EMT Schools in the Memphis Area
There is only one in-state school in the Memphis, Tennessee, area that offers training programs related to emergency medical services (EMS), but there are multiple education options available to those willing to travel across state lines. This article highlights the emergency medical technician (EMT) programs at three institutions and provides an overview of what to expect from training in this field. A table of facts and figures on the profiled schools is included, as are details on other education options relatively near Memphis.
- Southwest Tennessee Community College (STCC) is the largest two-year college in the state, serving around 13,000 students every year. The school, located only about a mile from downtown Memphis, offers an EMT - Basic certificate program as well as paramedic certificate and associate's degree programs.
- Located in Arkansas about seven miles from central Memphis, Arkansas State University Mid-South (ASUMS) is the largest two-year school serving the Arkansas Delta area and it offers aspiring EMTs the opportunity to earn a certificate in the field.
- Northwest Mississippi Community College (NMCC) offers a range of workforce development and continuing education resources to its students. NMCC students can complete an EMT - Basic training program and a paramedic associate's degree program at the school, which is situated roughly 40 miles from downtown Memphis.
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Comparison of Schools
Get a side-by-side comparison of the costs, enrollment figures, graduation rates and more for the three featured colleges below. The statistics and facts included in the table could help you narrow down your options for EMT training.
|Southwest Tennessee Community College||Arkansas State University Mid-South||Northwest Mississippi Community College|
|School Type||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2014)||10,227*||1,895*||7,559*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Distant town|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$3,963 in-state, $15,363 out-of-state*||$2,554 in-district, $3,034 in-state, $4,388 out-of-state*||$2,550 in-state, $4,950 out-of-state*|
|% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||89%*||97%*||92%*|
|Acceptance Rate||100%*||N/A - open admissions policy||N/A - open admissions policy|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2014)||54% for full-time students*||49% for full-time students*||59% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began Fall 2011)||5% overall*||11% overall*||19% overall*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator.
Southwest Tennessee Community College
There are three programs of study to choose from at STCC related to the EMS field. Southwest Tennessee Community College offers two certificate programs and one Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program. The EMT certificate programs are offered by the school's division of career studies and are categorized as allied health science programs. EMT students are required to hold active malpractice insurance prior to acceptance into their program of choice.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Technical Certificate
The EMT - Basic certificate program offered by STCC provides the coursework and practical experience necessary to prepare students for the examinations required for EMT licensing in Tennessee. Following completion of the program, certificate holders are eligible to take the National Registry Exam for EMTs and apply for Tennessee Licensure as a Basic Emergency Medical Technician. EMT - Basic licensing is a prerequisite for students entering either of the other programs offered by STCC. There are two tracks for the EMT - Basic program, both requiring the completion of 17 credit hours. The standard track takes two semesters to complete; the fast track takes one semester to complete.
Paramedic Technical Certificate
The technical certificate offered by STCC requires one year to complete 40 credit hours of coursework, including clinical experience and an ambulance experience practicum. Applicants to the paramedic program must be current holders of EMT - Basic licensing with the State of Tennessee. Total cost for the program is estimated to range between $5,000 and $6,000.
A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
Individuals who are currently licensed as EMT - Paramedics and are eager to earn a degree in their field will be most interested in the Associate of Applied Science program offered by STCC. The program includes the completion of 60 credit hours over five semesters, the last of which must be a summer semester. Program curriculum includes general education classes, paramedic coursework, and clinical as well as ambulance experience hours earned in the final semester. The A.A.S. degree program is designed to help students improve the quality of their care in the field, further develop their psychological assessment skills, and increase overall knowledge of health science.
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Arkansas State University Mid-South is located in the nearby city of West Memphis, Arkansas. The EMT training program at MSCC is provided by the department of Allied Health Sciences.
EMT Certificate of Proficiency
Students interested in earning a certificate of proficiency as an EMT must hold a high school diploma or equivalent and be over the age of 18. Applicants to the program must also pass a background check and drug screening during the first week of class. The program is designed to comply with the 1994 Emergency Medical Technician National Standard Curriculum. The program consists of one class, worth seven credit hours. Training is focused on basic life-support skills in a pre-hospital environment.
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College is located in Senatobia, Mississippi. NMCC offers two levels of training for students interested in pursuing a career in emergency medical services.
EMT - Basic Instructional Program
The EMT - Basic program requires one semester to complete, and class is usually held two nights a week. Applicants to the program must be 18 years old or older, hold a high school diploma or GED, and have earned a minimum score of 18 on the ACT exam or 12 on the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) exam. The curriculum covers how to care for injured and sick individuals in an out-of-hospital setting. Skills include hemorrhage control, ambulance operations, and airway assessment.
EMT - Paramedic
The paramedic program prepares students to become certified as EMT - Paramedics by the National Registry of EMTs. Applicants to the program must currently hold EMT - Basic certification and have earned a grade 'C' or better in anatomy and physiology courses. Students will gain knowledge related to the assessment of patients, advanced life-saving skills, and treatment options for a wide range of trauma-related injuries as well as illnesses. The program takes four semesters to complete and encompasses at least 1,500 hours of training, including classroom-based instruction, clinical hours, and a field internship.
Additional schools that offer EMT training programs outside Tennessee state lines, but within a 50 mile radius of downtown Memphis, include Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute, located in Forrest City, Arkansas, and East Arkansas Community College, also in Forrest City, Arkansas. The schools are both located about 43 miles from Memphis, Tennessee.