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EMT Training in Atlanta, GA with Program and School Options

There are eight schools within 50 miles of Atlanta that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at two schools within 20 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

Schools Near Atlanta with EMT Training Programs

Students seeking EMT programs in Atlanta have one school available inside the city limits and several others that are nearby. This article looks at two schools, both within 30 minutes of the city center, and the training programs they offer. All these programs meet state and national certification standards. The article provides a table of data about these two institutions, including enrollment figures, tuition and percentage of students who graduate on schedule. Prospective students should take these facts into account when choosing a school. At the end of the article is a little information about two other area schools that offer EMT training.

  • Atlanta Technical College offers EMT technical certificate programs at basic and advanced levels. This school is about five miles from downtown.
  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkson, approximately 10 miles from the city center, offers EMT certificate programs at the basic and advanced levels.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMTs need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. The following table makes it easy to compare these three schools and see which is the best fit.

Atlanta Technical College Georgia Piedmont Technical College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,098* 4,115*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $2,816 in-state, $4,952 out-of-state* $2,920 in-state, $5,056 out-of-state*
Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 94%* 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 58% full-time, 42% part-time* 68% full-time, 42% part-time*
Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in Fall 2014 44%* 40%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.

Atlanta Technical College

Students at this school can take advantage of certificate programs at the basic and intermediate levels of training.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

To enroll in this program, students must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and pass a criminal background check. The program consists of six courses, including a clinical segment. Studies cover patient assessment, airway management, trauma treatment and EMT pharmacology. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to earn this certificate. Successful completion allows students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Basic exam, which is required for Georgia EMT licensure.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

To participate in this program, students must meet the requirements of the basic program; meet reading, English and math requirements; and have EMT Basic certification. The program includes four courses, two of which are clinical. Successful completion of this program will qualify students to take the NREMT Advanced EMT (AEMT) exam. Students must have a 2.0 GPA throughout the program to earn this certificate.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Students can go through their initial EMT training at this school and return for an advanced certificate.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Students need to complete criminal background checks and drug screenings prior to participating in the clinical portion of this program, which prepares students to provide emergency medical care and transportation for pre-hospital patients. The program consists of six classes that include studies in trauma, patient assessment, airway management and pharmacology. Successful completion of the program qualifies students to take the NREMT Basic exam.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

This 4-course program builds on skills learned in the EMT Basic program. Once students complete this program, they're eligible to take the NREMT AEMT exam, which must be passed to get an intermediate-level EMT license in Georgia.

Other School Options

Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, about 28 miles from Atlanta, offers training programs for all levels of emergency medical service responders. At Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, about 44 miles from Atlanta, students can earn degrees and certificates for several levels of emergency medical services personnel.


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