Charlotte EMT Schools
Students interested in EMT training near Charlotte, North Carolina, can find programs within an hour's drive of the city's center. Get information on the training requirements for three colleges, explore the table of school stats and read details on additional institutions offering relevant programs -- all within this article.
- Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is the largest community college in the state and it offers basic and paramedic EMT training programs about a mile from downtown Charlotte.
- Situated about 25 miles from central Charlotte, Gaston College offers an associate's degree related to the field of emergency medical services (EMS), through the largest division of the school, the Economic and Workforce Development Division.
- Students may prefer the EMT (basic and paramedic) programs offered by South Piedmont Community College (SPCC), the newest of the 58 schools in the North Carolina System, established in 1999. The campus is roughly 44 miles from Charlotte's downtown area.
Comparison of Schools
The costs of attending the three schools are similar, but there are other differences that could affect your choice as to where to complete EMT training. This table offers details on campus settings, enrollment numbers, graduation rates and more.
|Central Piedmont Community College||Gaston College||South Piedmont Community College|
|School Type||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||19,100||5,172||2,980|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize suburb||Distant rural|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$2,792 for in-state students, $8,936 for out-of-state students||$2,704 for in-state students, $8,848 for out-of-state students||$1,995 for in-state students, $6,603 for out-of-state students|
|% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants and/or Scholarships (2016-2017)*||60%||67%||69%|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - open admissions policy||N/A - open admissions policy||N/A - open admissions policy|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||55% for full-time students||69% for full-time students||68% for full-time students|
|Graduation Rate (Students began Fall 2014)*||17% overall||30% overall||20% overall|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Central Piedmont Community College
CPCC was named the Community College of the Year by the National Alliance of Business in 2002 for the school's training and educational strategies in relation to the region's workforce and employment needs.
There are two options available to CPCC students who wish to be certified as an emergency medical technician: an EMT - Basic course and a Paramedic degree. Other programs offered by the school's EMS education department include classes in cooperation with the American Heart Association (PALS, CPR, ACLS) and continuing education classes for EMTs needing re-certification.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course
The EMT - Basic course at CPCC takes only one semester to complete. The program has been designed to prepare students for certifying exams and ready them for immediate employment. Registration for the course must be approved by the EMS Education Department. Total cost for the EMT - Basic program is estimated to be around $476 for in-state students. Curriculum includes a clinical rotation at Carolina's Medical Center as well as the completion of a ride-along with the Mecklenburg EMS Agency.
Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) - EMS
The AAS - EMS program at Central Piedmont Community College is a 74-credit program that includes general education requirements and EMS-specific courses. Prerequisites for enrollment in the program include the completion of a basic anatomy and physiology class and EMT experience courses and passing a PHISDAP test. The 2-year paramedic program costs about $7,000 for in-state students for tuition, books, supplies, and testing fees.
The Economic and Workforce Development Division at Gaston College oversees the paramedic program offered by the college. The same division also offers a bridge program for currently certified EMTs to earn an AAS as well as a degree in emergency preparedness technology.
Emergency Medical Sciences Certificate
This certificate program is made up of four courses to prepare students to work as basic EMTs. The program is an 18-credit path that includes medical terminology, EMT basics, anatomy and physiology.
Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic
Graduates of the AAS, EMS - Paramedic program will have completed 67 credit hours in two years. The curriculum includes basic and advanced life-saving skills, preparing students to be able to enter the emergency medical services field immediately upon graduation. Coursework is scheduled over five semesters; classes must be taken in order. Program practicum includes clinical experiences in a hospital setting, skills practice in laboratory sessions, and a field internship.
South Piedmont Community College
The programs offered by SPCC include the training necessary to prepare students for certification exams at the basic and paramedic levels. Continuing education opportunities are also provided to current EMTs; some classes may be completed almost entirely online.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course
EMT - Basic training at SPCC provides students with the skills and information necessary to pass required certification exams. Students will learn to provide basic life support in pre-hospital settings, especially ambulances. The curriculum includes clinical experiences through cooperative agreements with ambulance services. The program may be completed in less than five months.
EMT - Paramedic Course
The paramedic program takes 12 months to complete and follows the foundation of learning established by the EMT - Basic course. Curriculum covers more advanced medical skills such as advanced intubation techniques, electrocardiograms (EKGs), and accurate administration of medication to patients. A class in anatomy and physiology is also required of all paramedic students. The program encompasses 1,096 hours of training, including clinical skills practice and ride-along experiences.
Another school in the area to offer EMT training classes is Catawba Valley Community College, located about 44 miles from downtown Charlotte. Stanly Community College, located in Albermarle, about 37 miles away, also has EMT training.