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Members of volunteer fire/rescue departments in Montgomery County have several options when it comes to completing EMT training. Several colleges in the county and surrounding areas offer programs that prepare students to sit for the Maryland certification exam. Although not specifically designed to prepare students for EMT certification, other programs in the area provide relevant training in areas such as fire safety and emergency services management
Montgomery College, located in Rockville, offers an EMT-Basic Letter of Recognition. The seven-credit hour course trains students to perform in the EMS field in entry-level positions. Students who complete the course are eligible to take the certification exam required by the state. A grade of 'C' or better must be achieved in all modules of the course. The EMT-Basic program is offered by the school's Fire Science and Emergency Services Department. Upon completing this program, students will be trained to assess patient's injuries and physical conditions, provide appropriate medical treatments, including bandaging, CPR, emergency childbirth and oxygen therapy. Related awards offered by the department include a certificate and an A.A.S. in Fire and Emergency Services Management. An EMT-Paramedic program is currently being developed and will be available in the future.
Howard Community College
Located in neighboring Columbia, Howard Community College offers an A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic. This career-focused degree program allows students to pursue either basic and advanced emergency medical care training and features a curriculum that stresses important concepts such as patient assessment, emergency scene management, and general anatomy. In addition to these career-specific topics, students also learn other skills that EMTs will need, such as public speaking and mathematics.
George Washington University
Students willing to travel to nearby Washington can find a series of high-quality programs at George Washington University. Undergraduate students can enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program, which provides skills and knowledge that students will need to seek careers as supervisors, administrators, and mid-level managers. Students seeking an even more intensive education can pursue GWU's dual degree program, which awards both a BSHS in Emergency Medical Services Management and a Master's in Clinical Management and Leadership. In addition to the degree programs, the school also offers a paramedic refresher course taught by practicing physicians and experienced EMS professionals.
The State of Maryland requires that all applicants for licensure as EMTs or paramedics complete an approved training course prior to submitting applications to the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) for state licensure. Following completion of an EMT program, an applicant must pass a written exam (with a score of 70 percent or better) and a practical exam administered by the MIEMSS.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||EMT Training Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Montgomery College||Public, two-year; small city||EMT-Basic Letter of Recognition||$4,728 in-district; $9,156 in-state; $12,432 out-of-state|
|Howard Community College||Public, two-year; small city||A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic||$3,698 in-district; $5,690 in-state; $6,770 out-of-state|
|George Washington University||Private, four-year; large city||BSHS; BSHS in Emergency Medical Services & Master's in Clinical Management and Leadership (dual degree)||$50,435|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.