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Washington State offers emergency medical technician (EMT) training at the EMT-Basic and paramedic levels. In addition to certificate programs, prospective paramedics can find training through associate's and bachelor's degree programs. EMT programs compound: you must complete basic training before advancing to higher-level training programs. All EMT programs include an element of practicum training, such as fieldwork experiences or internships.
Find more detailed profiles below of each of the schools in Washington to offer EMT programs, as well as find a comparative table that includes the schools' program options and tuition costs.
Central Washington University
Central Washington University is located in Ellensburg and offers a paramedic certificate and paramedicine bachelor's degree program. Both programs combine didactic coursework with hands-on training. Students who have already earned an associate's degree in the field can enroll in the B.S. in Paramedicine program with advanced standing. CWU's paramedicine program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Located in Vancouver, Clark College offers a Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) that requires 14-19 credits to complete. The curriculum covers topics such as first aid and CPR, anatomy and physiology, human biology and AIDS education. This program also includes a 10-credit EMT Basic course held at the Northwest Regional Training Center. To be eligible to take this course, students must meet several requirements, including being immunized for tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and measles, mumps and rubella. Students must also pass a criminal background check and have a current CPR card from the American Heart Association or take a CPR class.
Columbia Basin College
Located in Pasco, Columbia Basin College offers students the chance to pursue a paramedic certificate or an associate degree in paramedicine. Students enrolled in the 1-year paramedic certificate must complete 65-67 credits worth of courses and lab work. The 105-107-credit paramedicine associate's degree program features the same courses and lab work as the paramedic certificate; however, students are also required to complete general education requirements and support courses in medical terminology, human resources and stress management. CoAEMSP has accredited Columbia Basin's paramedic programs.
Everett Community College
Everett Community College in Everett offers a 13-credit emergency medical technician certificate. Students who complete the program can take the Washington State EMT-B exam as well as the NREMT exam. Course content covers such emergency care topics as soft tissue injuries, lifting injured patients, HIV/AIDS education, caring for those who are in shock or bleeding, and emergency childbirth. Students are required to attend every class in the program.
North Seattle Community College
Situated in Seattle, this school offers a 12-credit EMT certificate program. The program can be completed in one quarter and features 193 hours of coursework and labs; this is 40 more hours than required by the state. Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible for NREMT certification exam to work in-state or out-of-state. This program is approved by the Washington State Emergency Medical Services and NREMT.
Skagit Valley College
As part of its Fire Protection Technology program, Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon offers a 10-credit single-course micro certificate that focuses on the specific skills needed to be an emergency medical technician. The department also offers a course that focuses on the knowledge and improvising skills needed to provide emergency medical assistance in the wilderness. Students can use this course as preparation for certification as Wilderness EMTs.
Spokane Community College
Located in Spokane, this school has an intensive 12 week program that results in an EMT-Basic certification. The program combines skills labs, clinical courses, and traditional classroom work and provides students with experience in patient assessment, cardiology, general medicine, life span medicine and paramedic operations. After completing the course, students are eligible to take both the National and the Washington State EMT-B exam.
Tacoma Community College
Based in Tacoma, this community college offers two levels of EMT education. Students have the option of earning an 8-credit EMT-Basic certificate, which is necessary for further education in paramedicine. Students interested in paramedicine also have a certificate option available. Students have the option to enroll in just the paramedic education certificate program or to continue their studies to earn an associate degree in emergency medical and health services. TCC's program in paramedicine is accredited by CAHEEP, based on CoAEMSP recommendation.
The state requires that EMTs at both the basic and paramedic levels obtain certification through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). All of the programs described above qualify students to sit for the NREMT exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Central Washington University||University, public; distant town|| Paramedic Certificate,
Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine
| $8,688 in-state,
|Clark College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsize city||Certificate of Completion in EMT-Basic||$3,456 in-state,
|Columbia Basin College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsize suburb|| Paramedic One-Year Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine
| $4,194 in-state,
|Everett Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Emergency Medical Technician Certificate|| $3,643 in-state,
|North Seattle Community College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city||EMT Certificate|| $4,458 in-state,
|Skagit Valley College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city||Basic Emergency Medical Technician Micro Certificate|| $4,200 in-state,
|Spokane Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Certificate in EMT- Basic|| $3,388 in-state,
|Tacoma Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| EMT-Basic Certificate,
Paramedic Education Certificate,
Associate in Applied Sciences in Emergency Medical and Health Services
| $4,194 in-state,
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.