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EMT Training in Massachusetts with Career Education Overviews

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs in Massachusetts, which currently has 10 colleges and universities offering these programs. Read overviews of the degrees and certificates and get some quick facts for two Massachusetts schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Colleges in Massachusetts with EMT Training Programs

EMT training in Massachusetts is offered at both community colleges and 4-year universities. Basic EMT and more advanced paramedic studies are available, and students interested in this type of training can choose from both certificate and 2-year degree programs. Most programs are designed to prepare students to take necessary certification exams.

Find details about two community colleges in Massachusetts and their EMT programs below. Get information about required coursework, program duration and clinical training opportunities and learn facts about each school by reading the included table.

  • Massachusetts Bay Community College offers 2 certificate programs and one associate's degree program in EMT and paramedic studies. The college is located roughly 15 miles west of downtown Boston.
  • Bristol Community College is based about 50 miles south of downtown Boston. The college has a certificate program for EMTs.

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Comparison of Schools

Whether you are looking for basic EMT or paramedic studies, it is beneficial to consider all facts about a school before choosing a program. Below you will find statistics and figures reflecting each school's population, retention and graduation rates, tuition, graduation rates and more.

Massachusetts Bay Community College Bristol Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 5,369* 9,189*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $4,496 (in-state)*
$9,440 (out-of-state)*
$4,296 (in-state)*
$9,240 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 66%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate (2015-2016) N/A (open admissions policy)* N/A (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 62% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students* 61% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students *
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in Fall 2011) 15%* 19%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Massachusetts Bay Community College (MassBay) was established in 1961 and educates over 5,000 students on three campuses each year. MassBay is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and prepares students to transfer to a 4-year school for continued education.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

This 10-week to 16-week program teaches students the basic EMT curriculum with lab and classroom settings. Students focus on triage, assessment and patient stabilization, CPR, basic anatomy and physiology, as well as dealing with environmental and psychological emergencies. This course equips students with the information needed for readiness to sit for the state's licensing exam.

Paramedic Certificate

This 1-year certificate program offers both day and evening programs, as well as a part-time option offered every other year. This program builds from the EMT program with more in-depth studies, lab and clinical practices focusing from infant to geriatric with acute aliments to critical emergencies. This program develops the foundation of information needed for taking the state's EMT-Paramedic exam.

Bristol Community College

Chartered in 1965, Bristol Community College serves over 9,000 students a year. The school offers over 150 programs of study for students interested in certificates or associate degrees. Bristol Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and consists of 3 campuses and 1 center.

Certificate of Recognition in Emergency Medical Technician

This 8-credit, 2-course certificate program prepares students for the State of Massachusetts EMT licensing exam. The program is offered at the Fall River, New Bedford and Atteboro campuses. Courses utilize hands-on learning and simulations to help students learn assessment and management in emergency situations. Students develop skills for life saving techniques such as life support CPR, airway management, spinal injury care, severe bleeding treatment and patient assistance in ambulance transport. Students are also expected to exhibit an understanding of physiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology.

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