York EMT Schools
Those interested in emergency medicine can get the necessary training at two colleges within roughly an hour of downtown York, PA. This article explores the EMT training and coursework available at the institutions; it also provides a table of school facts and figures on subjects ranging from tuition to student retention.
- Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg is 20.5 miles outside of downtown York, but it is one of the nearest schools with EMT classes. Students can pursue training programs that prepare them to work as emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians or critical care emergency medical transport paramedics.
- Located around 33 miles from central York, Carroll Community College offers EMT and paramedic programs at the associate's degree and certificate levels.
Comparison of Schools
Both profiled schools are public community colleges, but they differ in a number of areas including costs, student enrollment numbers, graduation rates and more. Check out this table to get the specific stats on these factors that may influence your education decision.
|Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg||Carroll Community College|
|School Type||Public; community college||Public; community college|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||18,681*||3,009*|
|Campus Setting||Small city||Rural fringe|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$6,473 for in-district; $7,725 for in-state; $9,225 for out-of-state*||$3,907 for in-district; $5,664 for in-state; $7,910 for out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||78%*||42%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||56% for full-time*||70% for full-time*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began Fall 2014)||11%*||34%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg
In addition to the programs presented below, there are continuing education courses for EMTs and adult basic education programs.
Emergency Medical Responder Program
This program focuses on teaching students how to provide immediate care for life threatening illnesses and injuries. The course covers patient assessment, trauma, special patient populations, airway management and EMS operations. Students learn how to control the scene of an injury and prepare the area for arriving ambulances. This program began using a blended/online format in 2018; this allows students to use self-paced online modules and attend classroom lab sessions.
Emergency Medical Technician Program
The overall responsibilities and roles of an emergency medical technician are discussed in this program. Students can expect to take coursework on physiology, injury and illness assessment and anatomy. Additionally, students learn about automated external defibrillation and patient assistance as well as pediatric, geriatric and environmental emergencies. When enrolling in this program, students can choose to take courses at several different locations.
Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Paramedic Program
To enter into this program, students must have spent at least two years working as a registered nurse (RN) or EMT-Paramedic (EMT-P) and possess a variety of certifications, including CPR. There are five portions to this program: airway management, medical treatment, special considerations, trauma and preparatory-critical care environment. At the end of the program, students will take a comprehensive written examination. Lastly, the certificate awarded upon completing this program can be renewed every three years.
Carroll Community College
The EMT programs at Carroll Community College all require the same prerequisite classes. These courses cover biology fundamentals, reading in the content areas, intermediate algebra and writing effective essays and paragraphs.
In this 2-course, 135-hour program, students will learn how to care for various injuries and illnesses. Graduates are eligible to take the national registration exam for EMTs.
This program combines classroom studies with simulation labs and a two-part clinical experience. Students take courses in pharmacology, patient assessment, EMS management and human biology. A capstone clinical experience allows participants to treat patients in various settings and students will have the opportunity to treat adult and pediatric patients as well as a shock/trauma victim.
EMT Paramedic Associate of Applied Science
The major coursework for this program is identical to that of the certificate program. This includes taking classes on social and behavioral sciences, speech communication, mathematics and English composition.