EMT Training in St Louis, MO with School Information

Jan 02, 2019

The St. Louis area has six schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) programs. Learn about the costs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all located within about 33 miles of the city center, and make an informed education decision.

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St. Louis, MO, Schools with EMT Programs

Several schools in the St. Louis, MO, area offer EMT programs, and some of the closest are in Illinois. This article looks at three schools, one in downtown St. Louis and two others within about 33 miles, and the training programs they offer. These programs prepare students to take national and state licensure exams. In addition to this information, there is a table of facts that prospective students should consider, such as school size, setting, tuition and the graduation rates. At the end of the article is a listing of two additional schools that offer EMT training programs.

  • Jefferson College is in Missouri, about 33 miles from downtown St. Louis. It offers EMT training as certificate and associate's degree programs.
  • Located in Illinois, about 23 miles from the St. Louis city center, Lewis and Clark Community College offers a basic EMT certificate program. It also has a certificate and an associate's degree program in paramedicine.
  • St. Louis Community College is the only option located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, MO. In addition to an EMT certificate of specialization, this school offers an associate's degree in paramedic technology.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are considering a school for EMT training should look at several statistics. This table presents this important information in a way that simplifies comparison between the schools.

Jefferson College Lewis and Clark Community College St. Louis Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,439* 7,000* 18,835*
Campus Setting Fringe rural Small suburb Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $3,300 in-district; $4,890 in-state; $6,450 out-of-state* $3,432 in-district; $9,192 in-state; $12,072 out-of-state* $3,285 in-district; $4,695 in-state; $6,435 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 87%* 78%* 76%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 59% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students* 66% for full-time students; 54% for part-time students* 61% for full-time students; 38% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who began studies Fall 2014) 26% (15% transfer-out rate)* 39% (15% transfer-out rate)* 12% (24% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Jefferson College

In addition to lecture-based training, students need to complete hands-on requirements by participating in practicums and clinical internships. This school's EMT programs are tasked with preparing students for state and national EMT licensure exams.

Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

In this program, students can expect to learn concepts in paramedic preparation, pharmacology, medical emergencies, special considerations, and cardiology. Students also learn about trauma care, ambulance use, advanced care, and anatomy/physiology. A total of 60-62 credit hours are needed to earn this certificate.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology

In addition to the courses found in the EMT certificate program, students must complete additional general education courses to earn this degree. The program requires students to complete 75-77 credit hours of coursework.

Lewis and Clark Community College

The EMT programs offered at this school provide students with laboratory course components and theoretical concept courses. Some programs also require students to participate in clinical work and a field internship for professional skills development.

Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technician - EMT

In addition to the emergency medical technician course, students complete classes in rescue awareness and hazardous materials. Eight credits are required for completion.

Certificate of Proficiency in Paramedicine

A minimum of 45 credit hours are needed for program completion. This program also includes the EMT - Basic course. Additional classes cover human biology, pharmacology, emergency vehicles, medical terminology, medical condition treatment and trauma patients.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine

This 60 credit hour program requires the same courses found in the paramedicine certificate program. In addition, this program requires general education courses. Both the certificate and degree programs include an internship.

St. Louis Community College

Along with classroom-based training, students must fulfill internship requirements to acquire hands-on training. EMT students need to show that they have a certain level of maturity, good vision, manual dexterity and be in good physical condition.

Certificate of Specialization in Emergency Medical Technology

This program requires students to complete a comprehensive EMT course and an internship. Students learn how to work with other medical professionals to assess and transport patients, respond to emergencies and provide patient care. This program can be completed in 1 semester.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology

This 71-credit program requires students to take general education courses in college English and writing, chemistry, physiology and anatomy. Courses cover pulmonology, special conditions, treatment procedures, trauma, patient management, communication techniques and paramedic pharmacology. Students must also participate in clinical work and paramedic laboratory course components. Graduates qualify to sit for state and national EMT - Paramedic licensure exams.

Other School Options

Students will also be able to find additional EMT and paramedic programs 14 miles away at Southwestern Illinois College and about 45 miles away at East Central College, both of which will qualify them to take the national certification exams required for state licensure.

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