EMT Classes in Utah: Sample Courses with Descriptions

Jan 02, 2019

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) classes in Utah, which currently has eight colleges and universities offering these courses. Read overviews of the courses and get some quick facts for two Utah schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Utah Schools Offering EMT Classes

Aspiring and current EMTs in Utah can enroll in basic or intermediate training programs at local postsecondary institutions. The requirements for intermediate programs usually stipulate that applicants already possess EMT-Basic certification. Completion of these studies leaves graduates eligible to take state certification exams.

Two of the larger Utah universities offering EMT programs are detailed here. Get information about required coursework, labs and clinical experiences. Find useful facts about each school in the table appearing in this article.

  • Utah Valley University offers basic EMT training. The school is found in Orem, approximately 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.
  • Weber State University is located just over 30 miles north of downtown Salt Lake City, in Ogden. Basic and advanced EMT programs are conducted through the Department of Emergency Healthcare, part of the university's Dumke College of Health Professions.

Comparison of Schools

You should look at all factors of a school before choosing where to enroll in EMT classes in Utah. Below you will find helpful information and statistics regarding each school's population, acceptance rates, financial aid availability, tuition and more.

Utah Valley University Weber State University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 37,282 27,949
Campus Setting Small city Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $5,652 (in-state)
$16,066 (out-of-state)
$5,712 (in-state)
$15,260 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 75% 86%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions policy) 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 66% 65%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011)* 30% 33%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Utah Valley University

Founded in 1941 as a vocational school, this school has changed its name several times before becoming Utah Valley University in 2008. More than 37,000 students are enrolled in the university's seven schools and colleges each year. The EMT program is available through the Emergency Services Department.


The EMT-Basic course is available as a stand-alone class or as part of the core requirements in the school's firefighter recruit program. Topics addressed in this 9-credit course include trauma, anatomy and physiology, emergency care, patient assessment, emergency pediatric care and pharmacology. Students are prepared to take both state emergency medical services basic certification and national EMT-Basic certification exams.

Weber State University

Weber State University, founded in 1889, offers over 225 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs to more than 27,000 full- and part-time students annually. The school, previously known as Weber State College, began offering bachelor's degree programs in 1964 and became Weber State University in 1991.


This EMT training course combines classroom instruction with clinical and field experience. Students learn basic life support skills and how to handle emergency care for adults, infants and children. Students develop skills to assess a patient's condition and determine priority for necessary care. Field experience is gained through supervised participation in ambulance and pre-hospital shifts. This program meets certification standards set by the Utah Department of Transportation and State Department of Health.

Advanced EMT

This 4-course training program is designed for EMTs seeking advanced life support skills. The curriculum includes lecture and lab introductory courses, where students demonstrate knowledge and skills through lab assignments, practical exams, clinical settings and ambulance rides. Students also participate in real and simulated emergencies. Field experience includes riding with an advanced rescue unit.

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