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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 24 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 an EMT-Basic and Advanced program. This school is about 41 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 (2017) 8,838* 21,913* 5,938*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Distant town
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $4,133 (in-state); $16,109 (out-of-state)* $1,699 course fee (some additional fees can vary)** $2,448 for EMT program***
Graduation Rate 23% (for students who began Fall 2014)* 44% (for students who began Fall 2011)* 28% (for students who began Fall 2014)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator; **Middle Tennessee State University, *** Columbia State Community College

Volunteer State Community College

EMT programs are offered through the school's Health Sciences Division. Students must be 18 years old, pass a background check and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in this program.

EMT-Basic Technical Certificate

This certificate can be earned in one semester. The three classes cover trauma, EMS operations and medical emergencies. Students also take a lab and participate in clinical rotations and a field internship. Course credits 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 school's 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 courses: an EMT and an advanced EMT course. The entire program takes 7.5 months to complete. Classes are taken Monday and Wednesday evenings. Students who successfully complete the program are qualified to take the national 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 - Basic

This is a semester-length program wherein students can take day or evening classes. A total of 96 hours of clinical rotations must be completed. Incoming students must have up-to-date immunizations and proof of MMR vaccination. This 16-credit program results in a Technical Certificate.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

Also a 16-credit program, the AEMT takes four months to complete and combines classroom work with 180 hours of clinical rotations. It prepares students for both state and national registration exams. More advanced topics in medical skills, emergencies and trauma care are explored in this curriculum.

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