Pittsburgh-Area Schools with EMT Training Courses
Students who are looking for EMT classes in Pittsburgh will find one school about nine miles from downtown and another about 19 miles away. This article looks at both schools and the EMT training programs they offer. These programs meet state and national certification standards. There is also a table of pertinent information about each school, such as enrollment, costs and school type.
- Located about nine miles from downtown Pittsburgh, the Community College of Allegheny County offers basic EMT and advanced AEMT training programs. The school also has a program for EMS emergency medical responders and refresher courses for EMS personnel who are fulfilling certification maintenance requirements.
- At Westmoreland County Community College, about 19 miles from the Pittsburgh city center in Youngwood, students can pursue basic EMT training.
Comparison of Schools
Aspiring EMT students need to investigate the schools they are considering. The following table presents information they should know in a format that makes it easy to compare the schools.
|Community College of Allegheny County||Westmoreland County Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||16,147*||5,084*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Rural|
|Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)||$550 in-state, $575 out-of-state (program-specific cost)**||$710 (program-specific cost)**|
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||64%*||80%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open enrollment*||N/A - Open enrollment*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||59% full-time, 42% part-time*||58% full-time, 38% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Beginning Studies in 2014||14%*||16%*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator; **Westmoreland County Community College
Community College of Allegheny County
Before participating in the program, students must submit the results of a physical and blood screenings, a criminal background check, a child abuse history clearance and immunization records. Students also need to be at least 16 years old at the beginning of the program and meet both physical and academic standards.
Emergency medical services programs at this community college are offered through the Public Safety Institute of the Center for Professional Development. The program consists of one class that's taught through lab practice, classroom lectures and clinical rotations in hospitals or other approved facilities. Some of the subjects covered include patient assessment skills, emergency pharmacology and ways to care for pre-hospital patients suffering from airway distress, cardiac arrest or trauma. Students also complete a concurrent, online FEMA class. The program prepares students to take the Pennsylvania Department of Health EMT exam.
Westmoreland County Community College
The class contains a patient contact component; before students can participate in this section, they must pass criminal background and child abuse checks, show immunization records and pass a drug screening and an FBI fingerprint check. Course requirements include obtaining HAZMAT, CPR and other certifications that aren't included in the course.
Emergency Medical Technician Course
Successful completion of this course will qualify students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification exam. In this course, students learn professional EMT skills, such as airway management for apneic patients, shock management, fracture immobilization and assessment methods for trauma and medical patients. Classes take place several times a week in the evenings and on occasional Saturdays.