Brooklyn-Area Schools Offering EMT Courses
Students living in Brooklyn can select from a few schools in the greater New York City area. This article looks at three schools and the programs they offer. All are less than a half-hour from the heart of Brooklyn. There is also a table of information that could be useful to someone looking for a training program. This table contains data about each school, including enrollment, tuition and the percentage of students who graduate on time.
- Part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College offers an associate's degree in paramedic. It is about six miles from downtown Brooklyn.
- At CUNY La Guardia Community College, students can select from an EMT-Basic course, an EMT-Paramedic certificate or an associate's degree program in EMT-Paramedics. This school is almost nine miles from Brooklyn's center.
- New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education, the only option located in Brooklyn, is about four miles from the downtown area. It has a paramedic program and a paramedic refresher program.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table offers a way for individuals to compare these schools in vital areas.
|CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College||CUNY La Guardia Community College||New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||26,606*||20,231*||227*|
|Campus Setting||Large City||Large City||Large City|
|Tuition and Fees (2015-16)||$5,170 in-state, $8,050 out-of-state*||$5,218 in-state, $8,098 out-of-state*||$28,825*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-14)||86%*||79%*||70%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - Open Admissions*||N/A - Open Admissions*||N/A - Open Admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||65%*||66%*||88%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||16% (18% transfer-out rate)*||16% (12% transfer-out-rate)*||75%*|
Sources: NCES College Navigator.
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College is committed to providing relevant and affordable education to the city's diverse population. Students have ample opportunity to become involved in on-campus activities through experiences like student government and the Health and Wellness Club. The Allied Health Sciences Department has a paramedic training program that meets the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs, the New York State Department of Health and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic
This degree program takes roughly two years to complete and includes courses in emergency medical care and paramedics. It trains students how to respond in emergency situations. Learners also complete a clinical and two internships. Upon completion of the program, they're eligible to earn the Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications, take the emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic certification exam and take the New York City Medical Advisory Certification Exam.
CUNY La Guardia Community College
La Guardia Community College is also part of the CUNY system. EMT and paramedic programs are available through the college's Health Science Department.
EMT Basic Course
Through this course, students learn to provide patients with emergency care before they reach the hospital. They take courses in human anatomy, medical terminology and defibrillation. They also take CPR courses and receive their CPR card. The program takes about four months to complete, and credits can be transferred to the EMT-Paramedic certificate or associate's degree program. Graduates can take the New York State Department of Health Certification Exam for EMT-Basic.
Individuals who want to become an EMT-Paramedic can complete this certificate program in just one year. The program doesn't include general education courses, and students are not eligible for financial aid. It requires 36 course units to complete but is a non-credit program so can't be used toward a degree. Students train to provide pre-hospital care in emergency situations.
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
The EMT-Paramedic associate's degree program takes about two years to complete and includes general education courses. Individuals who have previously completed an EMT-Basic certificate or an EMT-Paramedic certificate can transfer the credits into this degree program. Courses address the basic responsibilities of emergency medical technicians and methods for providing care on the way to the hospital and upon arriving at the scene of an emergency.
New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education
The school is committed to helping students acquire both the theory and hands-on training in providing pre-hospital emergency care. Students acquire the skills necessary to assess a patient's status when they arrive on the scene and get victims to the hospital while providing care.
Students completing this program learn to solve problems and apply practical critical thinking procedures to provide patients with the care they need. They take courses in emergency medical services, trauma, patient assessment, pharmacology and medical emergencies. They also gain clinical practice providing pre-hospital and emergency care.
Paramedic Refresher Program
The paramedic refresher program consists of a single course that is designed for individuals who are already paramedics. It challenges them to maintain their skills and acquire new skills.