Tennessee Schools Offering EMT Classes
Both aspiring and current EMTs can choose from certificate-level training programs offered at community colleges throughout Tennessee. Most of these programs can be completed in 1-3 semesters. More advanced paramedic studies require that students already hold EMT-Basic certification. Many programs combine coursework and labs with clinical experiences.
Two of the larger schools offering these programs in Tennessee are highlighted below. Find details about program length and course topics. Get facts about each school in the table in this article.
- Southwest Tennessee Community College is located in Memphis and offers a traditional, 2-semester program or a fast-track program in basic EMT training. Paramedic programs are also available for EMTs wishing to pursue more advanced training.
- EMT programs at Volunteer State Community College follow the U.S. Department of Transportation standard curriculum. The college is located in the north central part of Tennessee, in Gallatin, which is near Nashville.
Comparison of Schools
|Southwest Tennessee Community College||Volunteer State Community College|
|School Type*||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||9,099||8,838|
|Campus Setting*||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $4,155 in state,
| $4,133 in state,
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||92%||94%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100%||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2016-Fall 2017)*||54% (full-time students)||52% (full-time students)|
|Graduation Rate (2014 start date)*||10%||23%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Southwest Tennessee Community College was established in 2000 after the merging of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis. The college offers more than 100 programs of study resulting in associate degrees and certificates. Its EMT programs prepare graduates for the national registry certification examination.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Technical Certificate
Students in the certificate program are taught basic life support methods and the operation of automatic defibrillation equipment. They also study the general Tennessee emergency medical service regulations. Other topics include pre-hospital care, the treatment of medical emergencies and ambulance operations. A fast-track option is available that covers all of the topics included in the regular 2-semester EMT certificate program in a single semester. The course is recommended for students with medical backgrounds or prior college experience.
Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced Technical Certificate
Courses in this program include advanced training in trauma and medical emergencies. In addition to classroom instruction, students take part in labs, clinical experience and field internships. A fast-track option is also available for this certificate.
Paramedic Technical Certificate
Applicants to the paramedic certificate program must have a current EMT-Basic certification. They are prepared through didactic, laboratory and hands-on training to provide advanced life support and medical care according to the guidelines of the state of Tennessee. Admission to this 43-credit program is competitive, and a background check is administered. By adding general education courses, students may also roll this into an associate of applied science degree in emergency medical services - paramedic.
Volunteer State Community College
Founded in 1971, Volunteer State Community College serves more than 8,000 students. It offers more than 70 programs. Students may obtain the training necessary to become EMT-Basics or EMT-Paramedics through programs offered in the college's Allied Health Division.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate / Advanced Technical Certificate
Students are trained in the management of medical and other emergencies under the guidance of a physician. The semester for each program includes topics such as basic or advanced life support, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, ambulance operations and clinical skills. The advanced program includes skills necessary for providers such as ambulance services.
Paramedic Technical Certificate
Aspiring paramedics receive more advanced patient care training in the assessment and treatment required in emergencies; they gain extra skills in airway management, pharmacology and life support techniques. Current EMT-Basic certification is required for this 3-semester program.