Washington State EMT Programs
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, all emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are required to complete formal training programs and pass exams to receive state licensure. Read about two of the largest schools in Washington offering programs. Learn about the prerequisites, levels of training, curricula and clinical experiences offered. In addition, find out more school details in the table at the conclusion of this article.
- Central Washington University is located in Ellensburg and offers an EMT basic certificate program, in addition to a bachelor's degree in paramedicine.
- Clark College, situated in Vancouver, offers a basic EMT certificate program.
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Comparison of Schools
After looking at these two schools' programs, aspiring EMTs may want to learn more school details by checking out the table below. Find out the annual tuition charges, school population numbers and graduation rates to help make this important decision.
|Central Washington University||Clark College|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||11,799*||10,911*|
|Campus Setting||Distant town||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| $8,688 (in-state)
| $3,456 (in-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||87%*||65%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||86%*||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||79%*||64%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||53%*||25%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Central Washington University
Located in Washington's Kittitas Valley, Central Washington University (CWU) offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as professional certificates. Among those programs is the Pacific Northwest's only bachelor's degree program in paramedics. Central Washington University's EMT and paramedic programs are affiliated with six hospitals and twelve EMS field agencies located throughout Washington.
Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine
This program, also offered by the Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences at CWU, prepares students to become certified as advanced life support providers. Using a mix of classroom lectures, laboratory skills, team exercises, observation and clinical experience in a hospital setting, students are prepared to work in occupations related to emergency medical services. Course topics include anatomy, pediatric and geriatric care, pharmacology and first aid.
Students also have the opportunity to join the EMT Club at CWU, which provides emergency medical services at student events. An associate's degree or two years of college experience is encouraged and the paramedic screening committee must approve all applicants. Upon graduation from this program, students are eligible to take the National Registry EMT-P examination for certification as a paramedic.
Founded in 1933, and located on 101 acres in Vancouver's Central Park, Clark College is the second largest school in the Washington's community and technical college system. Clark offers a variety of 2-year degrees, professional certificates, and training programs to approximately 11,400 students. For those interested in training for a career in the field of emergency medicine, Clark offers a certificate and a degree program.
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) Certificate
This EMT certificate program is a 1-quarter clinical program with prerequisites that must be met prior to program entry. Course topics include human biology, medical terminology and emergency CPR. A criminal background check, tuberculosis screening, and immunizations for MMR and Hepatitis B are required for admission.