EMT Classes in NYC with School Information

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) classes in the New York City area, which currently has at least four schools offering programs. Read an overview of courses, admission info and program requirements for three schools, all within about 25 miles of downtown, and decide which program is right for you.

New York City Schools with EMT Courses

EMT classes in New York City can generally be found in the first semester of paramedic programs, but students can test for initial certification once they've completed the EMT-Basic courses. This article examines three schools, all 26 miles or less from the city center, that offer this training and the programs they provide. Facts about these schools that could be useful to aspiring EMT students, such as costs and size, are displayed as a chart. There's also some information at the end of the article about one other area school that have EMT training programs.

  • At CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, less than three miles from the heart of downtown, students can take an emergency medical care course.
  • Just over three miles from the city center, CUNY LaGuardia Community College offers an EMT-Basic class.
  • SUNY Westchester Community College in Valhalla also has an emergency medical services class. It is about 26 miles from downtown NYC.

Comparison of Schools

Students need to look at many factors when choosing a school for their EMT training. The following table presents important information in a format that allows for quick comparison.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY LaGuardia Community College SUNY Westchester Community College
School Type* 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 26,932 19,373 12,571
Campus Setting* Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $5,170 in-state,
$8,050 out-of-state
$5,218 in-state,
$8,098 out-of-state
$4,743 in-state,
$12,233 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Type of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 83% 77% 65%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (Fall 2016-Fall 2017)* 63% for full-time students,
45% for part-time students
64% for full-time students,
30% for part-time students
64% for full-time students,
52% for part-time students
Graduation Rate (2014 start date)* 20% 23% 17%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

Students can find this school's EMT training class in the paramedic program.

Emergency Medical Care Course

This course covers basic, pre-hospital care skills for treating emergency patients. Credits earned in this course can be applied towards a degree in paramedicine. After passing this class, students are qualified to take the New York State Emergency Medical Technical Certification exam.

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Students must be at least 18 and high school graduates, along with passing a pre-screening process that includes a reading test and an interview. The course is a part of the school's continuing education programs.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course

This basic course spans 2-4 months, and classes may be available in both day and evening formats. EMT skills are learned through classroom instruction and clinical rotation assignments.

SUNY Westchester Community College

Students must be at least 18 years old by the end of the month in which they'll take their certification exam in order to enroll in this class.

Emergency Medical Services Basic

The curriculum was designed to teach students patient assessment, basic life support techniques, human anatomy and treatment methods for pre-hospital patient emergencies. The class includes 16 hours of pre-hospital clinical practice. Successfully completing this class will qualify a student to take the New York State Department of Health EMT-B certification test.

Paramedic Program

Over four semesters, students will earn all the skills and experience needed to complete the certificate program. Westchester Community College has a 95% NYS EMS certification exam first time pass rate as of 2018. At WCC, students will use simulators to gain insightful and real-time feedback for their care. With additional general education courses, students may also earn an associate's degree in this field.

Other School Options

EMT classes are also available at the New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education, which is located 10.5 miles away from downtown New York City.


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