Online EMT Course: Overview of Programs and Schools

Research online EMT courses and programs. Find out what you can learn in these courses and what you'll need in order to participate in online learning to determine if it's right for you.

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Essential Information

Not many EMT training programs are available entirely online because this is a very hands-on field. However, there are a few schools that offer EMT programs in a hybrid format. Additionally, some schools offer continuing education classes online for currently licensed EMTs.

Basic, intermediate, and paramedic degree levels are all available. One- to two-year associate degree programs that include each of these three levels are also available and may include general education coursework, unlike certificate programs. On-site clinical experiences and practice sessions are also required.

Passing a criminal background check and some EMT experience is required for some programs. EMT licensure is required for online continuing education courses.

University of Utah

University of Utah offers online continuing education opportunities for licensed EMTs. This university boasts that its online course offers elements that many face-to-face EMT classes today do not have, such as video and audio, pictures and PowerPoint presentations. While many students enrolled in this course are at an off-campus location, some in-person practical experiences may be required as well.

Course Topics

  • Poisons
  • Allergies
  • Ambulance operations
  • Behavioral emergencies
  • Bleeding
  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • Hypoperfusion (shock)

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College of the Mainland

College of the Mainland (COM), located in Texas, has a basic emergency medical technician program that is offered mostly on campus, but some of the courses include web-enhanced materials available via Blackboard. Like most EMT-Basic programs, on-site clinical experiences are required in ambulances and school lab facilities. College of the Mainland also offers EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic certificate programs, as well as an associate's degree in emergency medical services. Additionally, this school offers an online EMS instructor course.

Jefferson University Hospitals

Located in Pennsylvania, Jefferson University Hospitals offers an emergency medical technician hybrid program, which trains students to provide basic emergency care. While a majority of the program is conducted online, students are required by the state's health department to attend clinical practice sessions throughout the duration of the online EMT program.

Though nearly all EMT and paramedic programs require extensive in-person training, some schools offer basic, intermediate, and paramedic degree programs in a hybrid format. Continuing education courses for licensed EMTs and paramedics are also offered online.

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