EMT Programs in Washington State with Class Descriptions

Jan 02, 2019

Washington State has 15 schools that offer EMT programs. Get some information about the programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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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.

Comparison of Schools

In addition to looking at these 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 4-year, primarily associate's, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 12,901* 10,000*
Campus Setting Distant town Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,903 (in-state)
$22,010 (out-of-state)*
$3,613 (in-state)
$8,966 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 88%* 54%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 86%* 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2017) 73%* N/A*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began studies Fall 2011) 52%* 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 one of the country's oldest paramedic programs.

Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine

This program, offered by the Department of 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.

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.

Clark College

Founded in 1933, and located on 101 acres in Vancouver's Central Park, Clark College is the oldest postsecondary education institution in Southwest Washington. Clark offers a variety of 2-year degrees, professional certificates, and training programs to 10,000 undergraduate students. For those interested in training for a career in the field of emergency medicine, Clark offers a certificate program.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 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.

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