Miami EMT Schools
Students seeking EMT training in Miami will find a program both within city limits and at neighboring locations. Use this article to explore the courses and fieldwork required by three of these colleges. There's also a table of facts and figures to provide additional details on the institutions for comparison purposes.
- Miami Dade College, located around three miles from the city's center, offers a certificate program for EMT training.
- Students at William T. McFatter Technical College in Davie can earn a technical certificate for their training. The campus is 24 miles from downtown Miami.
- At Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, EMT students who complete the program receive an Applied Technology Diploma. The school is roughly 24 miles from central Miami.
Comparison of Schools
As the program descriptions above suggest, it's important to keep in mind that although all of the profiled schools as seen in this table have open admission policies, prospective EMT candidates must meet certain requirements before they can complete their training. This table contains a number of other facts and statistics that could help you with your education decision, including details on costs, graduation rates and student enrollment.
|Miami Dade College||William T. McFatter Technical College||Broward College|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's, public||2-year, public||4-year, primarily associate's, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||56,001*||1,043*||40,754*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$2,838 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state*||$3,720*||$1, 415 in-state; $4,476 out-of-state*|
|Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||82%*||38%*||77%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||N/A||59% for full-time students*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate||31% (7% transfer-out rate) (Students who began in Fall 2011)*||66% (Students who began in Fall 2014)*||30% (14% transfer-out rate) (Students who began in Fall 2011)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
Miami Dade College
To participate in the program, students must have completed the first responder courses and meet academic standards. Before starting the clinical segment, students must complete a criminal background check and submit their health records.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program
The program can be completed in a single semester and classes are offered primarily in the evenings. The three classes in this program include lab work and a field experience segment. Successfully completing this program will qualify students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services exams.
William T. McFatter Technical College
To participate in this program, students must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and may be required to pass the Test for Adult Basic Education. Prospective students will also need to pass a level-2 background check, medical exam and drug screening.
Emergency Medical Technician Program
The 250-hour program of study is offered in full-time and part-time schedules. Students learn through classroom theory and hands-on skill applications working with fire departments and in emergency room rotations. The program's goal is to prepare students to take the NREMT certification exam.
To apply, students must have a high school diploma or GED. The school requires students in all health science programs to complete a background check and drug screening as well as submitting medical histories and results of a physical exam.
Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma
This 12-credit program is the first segment of a three-tiered program that can conclude in an associate's degree for paramedics, but students aren't required to complete all three segments. The school encourages but doesn't require students to incorporate a general education class. The diploma segment includes four courses that include class work, lab practice and clinical experiences in hospitals and the field. Successfully completing the program qualifies students to take the Florida and national EMT exam.