Tulsa, Oklahoma, Schools for EMT Training
Three schools in the area surrounding Tulsa, Oklahoma, offer programs for aspiring EMTs. This article looks at those schools, all within 40 minutes of downtown Tulsa, and the emergency medical technician certificates and degrees they offer. There is also a table of information about each school that could be helpful to individuals who are considering which might be best for them. The table offers facts about school size, tuition and graduation rates.
- Less than six miles from downtown, Tulsa Community College (TCC) is the largest community college in Oklahoma. The school offers certificate and associate's degrees in multiple fields, including firefighter/EMT and healthcare specialist/paramedic.
- Students may also choose to study at the Tulsa Technology Center - Peoria campus (Tulsa Tech), the largest and oldest technology center in the state's Career Tech System. It provides free tuition for high school students and low-cost tuition options for adult students. This school, about five minutes from the city center, offers EMT-paramedic and EMT-basic certificate programs.
- Finally, Rogers State University (RSU), a small regional university that serves fewer than 4,000 students and focuses on the personal experience of each, offers an associate's degree in emergency medical services (EMS). Rogers State is about 24 miles from Tulsa's downtown area.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are considering which school to attend for the EMT training can utilize the following table to compare these three institutions in pertinent areas.
|Tulsa Community College||Tulsa Technology Center||Rogers State University|
|School Type||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year||Public, 4-year|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||16,897*||4,116*||3,728*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Fringe town|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,221 for in-state students, $8,237 for out-of-state students*||$3,980 for all students*||$6,870 for in-state students, $15,210 for out-of-state students*|
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||87%*||73%*||82%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - open admissions policy*||N/A - open admissions policy*||N/A - open admissions policy*|
|Retention Rate for Full-time Students (From Fall 2016 to Fall 2017)||61%*||78%*||62%*|
|Graduation Rate||15% (Students who began in 2014)*||69% (Students who began in 2014-15)*||17% (Students who began in 2011)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator
Tulsa Community College
The college's EMS and paramedic programs are offered at the Northeast Campus. TCC has five certificate and degree programs in emergency medical technician training.
Fire and Emergency Medical Services Certificate
This 17-hour, 3-course program covers such EMT topics as trauma emergencies, IV maintenance, pediatrics and shock care. Completion of this certificate program is needed before one can enroll in the Associate of Applied Science Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology program.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology
A few emergency medical services and EMT courses are found in this program. Students can study such topics as emergency services safety, laws that regulate emergency services and basic care techniques regarding airway management, patient assessment and trauma and shock emergencies.
Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic Certificate
With 44 credit hours, this certificate program addresses various aspects of paramedic theory and principles through lectures, labs and clinical practices in supervised settings. The coursework of this program is the same as that of the AAS in this area of study, without the general education requirements.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic
General paramedic principles and theory are the main focuses of this degree program. Coursework and labs cover pharmacology, cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies, clinical decision making and safety. Completion of supervised clinical studies is included.
Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
Students of this 18-credit hour must complete an anatomy course in addition to two courses/labs addressing treatment plan development; care of cardiovascular, respiratory and other types of medical emergencies; medication administration; epidemiology; and pathophysiology.
Tulsa Technology Center - Peoria
The EMT training programs offered by Tulsa Tech fall under the jurisdiction of the Health Science Department, which includes fields such as pharmacy technology, nursing and medical assisting.
Emergency Medical Technician
The Center provides two forms of study for this EMT training, one for high school students and one for adults. In the high school program, students take classes in medical terminology and anatomy. Both address emergency care practices and EMT basics and include a preceptorship.
Rogers State University
RSU offers an emergency medical services program to its students, resulting in the acquisition of an Associate of Applied Science degree upon completion. The EMS program takes two years to complete once the prerequisites (basic EMT and microcomputer applications) have been met.
Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Medical Services
The emergency medical services program offered by RSU prepares students to successfully complete the National Registry Exam and be certified at either the EMT-basic or paramedic level. Immunization records and background checks are required. The degree is designed to not only train students in EMT and paramedic skills, but also establish a broad educational framework should students wish to pursue baccalaureate or higher degrees in the future. The program incorporates hands-on training in the forms of internships and/or clinical experience in cooperation with medical institutions throughout the region.