Atlanta-Area Schools Offering Paramedic Programs
Students seeking paramedic training in Atlanta have one school available inside the city, and two that are about 25 minutes from the city center. This article examines all three and the paramedic programs they offer. It also includes a table of facts about the schools, such as school type, enrollment and tuition. At the end of the article is a little information about a couple of other area schools with relevant programs.
- Atlanta Technical College, just three miles from downtown, offers a diploma program that includes a state-approved curriculum.
- At Chattahoochee Technical College, students can earn a diploma and an associate's degree in paramedicine. This school is approximately 15 miles from Atlanta's downtown.
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College, about 10 miles from the city center, also offers diploma and associate's degree programs.
Comparison of Schools
Aspiring paramedic students need to investigate the schools they are considering for their training. This table presents important information about each institution in a way that invites comparison.
|Atlanta Technical College||Chattahoochee Technical College||Georgia Piedmont Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,098*||10,201*||4,115*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$2,816 in-state, $4,952 out-of-state*||$2,782 in-state, $4,918 out-of-state*||$2,920 in-state, $5,056 out-of-state*|
|Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||94%*||85%*||92%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A Open admission||N/A Open admission||N/A Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||58% full-time, 42% part-time*||53% full-time, 43% part-time*||68% full-time, 42% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Beginning 2014||44%*||26%*||40%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College primarily provides degree, diploma and certificate programs with a focus on workforce training. To participate in the paramedic diploma program, students must pass a background check and be a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at the basic or intermediate level.
Completing this program qualifies students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (NREMT-P) exam. The curriculum includes a field internship and classes in areas such as trauma care, pathophysiology and advanced resuscitative skills.
Chattahoochee Technical College
Students at Chattahoochee Technical College can find paramedic training programs through the school's collection of health sciences programs. The available programs are designed for students holding Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) certification who wish to advance their careers and earn paramedic certification.
This diploma program's curriculum is delivered through lecture, lab, clinical and field experience instruction. Studies cover resuscitative skills, cardiovascular concepts, medical terminology and Allied Health sciences. Successful completion of this program qualifies students to take the NREMT-P exam.
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine
The paramedic training degree program offered at Chattahoochee Technical College has many of the same entrance requirements and core courses as the diploma program. However, the degree program also includes 15 required credit hours of general education courses.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
To be accepted into these paramedic training programs, students must be 18 and have a high school diploma or GED. Both programs are designed to help students upgrade their skills from the EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate or AEMT levels. Prospective students should check with the admissions office for possible further admission criteria.
Paramedicine Technology Diploma
Studies cover advanced cardiovascular concepts, pathophysiology assessment, trauma management and pediatric emergency care. The 58-credit-hour program includes clinical experiences and a field internship.
Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine Technology
This degree program includes two more semesters than the diploma program does. Students must take general education courses in math, English and computers before completing the 67-credit-hour program. Core courses and clinicals remain the same as in the diploma program, as does the field internship requirement.
Other School Options
Within an hour's drive northeast of Atlanta, there are two schools offering emergency medical services programs. Gwinnett Technical College offers training programs for all levels of emergency medical technicians and is about 28 miles from downtown Atlanta. Lanier Technical College offers a diploma program in paramedicine and is 44 miles northeast of Atlanta.