Syracuse, New York, EMT School Options
The Syracuse, New York, area has few options for studying to become an emergency medical technician (EMT). This article explores two schools, one in the city and the other about an hour away, and the training programs they offer. There is also a table of information that a prospective student should consider, such as enrollment and costs. At the end of the article are some facts about another option for EMT training in the Syracuse area.
- Upstate Medical University (Upstate), affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is the parent organization of the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is located right in Syracuse and offers basic and intermediate EMT training as well as a paramedic certificate program.
- Students seeking a degree can choose to study at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC), about 57 miles from downtown Syracuse. This school offers an associate's degree in emergency medical services/paramedic.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals should be aware of many important facts about the schools they are considering. This table presents that information in a way that makes comparisons easy.
|Upstate Medical University||Mohawk Valley Community College|
|School Type||Public, 4-year||Public, 2-year|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||1,484||6,506|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees||EMT - Basic course: $720; Advanced EMT certificate: $1,395; Paramedic program: $5,440 (2018)**||$5,058 for in-state students, $9,308 for out-of-state students (2017-2018)*|
|% of Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2016-2017)*||74%||79%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - data not available||N/A - open admissions policy|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||N/A - data not available||60% for full-time students, 38% for part-time students|
|Graduation Rate||N/A - data not available||30% overall, 16% transfer-out (for students who began in Fall 2014)|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Upstate Medical University
Upstate Medical University
The training courses and program offered by Upstate are provided by the university's Emergency Medicine Simulation Technology and Training (EM-STAT) Center. The center provides access to resources such as 'smart' classrooms with additional technological features to enhance students' experiences and simulation technology for skills practice prior to field opportunities.
EMT - Basic Course
The EMT - Basic course offered by Upstate takes a little over four months to complete. The curriculum is made up of 168 hours spent in the classroom and a clinical rotation in a local hospital or with an approved ambulance service. Students are trained in caring for injured and ill patients in out-of-hospital settings. An EMT - Basic refresher course also is available for $335.
EMT - Advanced
The Advanced EMT class continues training students beyond the basic EMT level. A total of 150 hours are spent in the classroom, along with 120 hours of clinical rotation. Skills emphasized include pharmacology, neonatology, trauma, and pediatrics. Students also complete a 150 hour internship.
Paramedic Certificate Program
The paramedic program at Upstate requires completion of 500 hours of didactic instruction and 500+ hours of clinical rotations in local hospitals and a field internship. The program can be completed in about 16 months. Applicants to the program must be currently certified as an EMT - Basic provider, at least 18 years old, and have some experience in the field. Other prerequisites include a high school diploma or equivalent, three letters of recommendation, successful completion of written and practical exams, and an entrance interview. The program's curriculum is comprehensive and covers medical training related to geriatrics, pharmacology, and neonatology.
Mohawk Valley Community College
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) - EMS/Paramedic program at MVCC is available through cooperative efforts by the college, the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare EMS Center, and State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT). Graduates of the program can continue their education at SUNYIT to earn a bachelor's degree in health services management.
Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic
Students interested in the program must hold current certification as an EMT - Basic and have successfully completed a chemistry class with lab work and a math course 'A' or its equivalent at the high school level. The program requires the completion of 63 credit hours of coursework; 36 credit hours are transferred from the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare EMS Center and earned by the successful completion of four levels of paramedic classes, and 27 credit hours are earned through MVCC general education courses. The curriculum has been designed to meet the training needs of individuals pursuing careers as firefighters, ambulance attendants, and law enforcement personnel, as well as paramedics.
Other School Options
EMT training classes are also available through a cooperative effort by the Onondaga County EMS Bureau and the Onondaga Community College Public Safety Training Center, also located in Syracuse, New York.