Paramedic Training in New York City with Certification Information

The New York City area has nine schools that offer paramedic training programs. Read an overview of courses, admission info and program requirements at three schools situated within 10 miles of downtown Manhattan to decide which program is right for you.

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New York City Paramedic Schools

Students interested in becoming certified paramedics or renewing their existing certifications have several school options within a 20-minute drive of New York City. This article will tell you more about the schools and the program specifics. The table gives you even more school details and offers an easy way to stack them up against each other. Finally, the concluding paragraph offers a few more school options.

  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, which is less than a mile from downtown Manhattan, offers an EMT-paramedic program at the associate degree level, in addition to a refresher course.
  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College, located in Queens and just over 5 miles from downtown Manhattan, offers a certificate and associate degree program as well as a refresher course in the field.
  • New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education offers a paramedic program and a refresher course. This school is located in Brooklyn and is just under 10 miles from downtown Manhattan.

Comparison of Schools

At a glance, this table can fill you in about tuition, acceptance, retention and graduation rates. Learn all of those statistics and other school facts to aid your decision.

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
Tuition & Fees $5,170 in-state
$8,050 out-of-state*
$5,218 in-state
$8,098 out-of-state*
$13,000 program cost)**
% of Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 83% 77% 63%
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 63% for full-time students, 45% for part-time students 64% for full-time students, 30% for part-time students 93% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Began 2014)* 20% (20% transfer-out rate) 23% (14% transfer-out rate) 75%

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

CUNY (City of University of New York) Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is an international school that enrolls around 26,000 students in degree and continuing education programs. The Allied Health Sciences Department, one of more than a dozen academic departments at BMCC, offers a paramedic associate degree program. A paramedic challenge refresher course is also offered through the school's Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Associate in Applied Science -- Paramedic

This program includes general education courses, along with courses in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and emergency medical care. In addition, students take four sequential paramedic courses, each one covering the assessment and treatment of various ailments, such as cardiovascular and respiratory issues, sudden injury or illness, heart ailments, and injuries to the head, neck and spine. Clinical education and internships in hospital emergency rooms are also part of the program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the New York City Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) certification examination and take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam for paramedics. Graduates may also receive certification in basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Applicants must be currently licensed for New York State EMT/Ambulance and must show proof of physical examinations.

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Located in Long Island City, Queens, LaGuardia Community College offers vocational training through various continuing education programs and classes. Students can earn certificates and, in some cases, associate degrees. Applicants for the EMT-Paramedic certificate or associate degree program must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. They must have current NYS EMT-Basic certification and at least six months or 200 hours of clinical experience working in an ambulance. Prospective students must also take entrance exams and interview with the program director or faculty. A refresher course is offered as well.

EMT-Paramedic Certificate

The Division of Adult and Continuing Education offers this 1-year certificate program, which includes 800 hours of classroom instruction and 600 hours of clinical and field rotations. Completion of the program can lead to gaining New York State and New York City paramedic certification. Graduates of this program may apply their 36 paramedic credits to the associate degree program. An additional 24 credits would then be needed to obtain the degree.

Associate in Applied Science -- Paramedic

The Health Sciences Department offers this associate degree program, which includes liberal arts courses and an EMT-Basic class during the first year. The paramedic curriculum consists of classroom work, lab studies and clinical rotations. Degree applicants must have completed anatomy, physiology and basic skills courses and must have active student status or program director approval. Graduates are eligible to become registered EMT-paramedics in the state of New York and New York City.

New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education

Paramedic Program

This 12-month program includes 588 didactic hours and 596 hours of clinical rotations. Students study anatomy and physiology, patient assessment, pediatrics, OB/GYN, medical emergencies, trauma, pharmacology and other topics. The EMS Institute is an approved training site, so graduates can take the NREMT paramedic practical exam. Students also obtain BLS, ACLS, PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and PHTLS (Prehospital Trauma Life Support) credentials. To be eligible for this program, applicants must have high school diplomas and New York State EMT certification.

Paramedic Refresher Program

The paramedic refresher program is aimed at individuals with current or expired NYS paramedic certifications. Running two evenings a week, the program takes approximately 3-4 months to complete. Extensive hands-on training helps students brush up on practical skills.

Other Schools

Students can also find paramedic programs at SUNY Westchester Community College, located approximately 30 miles from downtown Manhattan, and Rockland Community College, which also is close to 30 miles away.

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