EMT Training in North Carolina with School Overviews

Jan 02, 2019

Research EMT training programs in North Carolina. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two schools to decide which program is right for you.

North Carolina EMT Training

Emergency medical technology training can teach students how to respond quickly and provide effective patient care during medical transportation due to accidents, injuries and other medical emergencies. Such training is available at the basic, advanced and paramedic levels, though not all schools will provide all types of programs.

As in many other states, EMT training in North Carolina is found mainly at community colleges. EMT-Basic and EMT-Advanced studies can be offered through continuing education courses, while more advanced paramedic programs usually award graduates an associate's degree. Find out about two schools' programs, including curricula, labs, field training experiences and certification. In addition, the table following the introduction of the two schools offers informative details.

  • Wake Technical Community College is centrally located in Raleigh. This school offers continuing education courses and an associate's degree in emergency medical science.
  • Guilford Technical Community College is situated farther west, in Jamestown, NC. Continuing education classes and an associate's degree in emergency medical science are available to students at this school.

Comparison of Schools

Beyond looking at the schools' locations and program requirements, students may want to know more details about the specific schools. The following table provides extra information about the tuition, admissions and graduation rates at these schools.

Wake Technical Community College Guilford Technical Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 22,494 10,072
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $2,768 (in-state)
$8,912 (out-of-state)
$2,167 (in-state)
$7,695 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 44% 75%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions) 100% (open admissions)
Retention Rate (2017)* 70% of full-time students 48% of full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began 2014)* 16% 19%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Wake Technical Community College

Wake Technical Community College (WTCC), established in 1958, is one of the biggest community colleges in North Carolina and serves more than 70,000 credit-seeking and non-credit students each year. Courses are offered at several campuses and centers throughout the Raleigh area. EMT courses are available through an associate's degree program and a continuing education program.

Emergency Medical Science Continuing Education

Students interested in taking individual EMT courses can do so through Wake Technical's continuing education program. The program offers EMT Initial and EMT refresher courses. The EMT Initial course teaches students the foundations of emergency medical services, emergency response and patient care. It includes 200 hours of instruction and lab work. After completing the program, students can put eight credit hours toward the associate degree.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science

The associate's degree program is designed to provide a rounded education in emergency medical services to 30 students each year. In addition to coursework covering topics in EMT-Basic, Advanced and Paramedic training, the associate's degree program includes classes in medical interventions, EMS management and methodology, rescue scene management, emergency pharmacology and response to trauma emergencies.

The program requires 70 credits and includes medical laboratory work, clinical training, classroom instruction and EMS internships. Completion of the program allows students to seek state certification and immediate employment, though students can also transfer to an allied health bachelor's degree program in North Carolina.

Guilford Technical Community College

Located approximately 12 miles from Greensboro, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) is a public school that awards certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees in 80 fields of study. The school also offers professional and career development, adult literacy and continuing education programs. GTCC's EMT courses are available through continuing education classes and an associate's degree program.

Emergency Medical Science Continuing Education

The continuing education department at GTCC offers an EMT-Basic course that combines classroom instruction and online learning. The EMT-Basic course introduces students to basic patient care, life support and emergency response methods. The course is offered at the main campus in Jamestown and at the Greensboro and Cameron campuses. Courses typically last at least two months and are offered throughout the year in day and night schedules. A refresher course for current EMTs wishing to keep up to date and a CPR class are also available.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science

The associate's degree program in EMS prepares students to become paramedics with local hospitals, clinics and emergency response agencies. The program requires at least 70 credits and offers courses in emergency vehicle maintenance, cardiology, psychology, effective patient assessment and airway management. According to GTCC, 73% of EMT graduates have passed the North Carolina State Written Paramedic Certification Exam, which is required to become a paramedic in the state.

Current paramedics with EMT training but no college degree can enroll in a bridge program to earn the associate's degree in a shorter time frame. With proof of certification and experience, paramedics can complete the remaining courses and general education requirements needed for the AAS in 20 credit hours.

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