Long Beach-Area EMT
Students who live near Long Beach, California, can receive EMT training at several local colleges. This article looks at three that are within 45 minutes of the city center and the programs they offer. There is also a table of facts about these schools, such as enrollment, costs and the graduation rate. Following this is a list of a couple of other area schools with relevant programs.
- El Camino College provides emergency medical technician training through its certificate and associate degree programs in fire and emergency technology. This school is nearly six miles from downtown.
- About 38 miles from downtown, Saddleback College offers an emergency medical technician training program.
- At Mt. San Antonio College, nearly 27 miles from downtown, students can enroll in a basic or paramedic EMT program, as well as an associate degree program in emergency medical services.
Comparison of Schools
There are many aspects of a school that a prospective student should consider. The following table presents some important information in a way that makes comparison easy.
|El Camino College||Saddleback College||Mt. San Antonio College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||24,349*||19,783*||29,960*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$1,142 (in-state); $5,846 (out-of-state)*||$1,328 (in-state); $10,568 (out-of-state)*||$1,349 (in-state); $8,741 (out-of-state)*|
|% of Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (full-time beginning undergraduate students for 2016-2017)||64%*||40%*||70%*|
|Acceptance Rate||Open admissions||Open admissions||Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (for full-time students in 2016-2017)||78%*||77%*||79%*|
|Graduation Rate (students who began in Fall 2014)||32%*||38%*||32%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
El Camino College
El Camino College is in Torrance, CA and was established in 1947. It offers more than 850 programs with an academic or career focus.
Certificate of Achievement in Fire and Emergency Technology
This 25-unit certificate program consists of classes that cover both EMT and fire safety topics. Students receive emergency medical technician training and take an emergency medical technology laboratory class. Students also study subjects such as fire protection technology, fire protection equipment, and fire behavior.
Associate in Science (A.S.) in Fire and Emergency Technology
This Associate in Science degree program requires students to complete general education units as well as coursework focused on fire and emergency technology. Students must take many of the same classes found in the certificate program but also must choose from advanced electives in subjects like fire company management, fire protection engineering, and fire service hydraulics. In order to complete the program, students need a grade point average of at least a 2.00.
Saddleback College has been open to students since 1968 and offers over 300 degree, certificate and occupational skills awards in nearly 200 program areas. The college offers a 2-course EMT program.
Emergency Medical Technology Program
Students in this program have the opportunity to learn pre-hospital care techniques and processes in classroom lectures as well as four 8-hour clinical experiences which includes two ambulance ride-alongs and two shifts in a hospital ER. Graduates are eligible to take national certification exams.
Mt. San Antonio College
Mt. San Antonio College offers over 240 certificate and degree programs as well as training for certification as an emergency medical technician.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
This program teaches students the skills needed to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians exam to become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. In order to enroll, students must have clearance to work in hospitals and the field, be at least 18 years old, and have a record without criminal convictions. The program consists of a total of 8.5 units.
Students who enroll in this program learn the skills necessary to work for the fire service or on ambulances. Topics covered in the course include anatomy and physiology, emergency cardiac care, as well as EMS theory and pharmacology. Individuals in the program also complete a clinical internship and a field externship.
Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services
In order to earn an associate's degree in emergency medical services, students need to complete requirements in general education and the curriculum for the emergency medical technician - paramedic certificate. Courses include subjects such as paramedic skills and EMS theory. The associate's degree is recommended for those aspiring to work in the higher ranks in the fire service.
Other School Options
Emergency medical technician training courses are also available at Citrus College, located 32.5 miles from downtown Long Beach.