EMT Training in Lexington, KY with Class Descriptions

The Lexington, KY, area has three schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Learn about the certificate and degree programs, admission information and program requirements for two of these schools, both less than 20 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

Lexington, KY, Schools with EMT Training Opportunities

  • Eastern Kentucky University is located just under 20 miles from Lexington. These programs can result in a student earning a basic EMT certificate. Eastern Kentucky also offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in emergency medical care as well as a minor program in this field of study.
  • As part of its fire/rescue science technology program, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, located within Lexington's city limits, offers an EMT training course. You can also pursue a certificate or associate's degree in emergency medical services - paramedic.

This article looks at the EMT programs offered and also includes a table showcasing information an aspiring EMT student should consider, such as school size, costs and the percentage of students who graduate on time.

School Information

Individuals need a variety of information about a school when making a decision on where to attend. This table provides some key facts about Eastern Kentucky University.

Eastern Kentucky University Bluegrass Community and Technical College
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 16,612* 9,478*
Campus Setting Distant town Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $9,366 for in-state; $18,250 for out-of-state* $4,160 for in-state; $13,880 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 98%* 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 87%* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 73% for full-time students; 23% for part-time students* 54% for full-time students; 42% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 44% (for students who began Fall 2011)* 19% (for students who began Fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Eastern Kentucky University

As part of the coursework at this school, students can pursue certifications in pediatric advanced life support, advanced medical life support, pre-hospital trauma life support and advanced cardiac life support.

Basic Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

The curriculum for this certificate program consists of only seven hours of classes. One course acts as an emergency medical care introduction for students, while the other class covers basic life support in healthcare. Upon completion of this program, students receive a certificate from the Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Management, rather than Eastern Kentucky University.

Associate of Science in Paramedicine

Out of the required 64 hours for this program, 40 are spent in emergency medical care major requirements. The rest of the curriculum includes supporting classes, university requirements, free electives and general education requirements. Among those requirements, students learn about anatomy, justice and safety, physiology and electrocardiography. For the major requirements, students have to take two field internships, along with classes on advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, medical emergencies and trauma.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care

Students can choose from one of three specializations upon entering into this bachelor's degree program. The concentrations available to students include paramedic/science, clinical/fire and safety education and emergency service administration. Regardless of which specialization the student chooses, at least 120 credit hours have to be earned to graduate from this program. The same core courses are required in each concentration option. Students take classes on pharmacology, behavioral emergency management, OB/GYN emergency management and emergency care systems management. The supporting classes for each specialization differ. For example, in the paramedic/science track, students are educated on microbiology and organic chemistry.

Minor in Emergency Medical Care

Students interested in adding a minor to their academic pursuits need to complete four classes with at least a 'C'. This program includes coursework in basic and pre-hospital life support, an introduction in emergency medical care and a clinical experience. To complete the minor, students must complete 11 hours of required courses and seven hours of electives.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Students can pursue an associate's degree or certificate for aspiring paramedics. This college also offers degree, certificate and diploma programs in its fire/rescue science technology program, including a single-course EMT certificate. This training is offered at no charge to individuals who volunteer for rescue squads, fire departments and ambulance services.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

This 6-credit hour lecture course covers all of the basics one would need to know as an EMT. The class covers bandages and dressings; care of dislocations, fractures and sprains; respiratory and cardiac emergencies; burns; and shock.

Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate

This program totals 45-46 credits and combines lectures and labs in trauma emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies, pharmacology and other medical emergencies. Students also take classes in anatomy and physiology and medical terminology as well as a seminar on advanced life support. A field internship is also included.

Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Students of this program would take all of the lectures and labs presented in the paramedic certificate program in addition to communications, psychology and writing. A management principles course for allied health providers is also taken. The program consists of 63-67 total credits.


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