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Students interested in becoming emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in New Hampshire have few schools to choose from. The state requires that training programs must be evaluated and approved by one of three New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (NHBEMS) Education Specialists at least 30 days before its proposed start. As such, additional programs may become available on an as-needed basis, though a school's permanent catalog may not reflect EMT classes as being offered.
Most EMT training programs are non-degree, though paramedic programs may result in an associate's degree. Higher levels of EMT and paramedic training require students to be previously certified in lower levels. Students may also need to be CPR certified. Students also gain practical experience through labs and clinicals.
Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, offers an EMT - Basic training course through the student-run emergency medical services (EMS) organization. The course is hosted at Dartmouth and includes didactic instruction as well as skills practice in the field. The class and book cost $1,100; this price does not reflect the cost of taking certification examinations. The class is offered on two different schedules, taught by different instructors. Following the completion of the class, students will be eligible to take the practical exam offered by the state and the written exam administered by the NREMT. Passing the NREMT test will earn a student national certification as an EMT - B and allow him to apply for a New Hampshire license to work.
Keene State College
Keene State College, based out of the city by the same name, offers to students a two-part EMT - Basic training course. The first class (PE240) includes the didactic instruction elements which train students how to evaluate patients and treat severe illness as well as trauma injuries. Students are also given time to practice skills in a lab environment. The EMT practicum class (PE242) is taken concurrently with the lecture class. Students enrolling for the classes must first be certified in CPR as a professional rescuer. Following the completion of the course, students are eligible to take the New Hampshire EMS practical exam and the NREMT written exam at the basic level.
NHTI - Concord's Community College
Formally called the New Hampshire Technical Institute, NHTI - Concord's Community College's name was changed in 2008 to more accurately reflect its role in its namesake city. The school is the only college in the state to offer a paramedic training program. The program requires the completion of 71 credit hours over two years, culminating in a Associate in Science, Paramedic Emergency Medicine. Applicants to the program must be currently certified as an EMT with NREMT or the state, as well as currently CPR certified. Other application requirements include an interview with the department admissions committee, proof of at least 100 service calls in the EMS field, and a letter of recommendation. Curriculum includes a wide range of health-related and medical industry courses, as well as clinical opportunities in the field.
Saint Anselm College
Manchester is home to Saint Anselm College, a private, Catholic school that follows the Benedictine tradition of education. An EMT - B training session is hosted by the Saint Anselm College Emergency Medical Service, a student-based group that provides emergency and medical services on campus. The class is taught once a year in the spring by a local instructor. Following the completion of the course, students are eligible to serve as part of the EMS organization the year after.
To become licensed as an EMT in the State of New Hampshire, students must complete a state-approved training course and pass examinations administered by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) and the state. EMTs in New Hampshire serve at one of three levels: Basic, Intermediate, or Paramedic.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||EMT Certificate and/or Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Dartmouth College||Private, not-for-profit, four-year, remote town||EMT - Basic course||$49,506*|
|Keene State College||Public, four-year, remote town||EMT - Basic course||$13,228 in-state; $21,408 out-of-state*|
|NHTI-Concord's Community College||Public, four-year, distant town||Associate in Science, Paramedic Emergency Medicine||$7,104 in-state; $15,264 out-of-state*|
|Saint Anselm College||Private, not-for-profit, four-year, mid-sized suburb||EMT - Basic course||$37,904*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.