Only five out of the 82 non-for-profit schools in Indiana offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training classes. These schools also offer additional programs for other types of emergency medical service providers, including emergency medical responders (EMRs), EMT instructor coursework, and paramedic training. Below is information on three schools that offer EMT training at the basic level, most of which can be completed within one year.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, located in Indianapolis, has a basic EMT program which consists of a single EMT training class. The course is 6 credits in length and it is offered every Fall and Spring. To enter into the program, students have to possess a Health Care Provider CPR certification. Typically, only 38 students are allowed into this course each semester. Once students have the basic EMT licensing, they may then enroll in the Associate of Science in Paramedic Science degree program to pursue licensing as a paramedic. Students in this program take classes on cardiology, trauma, medical matters, pharmacology and teamwork.
Ivy Tech Community College
Found in Indianapolis, the Ivy Tech Community College offers EMT training classes as part of a certificate program for basic emergency medical studies. This is a 16.5 credit hour program. The classes in this program's coursework are professional and technical in nature. Students who want to pursue a higher level of EMT licensing can enroll in the school's Associate of Applied in Science in Paramedic Science degree program. To complete this program, a minimum of 66.5 credit hours have to be earned. The EMT training programs here can be taken at 11 different campuses associated with the Ivy Tech Community College.
In Vincennes at Vincennes University, students have two program options in the EMT field: an Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services degree program or the Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic program. To qualify for the certificate program, students must have a current EMT- Basic or EMT-Advanced certificate and have one year of experience in the field. Both programs qualify students to take the licensing examination to become paramedics after graduation.
Indiana has different licensing requirements for each type of emergency medical service provider. Professionals can pursue licensing to become EMRs, EMTs, advanced EMTs, or paramedics. Emergency medical service provider instructors may also need to meet additional licensing requirements. To become licensed, professionals typically must meet the training requirements for each field of specialty and pass corresponding state-approved examinations.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Training Classes and Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis||4-year, public; large city|| EMT-Basic Program,
Associate of Science in Paramedic Science
| $9,056 (in-state)*
|Ivy Tech Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Basic Emergency Medical Studies Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Science
| $4,115 (in-state)*
|Vincennes University||4-year, primarily associate's, public; remote town|| Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic,
Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services
| $5,375 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.