EMT certificate programs.
- EMT certificate programs for basic and advanced training and an associate's degree in emergency medical technology can be found at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, about 16 miles from Denver's city center.
- Arapahoe Community College students in Littleton have access to basic and enhanced certificate programs. This school is 11.5 miles out from downtown Denver.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are deciding on a school for their EMT training should consider many aspects, such as the school's retention rate and campus setting. This table lists important data about each of these three institutions in a format that allows for quick comparison.
|Front Range Community College||Red Rocks Community College||Arapahoe Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||19,259*||7,355*||12,421*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Midsize city||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,908 in-state, $14,783 out-of-state*||$4,008 in-state, $14,773 out-of-state*||$3,677 in-state, $14,441 out-of-state*|
|Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||65%*||50%*||58%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||59% full-time, 44% part-time*||49% full-time, 40% part-time*||58% full-time, 45% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in Fall 2014||23%*||26% (for students beginning Fall 2011)*||26%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Front Range Community College
This community college offers two EMT certificate programs. Both are offered at the school's Larimer, Boulder and Westminster campuses.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the field and can be taken by aspiring EMTs as well as firefighters, nurses or medical school students. It consists of 12 credits and graduates can sit for the national registration exam.
Clinical EMT - Certificate
In this 24-credit 2-semester program, students take courses in medical and trauma emergencies, EMT fundamentals and special considerations, IV therapy and basic EKG interpretation as well as patient care electives and a clinical experience.
Red Rocks Community College
Students here can choose between a minimum-requirement program and one that covers the profession in greater detail. Credits earned in both certificate programs can be applied toward the associate's degree.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
This program is composed of a single course that is essentially the first semester of the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology program. It is designed to prepare students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam, which is a Colorado EMT certification requirement. This program consists of classroom studies and clinical experiences. Students must be at least 18 years old before starting the course and attend a pre-class information session to get approval to enter the program.
Emergency Medical Technician- Advanced Certificate
For students seeking more detailed studies in emergency medical services, this program covers subjects such as pharmacology and trauma emergencies through a series of seven classes. Students may also use this program as preparation for paramedic studies.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology
This 47-credit program includes basic and advanced EMT training as well as courses in IV therapy, pharmacology and EMT special considerations. Simulation labs, internships, clinical experiences and a seminar are also part of the curriculum.
Arapahoe Community College
Students at Arapahoe Community College can choose from a streamlined program or one with more detailed studies. Both of these programs will qualify students to take the NREMT exam once they've been completed successfully.
Emergency Medical Services - EMT Certificate
Students must pass a criminal background check, have acceptable CPR certification, meet health standards and be at least 18 years old to participate in this program. The curriculum consists of four classes that are designed to prepare students for EMT work in locations such as ambulance services, ski patrols, fire departments and hospital emergency departments. A clinical rotation is included in the program.
EMT Basic Enhanced Certificate
This 30-credit certificate can be awarded to students who earn at least a 'C' in each class. The curriculum is presented through a more comprehensive approach that can help students who are aspiring EMTs as well as students who wish to pursue a career in paramedicine. Along with classroom and clinical studies, students choose from two electives: EMS Wilderness or Medical Terminology.
Other School Options
Approximately four miles from Denver, Community College of Aurora allows students to earn certificates for EMT and paramedicine or take a step further and earn a paramedicine associate's degree.