School Options in Pittsburgh for EMT Training
Students seeking EMT classes in Pittsburgh will find them in only one school. The Community College of Allegheny County, about seven minutes from downtown, has an emergency medical services (EMS) area of academics that offers a course for aspiring EMTs. This article also includes a table that showcases important information about this school, such as enrollment and the campus setting. At the end of the article is a little information about another area school with a relevant program.
The following table showcases some facts about this school that a potential student should know.
|Community College of Allegheny County|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||16,147*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$4,198 in-district, $7,653 in-state, $10,953 out-of-state*|
|Percent of Full-Time, Beginning Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||64%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open enrollment|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||59% full-time, 42% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Beginning Studies in Fall 2014||14%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.
Community College of Allegheny County
To participate in the program, students must submit the results of a physical and blood screenings, criminal background check, a child abuse history clearance and immunization records. Students must also be 16 years old at the beginning of the program and meet academic and physical fitness standards.
This community college offers emergency medical services programs through the Public Safety Institute department of its Center for Professional Development. The program includes one course that's taught through class work, lab practice and clinical rotations in hospitals or other approved facilities. Students learn patient assessment skills, emergency pharmacology, and how to care for pre-hospital patients in cases of airway distress, cardiac arrest and trauma. During the program, students will also complete a FEMA class online. Successful completion of this program will qualify students to take the Pennsylvania Department of Health EMT exam.
Other School Options
For students who are already EMS professionals, there's another option only one mile from downtown Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center provides continuing education classes that can help EMS personnel maintain their certification or learn more about the field for professional advancement purposes.