Ohio EMT Classes with Course Descriptions

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) classes in Ohio, which currently has roughly 40 colleges and universities offering these programs. Read overviews of the certificate and degree programs and get some quick facts for two Ohio schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Ohio Colleges Providing EMT Classes

Many schools in Ohio offer EMT classes that prepare students for licensure as emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Many of these schools are 2-year community colleges and offer EMT classes as part of a certificate or associate's degree program. Two of these colleges and their EMT programs are detailed below. Check out the table provided that compares important facts about these two schools, then find out more information about the required number of credits and common course topics in the sections below.

  • Columbus State Community College offers EMT programs at the basic and advanced levels. The school is situated in downtown Columbus.
  • Cuyahoga Community College District is based about 13 miles southwest of downtown Cleveland. The college awards certificates and 2-year degrees for those seeking a career as an EMT.

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Comparison of Schools

When considering a program offering EMT classes, you may find it helpful to learn all aspects of a school before making your decision. Below are facts and figures regarding each school's population, tuition, graduation rates and more.

Columbus State Community College Cuyahoga Community College District
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 27,204 23,900
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $3,808 (in-state), $8,430 (out-of-state) $3,136 (in-district), $3,953 (in-state), $7,648 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 74% 78%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions policy) 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 63% 58%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began 2014)* 21% 15%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College enrolls about 27,000 students in certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs. All of the college's EMT programs include clinical instruction and prepare graduates for national EMT licensure.

EMT Certificate

This 7-credit program prepares graduates to assess, treat and transport victims of accidents or illness. Topics covered include automated external defibrillation and tracheal intubation. Students are also required to complete 24 hours of clinical experience.

Paramedic Certificate

The 30-credit paramedic certificate program builds on basic EMT knowledge and skills. The program combines classroom instruction with both hospital and field clinical experiences. Graduates are well-versed in the areas of responding to respiratory and airway problems, treating shock victims, and dealing with issues such as cardiopulmonary arrest, cardiac dysrhythmias and soft tissue injuries.

Emergency Medical Services Technology Associate's Degree

This associate's degree program includes all of the topics covered as part of the EMT and paramedic certificate programs. Students are also able to choose from electives such as search and rescue, weapons of mass destruction, 12-Lead EKG interpretation and EMS management. Graduates are prepared for licensure at the EMT and paramedic levels.

Cuyahoga Community College District

The Cuyahoga Community College District offers certificate and associate's degree programs in areas such as diagnostic medical sonography, health information management, fire technology, dental assisting, nursing and medical laboratory technology. The school also offers EMT programs preparing graduates for licensure in Ohio.

EMT Basic Certificate

Graduates of this 11-credit program are eligible to sit for the national EMT examination. The certificate program consists of a basic EMT course, a lab and an anatomy for paramedics course. It covers topics in patient assessment, human biology, medical terminology and patient transport.

Paramedic Certificate

Designed for EMTs seeking paramedic certification, this 33-credit program consists of a series of paramedic theory courses. Students learn about stress management, therapeutic communications, trauma assessment, airway management, spinal injuries, EKG interpretation, musculoskeletal injuries and advanced cardiac life support. The program prepares graduates to take the national paramedic examination.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology

This program is 65 credits in length and covers all of the classroom and clinical instruction offered as part of the basic EMT and paramedic certificate programs. General education and supporting coursework includes anatomy and physiology, psychology, English, defensive driving and life span development. Graduates are eligible for licensure at the EMT and paramedic levels.

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