Seattle EMT Schools
Those interested in becoming emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the state of Washington can find multiple schools offering the necessary training in the Seattle area. This article covers the coursework and program formats at three colleges in particular. It also provides a table of statistics and facts about the profiled schools.
- North Seattle College is about four miles from the downtown area of Seattle and offers an emergency medical technician certificate program.
- Situated roughly 27 miles from central Seattle, Everett Community College has an EMT training program that prepares students for entry-level positions in the field.
- Students can complete EMT certificate, paramedic certificate or paramedic associate's degree programs at Tacoma Community College. The campus is around 28 miles from downtown Seattle.
Comparison of Schools
After reviewing the EMT training programs, learn more about the featured colleges themselves through this table. It contains stats on student retention, tuition, financial aid and much more.
|North Seattle College||Everett Community College||Tacoma Community College|
|School Type||4-year; public||2-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||6,259*||7,740*||6,496*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$4,302*||$3,715 for in-state; $9,068 for out-of-state*||$4,146 for in-state; $9,564 for out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||57%*||46%*||44%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (students who began in 2016 and returned in 2017)||N/A*||68% for full-time*||N/A*|
|Graduation Rate||26% (for students who began Fall 2011)*||35% (for students who began Fall 2014)*||25% (for students who began Fall 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
North Seattle College
This EMT program is offered through the college's workforce instruction division. Students are required to meet a variety of prerequisites, including passing an advanced first aid entrance exam and having valid CPR certification.
The 12-credit EMT course consists of 193 hours of practice, labs and lectures. The training is typically offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as on Saturdays. It is important to note that this competitive program is designed to prepare graduates for the National Registry Exam, which is required for certification as an EMT in Washington and in other states.
Everett Community College
Everett Community College's 13-credit EMT program is offered through the public safety department.
This one-quarter course is offered as an elective in the public safety program or can be taken when pursuing a direct transfer or fire science associate's degree. Students learn about trauma care, medication administration, lifting/moving patients, emergency childbirth and more through lectures and hands-on experiences. This course will prepare students to take national certification exams.
Tacoma Community College
All EMT and paramedic programs at this college are offered through emergency medical and health services. Students who are interested in the paramedic education programs must first complete the EMT basic certificate program.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate
This 10-credit basic program is intended as an entry-level class for emergency medical technicians. Students will complete 121 hours of practical and lecture coursework. Course topics include transportation for ill or injured victims and basic life support.
Paramedic Education Certificate
To graduate from this program, students have to take 57 credit hours. Medical terminology and human biology are among the two prerequisite courses for this program. From there, students take classes in total fitness, emergency medical care and paramedic. There is also a clinical aspect to the paramedic courses.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical and Health Services
All the major requirements related to paramedic education that are in the certificate program are also in this 107-credit associate degree program. However, the difference between the programs is that students can acquire a general education. This includes taking classes in math, English, psychology, sociology, business, Microsoft Excel and Word.