Ohio EMT Certification Program Overviews

Jan 02, 2019

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) programs in Ohio, which currently has 42 colleges and universities offering these programs. Read overviews of the certificates and degrees and get some quick facts for two Ohio schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Schools in Ohio with EMT Programs

Individuals looking for EMT certification programs in Ohio can find training courses at several schools in the state. These programs are offered by community colleges and public universities and award certificates or 2-year degrees. Studies range from basic EMT and emergency medical services to more advanced paramedic programs. Graduates are prepared to pursue both national and state certification.

Two of these postsecondary institutions in Ohio are highlighted in this article. Find details, such as course topics and required number of credits, for each program. Learn facts about these schools in the table appearing at the end of this article.

  • Students at Columbus State Community College can choose to pursue certificates or associate's degrees in EMT studies. The campus is found directly in the downtown Columbus area.
  • University of Toledo is located approximately three miles west of the downtown Toledo area. The school offers EMT studies at the basic and paramedic levels.

Comparison of Schools

It is often a good idea to consider all factors about a school when considering an EMT certification program. Below are statistics and figures about each school's population, financial aid, tuition, graduation rates and retention rates.

Columbus State Community College University of Toledo
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 27,204 20,579
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $3,808 (in-state)
$8,430 (out-of-state)
$9,547 (in-state)
$18,885 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 74% 96%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions) 94%
Retention Rate (2017) 63% for full-time students, 46% for part-time students 74% for full-time students, 46% part-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate* 21% (2014) 41% (2011)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College, located in Columbus, Ohio, has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students. This school offers several degree and workforce development programs, including some that prepare students for emergency medical technician certification.

EMT-Basic Certificate

This EMT program prepares students to take the state and national certification exams and receive EMT-Basic certification. Students in this program learn to evaluate injuries, as well as to plan and administer emergency care. The class includes at least 24 hours of clinical experience in a hospital emergency room setting.

EMT - Paramedic Certificate

The EMT-Paramedic certificate program teaches students to perform invasive and noninvasive procedures, administer intravenous medicine and perform emergency, pre-hospital care. Additional topics covered include respiratory issues, cardiac emergencies, psychological emergencies and patient assessment. Upon completion, graduates are prepared to take the EMT-Paramedic certification exam.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Technology

The associate's degree in emergency medical services is designed to prepare graduates to work as first responders, in addition to working with patients in healthcare facilities and emergency situations. Students in this program complete general education courses, in addition to EMT-Paramedic courses. Topics covered include biology, disaster relief, legal issues and psychology. Students may also choose from a number of electives, such as search and rescue (wilderness), weapons of mass destruction emergency services, and EMS management.

University of Toledo

The University of Toledo in Toledo, OH, enrolls more than 20,000 students each year. It offers several emergency medical services programs at its medical center through the College of Health Sciences' Department of Public Health.

EMT-Basic Course

This EMT-Basic course includes the minimum prerequisites for those who want to work in emergency services. Courses teach students the fundamentals of emergency care and ambulance operations through a combination of lectures and clinical experience. Graduates are prepared for the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam.

EMT-Paramedic Program

The EMT Paramedic program covers advanced emergency service skills and includes instruction in IV therapy, defibrillation and medicine administration over three semesters. Students in this program also learn to respond to a number of different emergency situations.

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