New York City Paramedic Schools
Students seeking paramedic training in New York City's five boroughs have several options. This article looks at three schools and their respective paramedic programs. There is also a table of information about the schools, such as total enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate. Some information about another New York City school with paramedic programs is at the end of the article.
- Students who want to complete an associate's degree program can find one at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, which is in New York City.
- In Long Island City, Queens, CUNY LaGuardia Community College offers a certificate and associate's degree program for prospective paramedics.
- The New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education provides a paramedic certification program. This school is located in Brooklyn, NY.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding on a school need to consider many factors. The following table of information about each school can help aspiring paramedic students select their best option for training.
|CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College||CUNY LaGuardia Community College||New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||26,932*||19,373*||393*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$5,170 (in-state), $8,050 (out-of-state)*||$5,218 (in-state), $8,098 (out-of-state)*||$21,591*|
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Any Type of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||83%*||77%*||63%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||65% full-time*||64% full-time*||93% full-time*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in Fall 2014||20%*||23%*||75%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
Prospective students must have a current New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification to enroll in this program that may be completed through a 2- or 3-year plan.
Associate in Applied Science - Paramedic
Successful completion of the program qualifies students to take the New York City Medical Advisory Committee Certification exam and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (NREMT-P) exam. Paramedic courses are delivered in classroom, clinical and field experience formats. Courses include topics in anatomy and physiology, biology and organic chemistry. The program also allows licensed New York paramedics to earn this degree by completing a series of general education courses. Students are required to complete every course in this program with a grade of at least C or repeat all of the classes.
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
To be accepted into the certificate program, students must have a high school diploma or GED, current New York EMT certification and a minimum of 6 months or 200 hours of EMT experience. Prospective students also need to pass an entrance exam that covers math and reading skills as well as EMT-Basic knowledge. Students who complete the certificate program may choose to apply the credits towards the paramedic associate's degree, which requires general education courses.
The curriculum includes labs, clinical experiences and field experiences in subjects such as abuse and domestic violence, dosage calculations, advanced airway management, pediatrics, hazardous materials and crime scene operations. This is a 1-year program of study that is presented by the school, but doesn't qualify students for financial aid or CUNY tuition rates.
Associate of Applied Science - Paramedic
This two-year, two-phase program offers both academic and clinical training. The clinical phase consists of on-campus lab work and experiences at healthcare facilities. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is needed to be eligible to file for candidacy to complete the clinical portion of this program.
New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education
Admission to this program requires students to have current New York EMT certification with four months' experience and a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must also pass an entrance exam.
Through this program, certification can be earned in one year. The training covers studies in patient assessment, trauma, pediatrics and medical emergency procedures. The program also includes clinical rotations in areas that include labor and delivery, psychiatry and the morgue. Field internships are an integral part of this program.
Other School Option
At Westchester Community College, students can earn an Associate in Applied Science - Paramedic or a certificate. Westchester Community College is about 26 miles from NYC in Valhalla, NY.