EMT Training in NYC with Program Descriptions

Jan 02, 2019

The New York City area has five schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) programs. Learn about the courses, admission info, and program requirements for these schools, all within 35 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

New York City Schools with EMT Courses

New York City EMT courses can generally be found in the first semester of paramedic programs, but students can test for certification after they've completed the EMT-Basic courses. This article looks at three schools. Two are very close to downtown, while the other is nearly 50 minutes away. Following the information on the schools and their programs is a table of facts about each school. It contains information on enrollment, school types and costs and is designed to help students choose their best option for EMT training.

  • At CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, located at the heart of the city, students can find an emergency medical care course.
  • Just six miles from downtown, CUNY LaGuardia Community College offers an EMT-Basic class.
  • Valhalla, about 32 miles from downtown New York City, is home to SUNY Westchester Community College, where students can take an emergency medical services class.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMTs need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. This table presents pertinent statistics in a way that simplifies the comparison process.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY LaGuardia Community College SUNY Westchester Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 26,932 19,373 12,571
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $5,170 in-state, $8,050 out-of-state $5,218 in-state, $8,098 out-of-state $4,723 in-state, $12,233 out-of-state
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Type of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 83% 77% 65%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A Open admission N/A Open admission N/A Open admission
Retention Rate (2017)* 63% full-time, 45% part-time 64% full-time, 30% part-time 64% full-time, 52% part-time
Graduation Rate for Students Beginning 2014* 20% 23% 17%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Borough of Manhattan Community College offers a paramedic program that offers a course through which students can sit for the EMT certification in the state of New York.

Emergency Medical Care Course

The course covers basic, pre-hospital care skills for emergency patients. Once students pass this course, they can take the New York State Emergency Medical Technical Certification exam. After achieving certification, students can move on to the other courses in the Associate of Applied Science degree in paramedicine.

LaGuardia Community College

To enroll in this class, students must first fulfill the school's English, math, and science requirements. The class can be used to advance to the paramedic associate degree program, and it qualifies students for New York State EMT certification.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course

The National Standard Curriculum for EMT-B guidelines were followed in the creation of this course. The class covers topics that include patient assessment, CPR, airway management, obstetrics, pediatrics, cardiac arrest, and trauma. Lab practice and lecture formats are used to present this class.

Westchester Community College

To take this course, students must be at least 18 years old by the end of the month in which they'll take their certification exam. Students must also pass a criminal background check and drug screening at their own expense. They'll also need to get permission from the EMS Academy in order to enroll in this course.

Emergency Medical Technician Course

The class covers patient assessment, human anatomy, basic life support, and a variety of treatment methods for pre-hospital patient emergencies. The class incorporates ten hours of clinical practice in an emergency room. Once a student has completed the course, he or she is eligible to take the New York State Department of Health EMT-B certification. This course lasts 17 weeks.

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