EMT Training in Nashville with Certification Program Overviews

The Nashville area has three schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Learn about the programs, admission info, and program requirements for these schools, all within 50 miles of the city center, and make an informed education decision.

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Nashville-Area Schools Offering EMT Programs

While students searching for EMT training in Nashville won't find programs right in the city, there are three schools within a 55-minute drive offering a variety of training options that meet state and national certification requirements. This article explores those schools and their programs, and also includes a table of information that can be useful to prospective EMT students. This table covers facts from all three schools, including school type, enrollment and costs.

  • At Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, about 25 miles from Nashville, students can earn EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic technical certificates.
  • In Murfreesboro, about 34 miles from Nashville, Middle Tennessee State University has an EMT training course.
  • Columbia State Community College students can take advantage of a specialty EMT-IV training program or a paramedic program. This school is about 46 miles from Nashville.

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Comparison of Schools

Students need to explore many aspects of the schools they are considering, and the following table presents information in a way that makes comparisons easy.

Volunteer State Community College Middle Tennessee State University Columbia State Community College
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 7,664* 22,729* 5,117*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Distant town
Tuition and Fees (2016) $2,016.50 for the EMT or Paramedic program** $1,599.00 for Basic EMT, $1,249.00 for Advanced EMT** $3,047.50 for the entire EMT-IV program, $6,000 for the EMT-Paramedic program***
Graduation Rate (2014) 100% for Paramedic Program* N/A N/A

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator; ** Volunteer State Community College, *** Columbia State Community College.

Volunteer State Community College

EMT programs are offered through the school's Division of Allied Health. Students must be 18 years old, pass a background check and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in this program. Physical fitness is also considered, to determine whether prospective students can meet the challenges of this field.

EMT-Basic Technical Certificate

This certificate can be earned in one semester. The four classes cover physiology and anatomy, emergency medical service theory, emergency pharmacology, and clinical practice. Course credits can be applied towards an Associate in Applied Science degree and count towards meeting the admission criteria for the paramedic program. Successfully completing this program qualifies students to take the Tennessee EMT-Basic licensing exam.

EMT-Paramedic Technical Certificate

The paramedic program takes about one full year to complete, including a summer semester with 12 credit hours of clinical training. Applicants must have a current Tennessee EMT-Basic license. Coursework includes topics in patient assessment and treating specialty age groups, such as children and the elderly.

Middle Tennessee State University

The EMT program at MTSU is offered through the schools University College. Before enrolling in this program, students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Prospective students also need to pass a criminal background check.

EMT Training Course

This program offers two regular evening class formats which take 9.5 months to complete. An accelerated Friday and Saturday format allows students to complete the program in six months. Students who successfully complete the program are qualified to take the Tennessee licensing test. Because this is a non-credit course, students apply to the program without applying to the college; however, this also disqualifies students from receiving traditional types of financial aid.

Columbia State Community College

To be accepted into this program, students must be 18 years old, provide immunization records, and be able to meet the program's physical qualifications. Before the program begins, students must submit a background check and drug screening, results of a physical exam, and proof of health insurance. They must also meet the program's immunization requirements.

Emergency Medical Technician Intravenous Therapy (EMT-IV) Training

Students learn how to work independently and as team members of emergency medical services (EMS) crews. This is a single course that blends classroom study, clinical rotations, and EMS rotations. The program is offered during the day on a 2-class per week basis or in the evenings on a 4-class per-week basis and can be completed in a single semester. Students need to provide their own uniforms and diagnostic kits. Once students successfully complete this training program, they will be qualified to take the EMT licensing exam for the state of Tennessee.

Emergency Medical Technician -Paramedic Training

Applicants must apply to both the school and the EMS Academy program before enrolling in this program. The program lasts about one year and includes both classroom training and clinical training. Students are also required to complete 240 hours of clinical rotations in areas like obstetrics, pediatrics, and emergency rooms.

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