EMT Training in Philadelphia with Class Descriptions

The Philadelphia area has three schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Learn about the courses, admission info and program requirements for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Philadelphia-Area Schools with EMT Training Programs

Students looking for basic EMT training in Philadelphia will find a program at a school within the city limits and another located about a half an hour away. This article looks at these two schools and their EMT training courses, both of which meet state and national certification requirements, and call for classes and hands-on training. There is also a table of facts about each school, such as school type, enrollment and the campus setting. This information can help individuals who are deciding which school is their best option.

  • Drexel University, located in downtown Philadelphia, offers an Emergency Medical Services training program that allows students to complete some coursework online.
  • At Delaware County Community College, students may pursue a paramedic certificate or a 2-year degree. The school is located in Media, about 13 miles from Philadelphia.

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Comparison of Schools

Individuals looking for a training program need information about several aspects of each school. The following table may help aspiring EMT students by presenting this data in a format that invites comparison.

Drexel University Delaware County Community College
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 24,190* 11,030*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $52,002* $5,291 in-district; $9,075 in-state, $12,830 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 99%* 66%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 79%* N/A Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 89% full-time; 67% part-time* 58% full-time, 39% part-time*
Graduation Rate 71% (for students beginning in Fall 2011)* 17% (for students beginning in Fall 2014)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.

Drexel University

Offered by the school's College of Medicine, this training program provides the study of basic and advanced topics for aspiring EMTs. Applicants must be 18 years of age and pass a criminal background check.

Emergency Medical Technician Training Program

Taught by EMS professionals, this program covers airway management, patient assessment, EMS operations, shock and pharmacology. Students learn how to respond to traumatic and medical emergencies. Advanced Life Support techniques are also addressed. The program's course lectures and ten hours of clinical requirements are completed at the emergency department of Hahnemann University Hospital.

Delaware County Community College

Students entering this program must hold current CPR and EMT certification, pass a background check and obtain child abuse clearance.

Certificate of Proficiency - Paramedic

This 40-credit program focuses on trauma assessment and patient care. Courses are also taken in cardiology, EMS operations and special populations. After completing coursework and labs, students must participate in a summative capstone course. A 2-part clinical internship is also part of the curriculum.

Associate in Applied Science - Paramedic, Advanced Life Support

The same EMS studies addressed in the certificate program are covered in this 2-year program. Students also take classes in anatomy and physiology, communications, composition and nursing mathematics as well as a basic EMT course. The program consists of 70-71 credits.


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