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EMT Classes in Phoenix, AZ with School Information

There are at least ten schools within 30 miles of Phoenix, Arizona, that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements, and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

Phoenix, Arizona, Schools with EMT Training Programs

Students interested in training to be EMTs have at least ten schools to choose from in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. This article profiles three schools within 35 minutes of downtown Phoenix and the programs they offer. There's also a table of information about these institutions, such as enrollment and costs, that can be useful to prospective students. At the end of the article is a list of some other nearby schools that offer EMT training programs.

  • Phoenix College offers basic and intermediate EMT certificate programs as well as a certificate program in paramedicine. It also offers an associate's degree in advanced EMT (paramedic). This school is about three miles from downtown Phoenix.
  • Approximately 10 miles from downtown, Glendale Community College (GCC) offers certificate programs for EMTs and paramedics.
  • Basic EMT and paramedicine certificates are available at Mesa Community College (MCC), around 13 miles from downtown Phoenix in Mesa.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMTs need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. The following table displays pertinent information about these three institutions.

Phoenix College Glendale Community College Mesa Community College
School Type Public, 2-year Public, 2-year Public, 2-year
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,428* 19,033* 20,424*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,094 for in-state students, $7,878 for out-of-state students* $2,094 for in-state students, $7,878 for out-of-state students* $2,094 for in-state students, $7,878 for out-of-state students*
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2016-2017) 74%* 68%* 66%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions policy N/A - open admissions policy N/A - open admissions policy
Retention Rate (From Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 63% for full-time students, 42% for part-time students* 66% for full-time students, 42% for part-time students* 64% for full-time students, 42% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students beginning Fall 2014 and graduating within 150% of normal time) 18% overall, 27% transfer-out* 18% overall, 24% transfer-out* 16% overall, 26% transfer-out*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator

Phoenix College

Phoenix College offers a wide range of program choices to students desiring to enter the field of emergency medical services (EMS). Additionally, more advanced courses are also available through the department's continuing education efforts, including refresher courses. Students in all programs must pass applicable classes with a grade of 'C' or better.

Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technology

The EMT-Basic certificate program requires the completion of 9-10 credit hours through three classes. The program is open to students who are CPR certified and have passed acceptable critical reading and composition courses. Basic certification is required for all higher-level EMT training classes. Coursework includes topics such as patient evaluation, basic life support, and preparing patients to be transported.

Certificate of Completion in Paramedicine

The certificate program in paramedicine is comparable to the A.A.S. program but requires a minimum number of general education classes. Prerequisites for entrance to the program include current certification as an EMT-Basic, an oral interview with the department, and an affiliated agency referral. Students will earn 47.5 to 62.5 credit hours in a variety of classes, including an advanced emergency medical technology practicum course. Graduates will have been trained in transcutaneous pacing, oxygen administration, and central intravenous techniques, among others.

Associate in Applied Science in Advanced Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedic)

Graduates of the degree program will have earned a total of 60.5 credit hours - 38.5 credit hours are earned through core classes, and 22 hours are earned from the completion of general education courses. Students earn 7.5 credit hours from a practicum course, during which they'll gain supervised experience in the field. Applicants to the program must be currently certified as EMT-Basics, have passed an acceptable critical reading course, and pass entrance and/or placement exams to qualify for consideration. Curriculum training includes such advanced life support skills as detailed patient assessment in emergency and trauma circumstances, the administration of both oxygen and intravenous medications, and proper techniques for patient immobilization and treatment en route to a hospital setting.

Glendale Community College

Two EMT programs are offered at GCC. Both are overseen by the Public Safety Sciences Department. Students must earn a grade of 'C' in all required courses.

Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technology

The EMT certificate program requires the completion of one class by the same name, worth nine credit hours. Program prerequisites include college-level critical reading and composition classes as well as certification in CPR. This certificate is the first step for individuals pursuing career opportunities in the field and also serves as a prerequisite for the paramedic program. It prepares students for certification as EMT-Basics.

Certificate of Completion in Paramedicine

GCC also offers a paramedicine certificate program. Admission requirements to the paramedicine program include current certification as an EMT, an entrance interview, and successful completion of applicable admission exams. Each applicant must also provide a referral from an acceptable agency to the department. Students must earn at least 47.5 credit hours in courses that include pharmacology in emergencies, cardiac care, and trauma management. A practicum course, worth 7.5 credit hours, concludes the program, providing students the opportunity to train under supervision in the field.

Mesa Community College

MCC offers two programs to students interested in becoming trained as EMTs and paramedics. A minimum grade of 'C' or better must be earned by all EMT students to earn course credit. Programs have been designed to comply with national and state certification standards.

Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technology

The basic EMT program offered by the college trains students to be able to successfully become certified at the EMT-Basic level by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The program takes 16 weeks to complete one class, earning eight credit hours. A summer program is available and takes only ten weeks to complete. Students are trained to be able to provide essential medical care and safely transfer patients to appropriate medical facilities. Applicants to the program must be able to pass a drug-screening test.

Certificate of Completion in Paramedicine

MCC offers a paramedicine program. Prerequisites include current certification in CPR and as an EMT-Basic. With the completion of the program, students will have earned at least 47.5 credit hours in eight classes, including a practicum course. Coursework includes training in cardiology and the interpretation of EKGs, how to treat shock with IV (intravenous) fluid therapy, and advanced life-support skills.

Other School Options

The following schools also offer EMT training programs: Pima Medical Institute (16 miles), Paradise Valley Community College (18 miles), Estrella Mountain Community College (19 miles), and Chandler-Gilbert Community College (26 miles).


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