EMT Training in the Bronx with Program Summaries

Jan 02, 2019

The Bronx area has roughly five schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) programs. Learn about these programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools with EMT programs, none more than 15 miles from the Bronx, and make an informed education decision.

Bronx Area Schools with EMT Training Programs

The City University of New York (CUNY) system of colleges and universities is perhaps the foremost provider of EMT training programs in the New York City area. This article explores the EMT programs at three CUNY schools in and near the Bronx borough of New York City and the training programs they offer. It also contains a table of facts about each school, such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and how many first-year students get financial aid. At the end of the article is some information on other Bronx-area schools with a relevant program.

  • CUNY Hostos Community College offers an EMT certificate program and is located in the heart of the Bronx.
  • CUNY Bronx Community College offers an EMT training program sponsored by a government-managed system that waives tuition for economically and disadvantaged students. This school is about three miles from the heart of the Bronx.
  • Another Bronx area school with an EMT program is CUNY Queensborough Community College , which has an extensive health and emergency care continuing education division in the New York City area. It is about 10 miles from the Bronx.

Comparison of Schools

This table provides data that can help individuals who are deciding on a school for their training. It organizes the information in a way that makes comparisons easy.

CUNY Hostos Community College CUNY Bronx Community College CUNY Queensborough Community College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,211* 10,935* 15,400*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,435 program cost (2018-2019)** Program is free for those who qualify** $5,210 in-state; $8,090 out-of-state* (may be reduced as a non-credit course**)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 90%* 89%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 61% full-time; 44% part-time* 59% full-time; 40% part-time* 67% full-time; 49% part-time*
Graduation Rate (Students enrolled in Fall 2014) 20%; 13% transfer-out rate* 16%; 13% transfer-out rate* 23%; 21% transfer-out rate*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator; **school website

CUNY Hostos Community College

CUNY Hostos administers an EMT training program through its Continuing Education and Workforce Development division, which focuses on equipping individuals with professional skills in order to foster greater financial flexibility, social mobility and intellectual advancement.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate

This program prepares students to deliver critical care during a variety of emergencies, such as strokes, heart attacks and car accidents. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of practical scenarios, such as traction splinting, shock management, spinal immobilization, patient assessment and airway management. Once studies are completed, students will sit for the New York State Emergency Medical Services exam. An EMT refresher course is also available.

CUNY Bronx Community College

CUNY Bronx administers its EMT training program through the Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), which trains low-income and disadvantaged students for entry-level positions in a host of fields.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Program

Students seeking to enroll in this program must present proof of HS education and income as well as government-issued identification. Upon entry, they're trained in both the practical and theoretical aspects of first response emergency care. Once students complete their formal studies, they're required to pass both a written and practical exam before becoming eligible to sit for the state certifying exam.

CUNY Queensborough Community College

CUNY Queensborough offers an EMT training program through its professional and workforce development division, which also offers phlebotomy, CPR and first aid training courses.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Program

In order to gain entry into CUNY Queensborough's EMT training program, students are highly recommended to have completed CPR and First Aid training. Immunization records are required. The curriculum combines theoretical simulation, real-world practice and observation into a 220-hour course that culminates with students sitting for the state-certifying exam. Training is divided into classroom and laboratory hours.

Other School Option

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College administers an EMT- paramedic program about nine miles away.

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