Sacramento Schools with EMT Training Programs
This article looks at three schools in the Sacramento area that offer EMT training. One institution is part of the state university system, while the other two are affiliated with the Los Rios Community College District. All are no more than a 20-minute drive from Sacramento, and the programs they offer meet state certification standards. Additionally, this article includes a table of information about the schools, such as size, school type, costs and the graduation rates. There is also some information about other nearby schools that offer EMT training programs.
- California State University - Sacramento (Sacramento State) offers an EMT basic course as well as a paramedic program. It is about eight miles from downtown Sacramento.
- Approximately 11 miles from the city center, American River College (ARC) has EMT- basic and EMT-paramedic certificate programs as well as an associate's degree program in EMT-paramedic.
- Cosumnes River College (CRC), about 14 miles from downtown Sacramento, offers an EMT certificate of proficiency.
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Comparison of Schools
Aspiring EMTs need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. This table presents important information in a format that makes it easy to compare these institutions.
|California State University - Sacramento||American River College||Cosumnes River College|
|School Type||Public, 4-year||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||29,349*||29,133*||14,467*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$6,872 for in-state students, $18,032 for out-of-state students*||$1,104 for in-state students, $7,440 for out-of-state students*||$1,104 for in-state students, $7,440 for out-of-state students*|
|% of Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2013-2014)||79%*||75%*||76%*|
|Acceptance Rate||73% (2014)||N/A - open admissions policy||N/A - open admissions policy|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||83% for full-time students, 66% for part-time students*||70% for full-time students, 44% for part-time students*||73% for full-time students, 53% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||44% overall, 3% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2008)*||27% overall, 8% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2011)*||26% overall, 8% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2011)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator.
California State University - Sacramento
Students attending Sacramento State have two levels of EMT certification training to choose from. Students who successfully complete the courses are eligible to take National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exams at the appropriate level. Both programs are offered by the California State University - Sacramento College of Continuing Education (CCE).
EMT - Basic Course
The EMT - Basic course is open to all students who will be at least 18 years old by course end. It takes nine weeks to complete and prepares students for careers in the emergency medical services (EMS) field. The course is focused on training students to be able to provide basic life support in a pre-hospital setting. In addition to lectures, the curriculum includes skills practice sessions in a laboratory setting.
EMT - Paramedic Program
The paramedic program requires that all applicants have completed an EMT - Basic course and are certified by NREMT. An entrance exam is also required for admission to the program. The program takes one year to complete and is divided into three sections: a didactic segment, a clinical segment, and an internship, during which students serve the community as a paramedic under appropriate supervision. The curriculum focuses on advanced life support and includes training in trauma, cardiology, and obstetrics.
American River College
ARC offers three program choices to students pursuing careers in EMS. Two certificate options and one degree program are offered by the school's division of health and education. Graduates of each program are eligible to take the NREMT exam for certification at the corresponding level.
EMT - Basic Certificate
The EMT - Basic certificate program available at ARC consists of a single, basic training course over the course of one semester. Applicants to the program must currently be certified for cardiopulmonary resuscitation or have completed both HEED 310 and HEED 323 with a grade of 'C' or better. The curriculum includes training in patient assessment, emergency care procedures, and an overview of medical care in pre-hospital settings.
EMT - Paramedic, Associate of Applied Science and Certificate Programs
Students desiring to train as an EMT - Paramedic can choose between a certificate and degree program at American River College; the core curriculum for both is identical. Individuals seeking to earn a degree will complete the paramedic certificate program in its entirety as well as additional general education requirements. Full-time students graduating from the certificate program will have earned 36.5-43.5 credit hours over a 1-year period. Degree-seeking students must meet a 60-credit hour minimum.
In 2014, the start-up costs for the paramedic program were estimated to be $2,500. Applicants to the program must have a high school diploma or equivalent, hold current certification as an EMT - Basic provider, and meet minimum grade requirements for prerequisite courses.
Cosumnes River College
One program is offered by Cosumnes River College to students interested in becoming EMTs. The emergency medical technology department also offers a refresher course for currently certified EMTs and the opportunity to earn hours in the field through a work experience class.
The EMT certificate program offered by CRC prepares students for the Sacramento County Health Department, Division of Emergency Medical Services certification exam as an EMT - Basic or EMT - Intermediate. The program consists of the completion of 14 credit hours earned in three courses. Course EMT 100 includes 81 hours of didactic instruction and 135 hours practicing skills in laboratory, hospital, and ambulance settings. Prerequisites for applicants to the program include background checks, drug tests, liability insurance, and current immunizations.
Other School Options
Students have a minimum of three other schools from which to choose when deciding among EMT programs in the Sacramento area. Sierra College, Los Medanos College, and Napa Valley College are located 22 miles, 45 miles, and 47 miles from the city, respectively.