EMT Training in Minneapolis with Program and Course Overviews

Jan 02, 2019

The Minneapolis area has four schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 25 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Minneapolis Schools Offering EMT Training Programs

Students looking for EMT training in Minneapolis won't find any inside the city, but there are four schools offering these programs within a half-hour drive. This article explores three of these schools and the training programs they offer. It also includes an informative table of information about each institution, such as enrollment, tuition, campus setting and school type. Prospective students can use this to help them figure out which school is their best option. Also included in this article is a little information about one other school in the area that offers EMT training.

  • Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, about 11 miles from downtown Minneapolis, has an EMT occupational certificate program.
  • Students can earn an EMT certificate at Century College in White Bear Lake, which is about 15 miles from downtown.
  • Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, approximately 15 miles from downtown Minneapolis, also offers an EMT certificate.

Comparison of Schools

When deciding on a school for EMT training, individuals need to look at many factors. This table puts the information together in a format that makes it simple to compare these schools.

Hennepin Technical College Century College Inver Hills Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 5,078* 8,745* 4,479*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $5,198* $5,417* $5,332*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 75%* 70%* 72%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open enrollment N/A - Open enrollment N/A - Open enrollment
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 67% full-time, 46% part-time* 56% full-time, 47% part-time* 55% full-time, 42% part-time*
Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2014 30%* 18%* 25%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

Hennepin Technical College

To be accepted into the EMS certificate program at Hennepin, prospective students must have a clear criminal background check and TB screening. The program includes an ambulance ride-along clinical component.

Emergency Medical Services Specialist Occupational Certificate

This is a 28-credit program that provides students with extensive training in basic life support services and covers various specialized emergency medical services (EMS) courses, such as pre-hospital pediatrics, emergency room medical terminology, critical care simulation scenarios and advanced cardiac life support. Primary studies also cover EMS training, specialized vehicle driving and interpersonal communication skills. Full-time students can complete the program in three semesters.

Century College

Prior to beginning the clinical portion of this program, students must pass a background check. Before finishing the program, they must have a current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR for the Healthcare Provider card. If students don't already have this card, a course can be taken at the same time as the EMT class.

Emergency Medical Technician

This program consists of a single 9-credit class. The curriculum prepares students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam, which is a Minnesota licensure requirement. Students must earn at least a 'C' grade in this course to earn the certificate.

Inver Hills Community College

To participate in this program, students need to have healthcare provider CPR certification that's valid throughout the duration of the class. This program has been approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

This 9-credit program is designed to prepare students to take the NREMT exam. It consists of a single course that teaches students patient assessment, trauma management, cardiac care and other pre-hospital patient management skills. The class includes a clinical field experience.

Other School Options

Students have one other option in the Minneapolis area. Anoka Technical College offers courses and programs for all levels of EMT and paramedic training. The school is about 23 miles from Minneapolis and can be reached in less than half an hour.

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