EMT Schools in Philadelphia with Program Overviews

Jan 02, 2019

Philadelphia, PA, Schools with EMT Programs

Students who want to study to become EMTs near Philadelphia have a number of schools from which to choose. This article profiles three that are within 35 minutes of the city center and the courses, certificates and associate degree programs they offer. There is a table of data about each school, such as enrollment, tuition and campus setting, arranged in a format that makes it simple for individuals to compare these institutions.

  • Jefferson Health, which is part of Thomas Jefferson University, offers an EMT certification course as well as a paramedic training program. This school is in the heart of downtown Philly.
  • Students can take an EMT certification course at Villanova University, about 13 miles from downtown.
  • At Delaware County Community College (DCCC), 26 miles from downtown Philly in Media, PA, an EMT certificate of competency is available, along with an associate's degree in paramedic - advanced life support.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMTs need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. This table contains important information about these three institutions.

Thomas Jefferson University Villanova University Delaware County Community College
School Type* 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year, private, not-for-profit 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 4,028 10,967 11,030
Campus Setting* Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $1,850 (cost for EMT program); $13,800 (cost for paramedic program) $51,284 $5,291 in-district,
$9,075 in-state,
$12,830 out-of-state
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2016-2017)* 51% 54% 49%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A 36% N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* N/A 95% 58% for full-time students,
39% for part-time students
Graduation Rate* N/A 90%
(2011 start date)
27% transfer-out rate
(2011 start date)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Thomas Jefferson University

EMT training classes affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals are provided by JeffSTAT Education Center (an organization that serves the Philadelphia area in medical transportation), AHA (American Heart Association) education services, and emergency medical services (EMS) training. Accreditation for the JeffSTAT Education Center is provided by both the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the American Heart Association. In addition to the two programs described below, a critical care paramedic program is available from JeffSTAT for current paramedics who want to advance their skills.

EMT Certification Program

The EMT Certification program requires the completion of lectures, skills practice, and clinical hours completed in the field. Students learn life-saving skills such as the administration of oxygen to patients, splinting and bandaging, and patient assessment. Prerequisites for students include a minimum age of 18 years, a background check, and the completion of a timed reading comprehension exam. Following the completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT's psychomotor skills practical exam and the state-issued written exam. Once a student passes both tests, certification as an EMT will be issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The EMT class is available in three formats: day, evening, and hybrid.

Paramedic Program

The paramedic program is offered in a full-time format. Coursework expands upon the basic skills learned as an EMT and includes the administration of intravenous fluids and medications, cardiology, and medical emergency and trauma management. Students applying to the program must be currently certified as an EMT - Basic in Pennsylvania, have completed certain academic requirements (college level English, math, two levels of anatomy and physiology classes), and have current health insurance. The program includes about 526 hours of didactic instruction, 400 hours of clinical experience at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Level 1 Trauma Center, and 400 hours of a field internship with Philadelphia Fire Rescue.

Villanova University

The EMT training course available at Villanova University is provided by the school's emergency medical services group. The EMS organization is student-run and volunteer-based. The class is periodically offered in cooperation with the Twin Valley Training EMT Center, and it's presented in a hybrid online and on-campus format.

EMT Certification Course

The EMT certification class sponsored by Villanova University EMS is offered twice a year. This program is roughly 200 hours long. Following the completion of the class, students are eligible to take the certification exams required by the State of Pennsylvania to become licensed EMTs. There are no prerequisites for the class; it is open to all applicants, though availability may vary, and preference is given to volunteers awaiting certification.

Delaware County Community College

DCCC offers two programs related to the field of EMS: an EMT certification course and an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedic - Advanced Life Support program. Both are provided by the Division of Allied Health, Emergency Services, and Nursing. DCCC has been accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS as an EMS Training Institute.

EMT - Basic Course

The basic course for EMTs requires the completion of two classes, earning a total of 9 credit hours. Skills acquired through the program include patient assessment, transportation, and medical treatment en route to a hospital or medical center. Students taking the course will spend 177 hours in class and in the field. Credits can be transferred on to the AAS program and are eligible for financial aid. This course is offered in the afternoon and the evening.

Associate in Applied Science, Paramedic - Advanced Life Support

The paramedic degree program offered by DCCC takes about six semesters to complete. The AAS program requires the completion of a total of 70-71 credit hours, 44 of which apply to EMS core classes. Students must earn a grade 'C' or better in all core classes. Prerequisites for the program must be met by the end of the second (fall) semester and include a minimum age requirement of 18 years, current certification as an EMT - Basic in Pennsylvania, and the submission of cleared background and child abuse background checks. Students are eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMTs paramedic certification exam following the completion of all EMS core classes and eight credit hours in physiology and anatomy.

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