There are several schools in Oregon that provide EMT (emergency medical technician) training classes through certificate and associate's degree programs. Prior education and certification could be necessary, depending on the level of the EMT program. Students must complete laboratory work and clinical rotations as well as an internship. Some schools offer dual majors and accelerated programs. The Oregon-based community colleges below feature programs of study that include:
- Emergency Medical Technology
- EMT - Basic
- EMT - Intermediate
- EMT - Paramedic
- Paramedic / Firefighter
- Emergency Management
- Paramedic Education
- EMS & Structural Fire Science
Blue Mountain Community College
Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in emergency medical services (EMS) by offering a one-year EMT certificate program. The program requires the completion of at least 59 credit hours of coursework. By program end, students will have completed the first year of curriculum towards a degree as a paramedic at another institution. The certificate program concludes with certification testing.
Central Oregon Community College
Bend-based Central Oregon Community College offers students an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine that includes certification at the EMT - Basic, EMT - Intermediate, and paramedic levels. The degree program requires that students complete 98-104 credit hours of coursework over two years. Classes to be completed in the first year of study are open to all students; only students accepted into the EMS program are permitted to take second year courses following successful certification by the National Registry as an EMT - B. A dual major option is available for students interested in earning A.A.S. degree in both EMS and Structural Fire Science (SFS).
Chemeketa Community College
Located in Salem, Chemeketa Community College offers EMT training programs at the basic, intermediate, and paramedic levels. The EMT - Basic program requires the completion of one course over two terms that meets every week for four hours of lecture and three hours of lab work. Currently certified EMTs - B may enroll in the intermediate class to elevate their levels of training and earn eligibility to take the state exam for certification as EMTs - Intermediate. The paramedic program results in an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedics and eligibility to be certified as a paramedic by the NREMT. Curriculum for the paramedic program includes general education courses as well as clinical rotations in hospitals and ambulances. Degree-seeking students also have the option of the paramedic/fire fighter dual degree program.
Clackamas Community College
Though the main campus for Clackamas Community College (CCC) is located in Oregon City, the EMT certificate program is offered at the school's Harmony campus in North Clackamas. The certificate program consists of 58 credit hours of curriculum and can be completed in one year. Students must be CPR-certified, provide immunization records, and pass a background check to be accepted into the program. The EMT certificate program finishes with the state- and NREMT-administered certification exams required for employment. CCC also offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Management for students interested in serving in the management division of emergency medical services.
Lane Community College
Lane Community College in Eugene offers three levels of EMT training, all of which lead to eligibility to take either the state-administered or the NREMT certification exam. Students interested in becoming certified as an EMT - Basic may choose to take the one semester course by the same name, or complete a one-year certificate program. The certificate program is constituted by 50 credit hours of curriculum. An advanced EMT (AEMT) course is offered by the college on a non-credit basis. Students must be EMT - B certified to take both the AEMT class or apply to the paramedic program. In order to earn an Associate of Applied Science, EMT - Paramedic, students must complete 103 credit hours of coursework over two years.
Mt Hood Community College
Based out of Gresham, the Mt. Hood Community College's Community Skills Center offers an EMT - Basic training course. The program takes six months to complete and is offered twice a year. The EMT training course is open to students who have a high school diploma or GED, meet minimum college placement test scores, and are able to lift at least 100 lbs. During the 2013 program, classes will be held twice a week, for three and a half hours each session. The program costs about $1,545 and concludes with a state certification exam.
Oregon Institute of Technology
Although its primary campus is located in Klamath, the Oregon Institute of Technology has partnered with the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) to offer an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedic Education degree program to its students at its Wilsonville campus. The program can be completed in as little as 12 months for students attending school on a full-time basis. Applicants to the program must hold a high school diploma or GED, current certification as an EMT - B, and have experience in the EMS field. The program begins in September of each year and class size is limited to 24-32 students. The program is divided into three sections: lecture-based instruction and skills labs, clinical rotation experiences at OHSU and other hospital settings, and a mandatory internship in the field. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NREMT certification exam at the paramedic level.
Portland Community College
Located in its namesake city, Portland Community College offers students an EMT - Basic certificate, a two-year EMS career pathway certificate program, an EMT - Advanced course, and an Associate of Applied Science degree as an EMT - Paramedic. The EMT - Basic course is completed over a six month period (two terms) and prepares students for the state-administered certification exam at the basic level. Students interested in the two-year EMS certificate will need to complete 61 credit hours of curriculum; all courses in the certificate program are also included in the paramedic degree program. The school also provides an EMT - Intermediate course; successful completion of the class earns a student eligibility to test at the intermediate level. The A.A.S. program encompasses 107 credit hours of coursework, including a minimum of 16 credit hours of general education classes. Prerequisites for all programs include a minimum age of 18 years, a high school diploma or GED, and immunization records; students applying to the intermediate and paramedic programs must hold current certification as EMTs - B.
Rogue Community College
Based out of Grants Pass, Rogue Community College offers a one-year EMT certificate program and a two-year Associate of Applied Science EMT - Paramedic degree program. The EMT certificate program requires the completion of 46-50 credit hours of classes over three terms. Applicants to the program must be at least 17 years old, hold a GED or high school diploma, and provide proof of required immunizations. Completion of the program earns a student eligibility to sit for the state or NREMT certification exam at the basic level as well as entry eligibility to the A.A.S. program. Students interested in the 102-credit hour degree program must have completed at least 52 credit hours of coursework before they can enroll in paramedic classes. Applicants to the program will be chosen based on GPA, experience in the EMS field, and the number of classes required to complete their degrees.
Umpqua Community College
Umpqua Community College in Roseburg offers an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedicine degree program to its students. The 99 credit hours of coursework required are broken down into three levels of training. The EMT - Basic training is completed in a two-term format and earns a student eligibility to test for certification at the basic level. A two-term intermediate program is available on a non-credit earning basis. Both the basic and the intermediate EMT classes are available in an accelerated format, as well. The paramedic training part of the A.A.S. program requires admission by the EMS department; considerations for admission include an oral interview, prerequisite EMS courses (including EMT certification classes), and cumulative GPA.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||EMT Certificate and/or Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Blue Mountain Community College||Public, two-year, remote town||EMT - Basic certificate|| $5,810 in-state
|Central Oregon Community College||Public, two-year, small city|| A.A.S., Paramedicine,
dual A.A.S. degree in EMS & Structural Fire Science,
EMT - Basic and EMT - Intermediate courses available
| $3,951 in-district
|Chemeketa Community College||Public, two-year, mid-sized suburb|| EMT - Basic course,
EMT - Intermediate course,
dual A.A.S. degree as a paramedic/firefighter
| $4,725 in-state
|Clackamas Community College||Public, two-year, rural|| EMT certificate,
A.A.S., Emergency Management
| $4,944 in-state
|Lane Community College||Public, two-year, fringe town|| EMT - Basic course,
EMT - Basic certificate,
Advanced EMT course (non-credit),
A.A.S., EMT - Paramedic
| $4,812 in-state
|Mt Hood Community College||Public, two-year, large suburb||EMT - Basic course|| $5,441 in-state
|Oregon Institute of Technology||Public, four-year, remote town||A.A.S., Paramedic Education|| $10,118 in-state
|Portland Community College||Public, two-year, large city|| EMS- Basic certificate,
EMS career pathway certificate,
EMT - Advanced A.A.S., EMT - Paramedic
| $4,340 in-state
|Rogue Community College||Public, two-year, rural|| EMT certificate,
A.A.S., EMT - Paramedic
| $4,524 in-state
|Umpqua Community College||Public, two-year, rural|| EMT - Basic course,
EMT - Intermediate course (non-credit),
| $5,001 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator