Omaha, Nebraska, Schools Offering EMT Training
The Omaha, Nebraska, area has at least five schools that offer EMT training programs. All meet state and national certification standards. This article looks at three schools that are within 10 miles of downtown and at the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about these schools, such as size and costs, that prospective students need to know. The article ends with facts about one more area school that offers EMT training.
- Creighton University is a Catholic school located directly in Omaha. It offers EMT - Basic, EMT - Paramedic and EMT - Critical Care Paramedic certificate programs. Degree programs available from Creighton include the Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Bachelor of Science in EMS and Master of Science in EMS.
- Metropolitan Community College (MCC) is about three miles from downtown Omaha. EMT-related programs there include the Associate of Applied Science in Professional Health Studies/EMT Paramedic Track and Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic certificate of achievement.
- Just across the state border, about six miles away, Iowa Western Community College (IWCC), also offers an EMT training program.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are deciding on a school for their EMT training need to be aware of many factors. This table allows them to compare these three schools in several important areas.
|Creighton University||Metropolitan Community College||Iowa Western Community College|
|School Type||Private, not-for-profit, 4-year||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||8,654*||14,954*||6,080*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$38,750*||$2,970 for in-state students, $4,568 for out-of-state students*||$895 program cost**|
|% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017)||99%*||59%*||90%*|
|Acceptance Rate||72% (fall 2017)*||N/A - open admissions policy||N/A - open admissions policy|
|Retention Rate (from fall 2016 to fall 2017)||89% for full-time students*||53% for full-time students, 41% for part-time students*||52% for full-time students, 50% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||81% overall (students began fall 2011)*||16% overall, 20% transfer-out (students began fall 2014)*||21% overall, 30% transfer-out (students began fall 2014)*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator; **Iowa Western Community College website
The EMS (Emergency Medical Sciences) Education department at Creighton University offers a wide variety of degrees and certificate programs. Immunizations, health insurance, and background checks are required of all EMS students. Continuing education courses are available to certified paramedics and EMTs. Students who are earning credits for EMT certificate courses pay by the credit hour. Alternately, students may pay per program.
EMT - Basic Certificate
The EMT - Basic certificate program consists of 16 weeks of study in the classroom hours and hospital and ambulance clinical experiences; tuition cost for the non-credit program in 2018 is estimated to be at least $735.
The Paramedic program takes a year to complete and consists of 650 hours of lecture and classroom curriculum as well as practical skills training. The non-credit paramedic program costs a minimum of $8,425 in 2018.
Critical Care Paramedic Certificate
The Critical Care Paramedic program focuses on advanced medical care while transporting patients between locations and is available only to currently certified paramedics. The course is available on-site at the university or online; the tuition for either non-credit format in 2018 is $1,075.
Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services
Creighton University offers an associate's degree that requires the completion of 49 hours of coursework and takes three semesters to complete. Coursework focuses on the skills needed in medical emergencies and includes a clinical and field practicum each semester.
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services
There are three emphases students earning a bachelor's degree may choose from: pre-nursing, pre-med, and the clinical track. The program requires completion of 128 credit hours consisting of general education and liberal arts core classes, as well as the paramedic courses that include a clinical and field practicum.
Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services
The online master's degree offered by Creighton University in emergency medical services takes two years for students attending full-time to complete. Students outside of the Omaha metropolitan region will be assigned practicum opportunities at affiliated organizations in their geographical area. The program requires the completion of at least 36 credit hours.
Metropolitan Community College
Students attending MCC can choose between a certificate program and a degree program. Both require students to be CPR certified and pass background checks.
Paramedicine Certificate of Achievement
The paramedicine certificate offered by MCC prepares students for the certification exams that are required to serve as an EMT - Paramedic. The program requires the completion of a total of 85 credit hours: 13.5 credit hours in general education classes and 71.5 credit hours in major-related courses.
Associate in Applied Science in Professional Health Studies - Paramedicine
Graduates of the paramedicine certificate program may earn an associate's degree in professional health studies by completing an additional 19.5 credit hours in general education classes; the paramedic curriculum for both programs is identical. Coursework includes medication administration, trauma emergencies, and ambulance operations. The paramedic courses include three clinical classes, during which students practice skills in supervised medical settings, interacting with real patients.
Iowa Western Community College
Students interested in studying emergency medical services at Iowa Western Community College may register for the single-course emergency medical technician program. Those who are already certified as EMTs might be interested in the advanced course (AEMT).
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course
IWCC offers a training program to students desiring to become EMTs. In the traditional track, students complete 32 4-hour sessions with a 36-hour internship. A hybrid option is available, supplementing online classes in a 16-week program that includes 32 hours in an internship. A fast-tracked version of the program is also available for students able to attend traditional classes; the EMT coursework may be completed in five weeks for fast-track students.
Other School Option
Students looking for EMT classes near Omaha might also be interested in the paramedic program at Southeast Community College, located about 50 miles away in Lincoln, Nebraska.