There are two colleges and two hospitals that offer EMT basic training courses in this region. Prior to starting any EMT training course, most programs require students to be CPR certified through the American Heart Association. Some programs may require students to submit to drug screening and hepatitis B testing prior to enrollment.
Franciscan St. Margaret Health
This medical facility in Hammond offers a range of classes for emergency medical service providers, including an EMT basic training certification program. Prior to enrolling in the class, students must consent to drug testing as well as medical screenings for hepatitis and tuberculosis. Students must also pay a nonrefundable deposit as part of the application process. The EMT basic training course at this facility is divided into seven modules, including pharmacology and patient assessment, patient preparation, medical skills, airway resuscitation, special populations, trauma skills and ambulance operations. After each module, students must complete and pass exams. In this training program, students will spend 166 hours in classroom lecturers, 16 hours observing in the emergency room and 20 hours observing ambulance operations. Most students complete this program in six months and, upon passing the necessary tests, become certified basic EMTs.
Ivy Tech Community College
The Northwest campus of this community college consists of four locations, and the school at the Michigan City location offers an EMT basic training certificate program. Other locations in this region of Indiana may also offer EMT classes periodically, but students will have to check with the community college's admissions site for exact locations and course information. Enrollment requirements for this program include background checks and proof of immunizations. According to the college's website, the training provided in this program meets with Indiana's basic curriculum guidelines, which include training in providing cardiac and trauma care, administering medications, assessing patients and maintaining clear airways. Students who complete this 16.5 credit certificate program are eligible to take the NREMT exams and become licensed EMTs with the state of Indiana. This course is also designed to prepare students for more advanced training in the emergency medical services field, such as paramedic training.
Located in Notre Dame, this university's health services department offers an EMT basic training certificate program that includes 40 hours of clinical experience, 129 hours of classroom lecture, 16 hours of observation time in the emergency room and 24 hours riding along with ambulance workers. Course topics include pharmacology administration, patient airways, intravenous medication monitoring, patient assessment and cardiac care. Students are only eligible to take the state licensing exam if they pass the practical skills and written test exams, as part of the program requirements. As of 2013, this university affiliated their EMT basic training program with the one offered through Ivy Tech Community College.
St. Vincent Health
This nonprofit, Catholic hospital actually has multiple locations within Indiana, including the Lafayette location in Northwest Indiana. The facility offers an EMT basic certification program, but the facility only accepts 20 students each term, and all students must be high school graduates who are at least 18 years old. Students receive training in treating patients suffering from shock, excessive trauma, poisoning, illness, bleeding or airway constriction. The program also provides communications training, so that students learn how to communicate with patients and patients' families. Another part of basic training includes learning about managing patients, using splints, infant care and using emergency medical equipment. This program meets all state guidelines, so students who complete the certification program are eligible to sit for the licensing exams.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the training requirements for EMTs at all levels is regulated by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), and most states require individuals to pass NREMT exams and meet additional training requirements as part of the state licensing or certification process. In Indiana, EMTs at the basic level must have eight hours of hospital training and eight hours of ambulance training.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||EMT Classes Offered||EMT Class Cost 2015|
|Franciscan St. Margaret Health||Hospital, near metropolitan area||EMT Basic Training Certification Course||$750*|
|Ivy Tech Community College||2-year public school, mid-size city||EMT Basic Certificate Program||$3,323**|
|Notre Dame||4-year private school, rural area||EMT Basic Training Course||$800 plus additional materials***|
|St. Vincent Health||Medical facility, mid-sized city||EMT Basic Certification Program||$650 plus additional materials****|
Sources: *St. Francis Hospital, **Ivy Tech Community College, ***University of Notre Dame and ****St. Vincent Health.