Schools in Miami, Florida, with EMT Courses
Several schools in the Miami area offer EMT training programs that meet state and national certification standards. This article looks at three of those schools and the EMT, paramedic and emergency medical services (EMS) programs they offer. A table of important information about each school, including enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate, is included here as well. It is formatted in a way that makes it easy for prospective students to compare the schools. At the end of the article is the name of one more Miami-area school that offers EMT training.
- Miami Dade College is just three miles from the city center. Students there can earn EMT and paramedic certificates as well as an associate's degree in EMS.
- City College - Miami is only 14 miles from Miami's downtown area. It offers an EMS training program.
- An EMT diploma, a paramedic certificate and an EMS associate's degree are available roughly 28 miles from downtown Miami at Broward College.
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Comparison of Schools
This table displays facts about these three schools that prospective students should know. They can use this knowledge to help them choose the right school for their training.
|Miami Dade College||City College - Miami||Broward College|
|School Type||College; public||College; public||College; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||66,046*||263*||44,119*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$2,834 for in-state; $9,661 for out-of-state*||$13,068*||$2,753 for in-state; $8,875 for out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||81%*||95%*||86%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (students who began in 2013 and returned in 2014)||N/A*||N/A*||N/A*|
|Graduation Rate (students who began in 2008)||33%*||46%*||34%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Miami Dade College
Prior to entering into one of the programs below, students generally have to complete the program that came before it. Students entering into the EMT certificate program have to have training as a first responder.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
In only one semester, students can complete the 11 credits of the emergency medical technician certificate program. In addition to learning how to assess patients and providing care prior to hospital arrival, students are educated on how to perform patient care in clinics and emergency rooms. The program has evening hours available on Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Wednesday.
A nearby clinical facility is available to students for the clinical portion of this paramedic certificate program. By the end of the program, students are expected to have completed 42 college credits. As part of the studies in this program, students are educated on lifesaving and emergency treatments as well as the transportation of injured and ill patients.
Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services
The associate's degree program in emergency medical services requires students to take 73 credits. Before entering into the program, it is recommended that students meet with someone from the Department of Emergency Medical Services at this school. Professional training and operations in emergency medical services are covered in this program's curriculum under the supervision of trained faculty members.
City College - Miami
City College has additional campuses located in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Gainesville and Altamonte Springs.
Emergency Medical Services Program
First responder, paramedic, laboratory and emergency medical technician training, as well as a paramedic-level externship, make up the core of this program. Specialized courses cover physiology and anatomy, patient assessment, bleeding control, IV administration and injury treatment. It takes roughly 24 months to complete the program.
All of the EMT programs at Broward College require students to have a GED or a high school diploma.
Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma
In only 11 semester hours, students can earn this diploma in emergency medical technician. The first class is a basic emergency medical technician course with a skills laboratory. There are also hospital and field clinical portions to this program's coursework.
Paramedic Technical Certificate
All in all, the program requires students to take 42 semester hours' worth of courses. There are four levels of paramedic lectures and skill labs. The curriculum also requires students to take classes on cardiology and trauma. Internships, field clinical and hospital clinical sessions are necessary requirements in this program as well.
Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services
The previous two programs are included in this associate's degree program. All in all, it takes two years to earn this associate's degree in emergency medical services. In addition to the coursework covered in the diploma and certificate program, students also take a leadership practicum and general education courses in humanities, composition, psychology, public speaking, science and mathematics.
Other School Options
Fire science and EMT programs are available at the William T. McFatter Technical Center, which is located 24.6 miles away from downtown Miami.