EMT Training in Cincinnati, OH with Program Overviews

There are five schools in the Cincinnati area that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. None are more than 50 miles from the city. Read an overview of three of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which is the right one for you.

Cincinnati Schools Offering EMT Training Programs

Students seeking EMT training in Cincinnati will find five schools within an hour's drive. This article looks at three of these schools and the certificate and degree programs they offer, which combine classroom work with hands-on training. The article also includes a table of information about each school that prospective students can use. It provides data on enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and the campus setting.

  • Almost five miles from the city center, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (CST), students can earn EMT Basic and EMT Paramedic certificates and EMT Paramedic associate's degrees in management or in science.
  • Butler Tech offers EMT and paramedic certificate programs. Butler Tech is almost 21 miles from downtown.
  • Sinclair Community College, which is 48 miles from downtown Cincinnati, offers EMT and paramedic certificate programs and an associate's degree in emergency medical services (EMS).

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMTs should consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. This table presents important data about each school that they can use to help in the decision-making process.

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Butler Tech Sinclair Community College
School Type 2-year, public <2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 8,807* 211* 18,448*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Midsize city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $3,825 in-state,
$7,393 out-of-state*
$1,522 for EMT course
$9,051 for paramedic training**
$2,546 in-district,
$3,674 in-state,
$6,938 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 71%* 75%* 82%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open enrollment N/A - open enrollment N/A - open enrollment
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 47% full-time,
42% part-time*
86% full-time* 53% full-time,
41% part-time*
Graduation Rate (Within 150% of Normal Completion Time, Students Who Started in Fall 2014) 15% (22% transfer-out rate)* 83%* 26% (18% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, **Butler Tech

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

CST provides training for both basic EMTs and paramedics, as well as associate's degree programs for those who want to include liberal arts studies in their education. EMT training is approved by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services. Graduates will be prepared for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam at their level.

EMT Basic Certificate

This program is delivered in a single, 7-credit-hour course that can be completed in 1 semester. Training is a combination of lecture and lab work that covers assessment, treatment and transportation of pre-hospital patients.

EMT Paramedic Certificate

Students must be certified as an EMT-Basic to enter the paramedic program. Participants earn 40 credits while learning advanced emergency care theory and practices.

Associate of Applied Science in EMT Paramedic, Management

This program is for those interested in administrative or leadership roles in the EMS profession. Training includes the entire paramedic certificate curriculum, as well as studies in management theory, human resources, ethics, labor and employee relations and public speaking.

Associate of Applied Science in EMT Paramedic, Science

This program also includes the paramedic certificate curriculum, but is designed for students interested in other allied health professions as well as EMS. It emphasizes the sciences in its additional coursework, including topics like anatomy and physiology, microbiology and pathophysiology.

Butler Tech

As the largest technical-career school in Ohio, Butler Tech is host to the Paramedic Academy and EMT training through its Regional Public Safety Education Complex. Prospective students must have a high school diploma or GED and current vaccinations and pass a background check; depending on the program, there may be other prerequisites.

EMT Certificate

The certificate program is presented through a single course that offers day and evening schedules. In both formats, students learn pre-hospital patient care through classroom and clinical formats.

Paramedic Certificate

Designed for Ohio-certified EMTs, this advanced training program in emergency life support is presented through classes, labs and clinical experience in local medical facilities and ambulances. Topics include medical terminology, patient assessment, anatomy and physiology, advanced care and pathophysiology. Graduates are eligible for NREMT exams and certification in Ohio.

Sinclair Community College

Requirements for applying to Sinclair's EMT programs include a criminal background check, college placement test results, an NREMT felony statement, health status record and current immunizations.

EMT Basic Certificate

To earn this certificate, students complete 2 courses offered via day or evening schedules. The program is presented through lectures, lab work and real-life experiences and covers topics like airway management, trauma and medical care, patient assessment and the use of emergency equipment.

Paramedic Certificate

Students must first complete the EMT Basic program and become certified before entering this 1-year program. Participants study human biology, physiology, anatomy and pathophysiology in the context of emergency medical care. They train for advanced management of pediatric, respiratory and cardiac issues, as well as for various types of emergency incidents and events. Students learn through classes, labs and fieldwork experiences. A comprehensive review to prepare for the NREMT exam is included.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

Paramedics can use this degree program to expand their knowledge and skills for advancement in the profession. Advanced training in critical care medicine, such as the use of arterial lines and ventilators, is included.


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