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Massachusetts EMT Certification Programs with School Options

Jan 02, 2019

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) programs in Massachusetts, which currently has ten schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degrees and certificates and get some quick facts for two Massachusetts schools to decide which program is right for you.

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EMT Programs Offered at Schools in Massachusetts

Basic and intermediate EMT programs, as well as advanced paramedic programs, are offered through several 2-year colleges and 4-year colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Both certificate and associate's degree programs are available and graduates are typically prepared to pursue state certification.

Two Massachusetts postsecondary institutions and their EMT certification programs are discussed in this article. Get information about programs, including required coursework and clinical experiences.

  • Springfield College is located within the downtown Springfield area. It offers basic, intermediate, and paramedic level EMT training courses as well as a program in EMS management
  • Quinsigamond Community College provides EMT-Basic and paramedic programs awarding certificates and associate degrees. The college is situated about 50 miles west of downtown Boston.

Comparison of Schools

It is often beneficial to familiarize yourself with all aspects of a school before choosing a program. Read below to find helpful facts and statistics regarding each school's tuition, population, graduation rates, financial aid and more.

Springfield College Quinsigamond Community College
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 3,246 7,368
Campus Setting Midsize city Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $36,535 $5,538 (in-state)
$10,482 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 99% 75%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 70% 100% (open admissions)
Retention Rate (2017)* 87% for full-time students 52% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate* 74% (2011) 19% (2014)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Springfield College

Springfield College is a 4-year private institution serving more than 3,000 students. Springfield offers EMT training through its school of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Courses

Training for this certification is offered over two courses. Students begin with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique training and certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) before taking the EMT courses. They then move on to learning the basics of emergency medical services and techniques used by EMTs. These courses prepare students to take the Massachusetts' state exam to become certified in EMT-Basic.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services Management

This degree program combines an EMS training curriculum with classes focused on management tools in EMS systems. Successful completion of this program provides EMT certification at the paramedic level as well as the bachelor of science degree. A bachelor's degree is a great way for emergency medical services professionals to advance their careers.

Quinsigamond Community College

Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Quinsigamond Community College offers programs in paramedic technology and emergency medical services, including emergency medical technician (EMT) training. All of the college's EMT certificate programs are approved by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS).

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificate

This 1-course program includes the basic EMT training needed to become certified. This course is required to earn advanced certification from QCC. Students complete roughly 160 hours of lecture and lab work. This course is worth seven credits.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

The Emergency Medical Technician Certificate program consists of clinical and field experience at hospitals and with emergency medical service providers. Courses required for this certificate program include an EMT-Basic class in addition to courses in medical terminology, computer applications and biology, among others. Upon completion of the 23 required credits, students are eligible to sit for the state certification examination for EMTs.

EMT Paramedic Technician Certificate

Topics of study in the college's EMT Paramedic Technician Certificate program include neonatal emergencies, cardiology, life support, pre-hospital care and basic anatomy. Acceptance into the paramedic technician certificate program requires EMT-Basic certification. After successfully completing this program, students are prepared to take the Massachusetts' certification exam for paramedics.

Associate of Science in Paramedic Technology

The associate's degree program in paramedic technology requires entering students to hold EMT-Basic certification. Coursework and training for this 2-year program include life support, trauma, patient assessment and anatomy. Students also complete supervised fieldwork, clinical experiences and laboratory training. In addition to earning an associate's degree, students are also eligible to sit for the state certification exam for paramedics upon completion of the program's clinical components.

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