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 Medical College at 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 certifiction course at Villanova University, about 13 miles from downtown.
- At Delaware County Community College (DCCC), 26 miles from downtown Philly, an EMT certificate of competency is available, along with an associate's degree in paramedic-advanced life support.
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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 (Fall 2014)*||3,606||10,735||12,459|
|Campus Setting*||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*||$36,114||$47,616|| $4,760 in-district,
|% of Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2013-2014)*||48%||55%||63%|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)*||N/A||49%||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)*||N/A|| 94% for full-time students,
100% for part-time students
| 61% for full-time students,
40% for part-time students
|Graduation Rate*||N/A|| 89%
(2008 start date)
25% 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 (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.
The EMT Certification requires the completion of more than 250 hours of curriculum and includes 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 EMTs 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. Course costs are estimated to be about $2,000 for in-state students. The EMT class is available in three formats: day, evening, and hybrid. Students enrolling in the hybrid class must be at least 21 years old and have access to the internet via a home computer.
The paramedic program takes nearly a year to complete for students attending full-time. A part-time program is also available, requiring approximately 18 months to complete. 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 a 240- to 400-hour field internship with Philadelphia Fire Rescue and surrounding providers. The paramedic program costs about $11,550 for in-state students.
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 Montgomery County Department of Emergency Services, which co-sponsors the course and provides licensed instructors to teach the classes on campus at Villanova University.
EMT Certification Course
The price of the EMT certification class offered by Villanova University's EMS is approximately $350 and includes costs associated with learning materials and the insurance coverage required for field training. An additional $10 fee will be collected the first night of class for a background check. 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 certificate program 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.
Associate in Applied Science, Paramedic - Advanced Life Support
The paramedic degree program offered by DCCC takes about three years to complete. The A.A.S. program requires the completion of a total of 67-70 credit hours, 40 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.