EMT Classes and Training in Indianapolis, IN with School Options

Oct 11, 2020

Indianapolis, IN, Schools for EMT Training

Three schools in the Indianapolis area offer programs in EMT and paramedic sciences. Two are downtown, while the other is about 70 minutes from the city center. This article examines the schools and the training options they offer. It also includes a table of facts about each school, such as costs, campus setting and enrollment. Prospective students can use this information to help them find the school that's best for them.

  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis is at the heart of the city. It offers an EMT-Basic program and associate degree in paramedic science.
  • Also located in downtown Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College provides an associate degree program in paramedic science as well as a certificate in basic emergency medical studies which qualifies students to take the national EMT certification exams.
  • The one-month selective EMT training program at DePauw University is available each January and requires instructor permission to enroll. Graduates of these programs qualify for licensing and certification. DePauw is almost 43 miles from downtown Indianapolis.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are looking for schools that offer EMT training need to consider a variety of factors. This table compiles important information that can help them decide on their training.

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana DePauw University
School Type* 4-year, public 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2019)* 29,537 72,689 (parent campus) 1,972
Campus Setting* Large city Large city Distant town
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)* $9,701 per year in-state $4,500 per year in-state $51,146 per year
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2018-2019)* 89% 72% (parent campus) 99%
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2019)* 81% N/A - open admissions 64%
Retention Rate (2018-2019)* 73% full-time; 51% part-time 53% full-time; 40% part-time (parent campus) 86% full-time
Graduation Rate* 50% graduation rate; 23% transfer-out rate (students who began Fall 2013) 25% graduation rate; 16% transfer-out rate (students who began Fall 2016) 84% graduation rate (students who began Fall 2013)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

EMT training and courses are offered through the Department of Emergency Medicine, which is part of the university's School of Medicine. Training is also given in association with the Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Wishard Memorial Hospital.


This single-semester program is available to all students of the university. Students must have a stethoscope and Health Care Provider CPR certification before enrolling in the program. After graduating, students qualify to take the practical and written tests administered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for EMT licensing.

Associate of Science in Paramedic Science

This degree program takes two years to complete. Students take one year of prerequisite courses (can be taken part time) and one year of professional courses (offered full time during the day only). However, it is possible to work part time during the professional portion of the degree program. Students must also complete clinical training courses, which are generally scheduled on the weekends or during the evenings mainly in the Indianapolis area. In addition to university fees, students must buy a uniform, EKG caliper and a stethoscope. Graduates must pass the National Advanced Level Certification Examination to work as paramedics. The exam is issued by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) and also confers certification through the organization.

Ivy Tech Community College

The paramedic science associate's program is given through the Division of Health Sciences at Ivy Tech. After completing this program students are eligible to take the National Registry Paramedic exam and find employment as an EMT.

Certificate in Basic Emergency Medical Studies

Ivy Tech's certificate program in basic emergency medical studies consists of one course which is 7.5 credits and lasts one semester. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national EMT certification exams.

Associate of Science in Paramedic Science

The paramedic science associate degree program is offered at multiple Ivy Tech campuses throughout the state. Students take paramedic science courses, such as pre-hospital pharmacology, patient assessment, airway, clinical application, trauma, ambulance internship, operations and clinical application. This program has limited enrollment.

DePauw University

DePauw University is a liberal arts university that has been in operation for over 175 years. The EMT course is a winter term course. It is given in the month of January between the fall and spring semesters.

EMT Training

This course is given on campus, though it also incorporates online learning. Applicants must have earned CPR certification prior to the start of the course. In addition, students need a Public Safety ID number, which requires a Social Security number. The estimated cost of the program is $750 plus books.

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