EMT Training in Columbus, Ohio with Certification Information

There are about six schools near Columbus, Ohio, that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission information at three schools within 50 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

Columbus, Ohio, Schools with EMT Training

Several community colleges and vocational/technical schools offer EMT training in the Columbus area. This article examines three schools no more than a 35-minute drive from downtown Columbus and looks at the training programs they offer. All meet state and national certification requirements. A table of data from the three schools includes facts about enrollment, costs and graduation rates. It is presented in a format that makes it easy to compare the schools, and prospective students can use this information to help them make a sound decision about their education. There are also some details about another area school, a bit more distant, that provides EMT training.

  • Columbus State Community College is located within the city's limits. It provides EMT and paramedic certificate programs and an associate's degree program in emergency medical services (EMS).
  • EMT certificate and associate degree programs can be found at Central Ohio Technical College, which is about 30 miles away from downtown Columbus.
  • North Central State College is around 43 miles from downtown Columbus, and students can get basic EMT and paramedic training there.

Comparison of Schools

The following table notes some information that individuals will want to take into account as they consider their options for EMT training.

Columbus State Community College Central Ohio Technical College North Central State College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 27,204* 3,479* 3,050*
Campus Setting Large city Small suburb Fringe rural
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,808 for in-state; $8,430 for out-of-state* $4,296 for in-state; $7,056 for out-of-state* $3,591 for in-state; $7,181 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 74%* 87%* 87%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017) 63% for full-time; 46% for part-time* 53% for full-time; 39% for part-time 53% for full-time; 39% for part-time*
Graduation Rate (students who began their studies in Fall 2014) 21%* 17%* 19%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Columbus State Community College

The Ohio EMS Board's certification standards are met by the programs at this school. In addition to the following EMT programs, Columbus State also offers a bridge program for registered nurses (RNs) looking to transition into careers as paramedics.

EMT Certificate Program

Students learn all of the basics for EMTs in this single semester, 7-credit course. A 24-clock-hour clinical experience must be satisfied to complete these studies.

Paramedic Certificate

A Paramedic Preparation Course must be completed before one can enroll in this program. The curriculum consists of a five-course sequence taken over three semesters, which totals 30 credits. Classroom studies are combined with weekly clinical and field experiences. Graduates are fully prepared to sit for state registration exams.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

In this degree program, students can take classes on EMS management, disaster planning, critical care transport, emergency psych intervention, search and rescue, and WMD emergencies. The 5-course paramedic sequence from the certificate program is also incorporated into the AAS. The general education portion of the program includes coursework on anatomy and physiology, psychology, algebra and English.

Central Ohio Technical College

In these accredited EMS programs, students must have uniforms, wrist watches and stethoscopes. As of 2018, Central Ohio Technical College was developing an accelerated paramedic program to help students enter the workforce more quickly.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

In this 7-credit, 1-semester course, students learn the basics of EMT techniques and responsibilities through lectures, labs and clinical experiences. Graduates are eligible to take the national registration exam.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Those who are already certified as an EMT in Ohio can take this 8-credit-hour program. The 10 contact hours consist of 7 hours of lecture and 3 lab hours. Advanced life support, airway management, defibrillation and newborn care are among the topics addressed in these studies.

Paramedic Certificate

In this 12-month, 3-semester program, students complete classroom and lab studies in addition to 500 hours in hospital (300 hours) and medic unit (200 hours) participation. Students should expect to devote the type of time to this program that they would to a full-time job.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Paramedic

Combining the EMT and Paramedic certificate curricula with general education courses, this degree program is designed for those who seek advancement in the EMT field.

North Central State College

Students who complete the EMT programs at this school qualify to take the practical and written tests for state certification.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

In this single-course, basic program, students earn six credits through four lecture and six lab hours. The curriculum follows the national standard and helps students build the observational and evaluation skills needed to succeed in this field, such as communication, observation and emergency scene evaluation.

Paramedic Certification Training

In this program, students complete the EMT - Basic studies and then progress through four EMT - Paramedic courses that cover IV therapy, airway management, geriatric care and respiratory emergencies. Most of these studies are conducted off-campus. Clinical and field internships are part of this program.

Other School Options

Emergency medical services programs can also be found at Tri-Rivers Career Center, roughly 35 miles out from Columbus' downtown area.


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