Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) provide emergency medical attention to patients who are injured in accidents, are victims of strokes or heart attacks, or otherwise require immediate medical attention. In South Carolina, students may earn certificates or associate's degrees as EMTs or paramedics. Paramedics are EMTs with the highest level of training. All EMT and paramedic programs include classroom instruction, lab training, and clinical experiences or other practicum requirements.
Central Carolina Technical College
Central Carolina Technical College is in the city of Sumter. Almost than 4,000 students enroll in the school's associate's degree and certificate programs annually. The school offers an eight-credit hour EMT certificate program. Students can expect to complete the EMT program in one semester. It consists of two courses in emergency medical care with both class work and lab work. Some of the topics covered include patient assessment, oxygen administration, splinting, and bandaging.
Greenville Technical College
Located in Greenville, this school has over 130 academic programs. The school opened in 1962 and enrolls more than 12,500 students a year. The Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology degree program is a part of the Health Sciences and Nursing division. It is a 2.5-year program that prepares students to gain employment in emergency medical services. In the first semester, students learn the fundamentals of emergency medical care as well as take courses in anatomy and English. During the second semester, students continue their emergency medical training and take general psychology classes. The third, fourth, and fifth semesters train students in advanced medical care along with more complex practices. During these semesters, students also begin paramedic internships and clinical training. Students will complete a total of 71 credits.
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway accommodates nearly 7,500 students each year. Students who are already certified as EMT-Basic professionals can enroll in the school's EMT-Paramedic certificate program. The three-semester program is designed to prepare students to sit for the NREMT Paramedic exam. Students will complete 37 hours of coursework, which includes three internships. EMT classes cover topics like advanced cardiac life support, pharmacology, and electrocardiography.
This school also offers an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology that qualifies students to take the NREMT Basic and Paramedic exams. It includes EMT training and general education courses, equaling a total of 70 credit hours. Students who complete the first two semesters of the program can qualify for an EMT-Basic certificate.
Midlands Technical College
West Columbia's Midlands Technical College serves over 11,000 students a year. The school offers a certificate program for aspiring EMTs. Students will complete 31 semester hours of coursework. Applicants to the EMT program will need to be certified as EMT-Basics and CPR certified and pass a drug screen in order to be accepted into the program. The program includes clinical training and internships.
Spartanburg Community College
Located in the city of Spartanburg, this community college has a student population of over 5,000 undergraduates. The school offers a one-semester EMT certificate program. The program requires courses in health professions, medical terminology, medical vocabulary, and anatomy. Students will also take basic and advanced classes in emergency medical care. In total, students will complete 16 credit hours.
This school also offers a paramedic certificate program and an associate's degree in general technology with a focus on emergency medical services. All coursework required for the paramedic certificate program is also required in the associate's degree program. The associate's degree program also requires EMT-Basic training courses and general education courses.
Trident Technical College
Trident Technical College in Charleston has over 16,000 students. The school provides an emergency medical technology certificate program that requires a Health Sciences application to qualify. Students will learn CPR and study trauma, pediatrics, and operations. The 200-hour program is designed to be completed in six months. This school also offers an advanced EMT certificate, an EMT - paramedic certificate and a paramedic associate's degree. Students interested in the associate's degree should contact the school directly for details.
Emergency medical technicians must be state licensed, and South Carolina requires applicants to have current certification from the National Registry as well as a Basic Life Support/CPR credential. A background check must be cleared, too.
Profiled below are six public South Carolina schools offering EMT training programs that prepare them to sit for the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Central Carolina Technical College||Two-year, public; small city||Emergency Medical Technician Certificate|| $5,166 in-district
|Greenville Technical College||Two-year, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology|| $4,566 in-district
|Horry-Georgetown Technical College||Two-year, public; small city|| Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology
| $4,252 in-district
|Midlands Technical College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Emergency Medical Technology|| $4,530 in-district
|Spartanburg Community College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb|| Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in General Technology - Emergency Medical Services
| $4,662 in-district
|Trident Technical College||Two-year, public; small city|| Emergency Medical Technology Certificate,
EMT-Paramedic Associate Degree
| $4,551 in-district
Source: *NCES College Navigator.