Connecticut Schools Offering EMT Programs
Students interested in taking emergency medical technician (EMT) classes in Connecticut have a limited number of schools from which to choose. The schools that do offer these types of classes are typically community colleges that provide both certificate and associate's degree programs for EMTs. Graduates of these programs are prepared to take professional certification exams.
This article takes a closer look at two of these schools and their EMT studies. Get details about course topics and clinical field experiences, and find facts and statistics about each school in the table at the beginning of this article.
- Capital Community College is situated directly in the downtown Hartford area. The college offers various EMT options, including paramedic studies and an emergency management response program.
- University of New Haven's programs are at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. The school's main campus is located in West Haven, but has an additional four campuses (including one in Italy).
Comparison of Schools
When choosing an EMT program, it is often beneficial to learn all you can about each of the schools offering these studies. Below you will find facts and figures reflecting each school's population, acceptance rates, tuition, graduation rates and more.
|Capital Community College||University of New Haven|
|School Type*||2-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||3,282||6,984|
|Campus Setting*||Midsize city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$4,356 (in-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||90%||98%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100% (open admissions policy)||88%|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||45%||79%|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate*||6% (For students who began their studies fall 2014)||60% (For students who began their studies fall 2011)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Capital Community College
Formed in 1992 through a merger between Hartford Community College and Harford State Technical College, Capital Community College (CCC) is a 2-year college with an annual enrollment of over 3,000 students. In addition to 36 associate's degree programs and 23 certificate programs, CCC also offers online education.
This program trains participants to provide life support and pre-hospital care to individuals in emergency situations. The curriculum includes classroom lectures, laboratory work, supervised clinical education and internships. Participants become certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Upon completion, they can take the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) exam, along with a practical skills exam. Passing both exams is a requirement to obtain national certification.
Emergency Medical Technician - Emergency Management Response Certificate
This program trains individuals to respond to emergency situations. Courses cover emergency management training techniques. The program is made up of nine credits divided among three classes.
Emergency Medical Services Instructor Certificate
Certified EMTs learn to teach others how to become competent emergency medical responders. Those with valid EMS certification are eligible for this 3-course program. Participants must be proficient with computers and should have knowledge of PowerPoint. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates can obtain state certification from the State Department of Public Health. An associate's degree option for this program is also available.
Associate in Science in Paramedic Studies
In this 2-year program, a continuation of the paramedic certificate program, participants study the anatomy and physiology of the human body and learn the proper responses to emergencies. They also complete internships that include lectures, clinical education and field experiences.
Associate in Science in Paramedic Studies: Emergency Management Response
This program, an extension of the certificate program, teaches students how disease affects the body and the best ways to hinder it. Participants also study the administration of pre-hospital care through courses that include topics like hazardous environments and disaster management principles.
University of New Haven
Founded in 1920 as part of the Yale campus, the University of New Haven is a 4-year college with an annual enrollment of more than 6,000 students. It offers bachelor's degree, associate's degree and certificate programs, including options for aspiring paramedics.
Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to test for paramedic licensure in Connecticut. They may also opt to sit for the NREMT exam. In total, students need to complete 76 credits of classes. Classes include anatomy and physiology, patient examination, cardiology, obstetric emergencies and environmental emergencies. In addition to classroom lectures, students complete field work and internships, where they can put to use what they've learned in the classroom.
As the first bachelor's degree in paramedicine offered in Connecticut, this program provides its graduates with certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), Pediatric Education Pre-hospital Professional (PEPP), Geriatric Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). This program's courses are similar to the A.S. program, though there are more credits required and an additional 18 credits of electives to take.