Where Can I Find Information About EMT Classes in the Bronx?

Jan 02, 2019

The New York City borough of the Bronx has a couple of colleges and a hospital within roughly ten miles that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) programs. Learn about degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Non-School Options in the Bronx

No schools in the Bronx offer emergency medical technician (EMT) classes, but you can find authorized, non-college EMT training providers within the borough. These include the Institute for Emergency Care at Montefiore Medical Center, Code One Inc. and Modern Health Resources Inc. More information is available from the New York State Department of Health.

Bronx Schools with EMT Classes

In the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, there are two community colleges that are part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system that offer programs for EMTs. Training can also be found at a Brooklyn hospital. The following resource includes summaries of the programs available at the three featured schools. Students will also find a table in this article with some key institutional statistics and a section about two other community colleges in the area that provide training in emergency medical technology.

  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, located a little over 16 miles from the Bronx, offers a paramedic degree program.
  • Located almost 10.5 miles from the Bronx, CUNY LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City offers EMT basic and paramedic training which can lead to a certificate or a degree.
  • The New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education in Brooklyn, located almost 25.5 miles from the Bronx, offers non-degree programs for new and previously trained EMTs.

Comparison of Schools

This table has been designed to prepare aspiring EMTs with an easy way to compare program costs and admittance rates. While both community colleges have large student populations, New York Methodist Hospital enrolled less than 400 students in the 2017-2018 school year.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY LaGuardia Community College New York Methodist Hospital
School Type Public, 2-year Public, 2-year Private, not-for-profit, 2-year
Total Enrollment (2017)* 26,932 19,373 393
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $5,170 in-state
$8,050 out-of-state
$5,218 in-state
$8,098 out-of-state
% of Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 83% 77% 63%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* Open admissions policy Open admissions policy Open Admissions Policy
Retention Rate (2017)* 63% 64% 93%
Graduation Rate (Students who began 2014)* 20% 23% 75%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

Borough of Manhattan Community College opened in 1964. Due to its location in downtown Manhattan, near Wall Street and other New York institutions, the college originally focused on business programs. It's the only community college in Manhattan, and the campus encompasses four city blocks. It offers nearly 30 degree programs as well as several certificate programs. Its EMT programs are offered through the Allied Health Sciences Department.

Paramedic Associate in Applied Science

The paramedic program at Borough of Manhattan Community College prepares students to sit for several certification exams, including the National Registry of EMTs paramedic certification exam, the New York City Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) certification exam, Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification. The program includes coursework in anatomy, chemistry fundamentals, and emergency medical care/paramedic, as well as a paramedic internship.

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Founded in 1971, LaGuardia is part of the City University of New York system. It offers more than 50 associate degree programs and several certificate programs, with many classes being taught by faculty members who hold doctoral degrees. The college is located in Long Island City, near Queens, and has transfer agreements with over 70 schools to assist students in continuing their education beyond LaGuardia. Its EMT training is offered through the Department of Health, Math, and Science.

EMT-Basic Certificate

This 2- to 4-month program covers anatomy, medical terminology, CPR, emergency care techniques, and defibrillation. Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the New York State Department of Health Certification Exam for EMT-Basic. This is a required step in the process to earning EMT-Paramedic certification and is a prerequisite to taking the paramedic program.

EMT-Paramedic Certificate

This 1-year program prepares students to take the EMT-Paramedic exam. The EMT-Basic program must be taken before students can advance to paramedics courses. The paramedics phase of the program is divided into four parts, with each part offering educational experiences through lectures, lab work, and required clinical rotations in local healthcare facilities.

EMT-Paramedic Associate of Applied Science

This 2-year degree program requires students to take both the EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic courses as outlined above, as well as general education courses. Topics covered in this program include stress management, introductory clinical pre-hospital pharmacology, advanced airway management techniques, and IV access techniques. Students also learn about intubation, preparation of medication, and safe management of emergency scenes. Each level must be completed satisfactorily before students can move on to the next training topic.

New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education

New York Methodist Hospital, located in Brooklyn, offers two emergency medical services programs through its Center for Allied Health Education, which has partnerships with several local colleges, including Clarion University of Pennsylvania, St. Francis College of Brooklyn, and St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn. This partnership means coursework done for New York Methodist's paramedics programs is counted as college credit toward an associate or bachelor's degree at the partner schools.

EMT Program

This program is meant for students who have not yet had training in emergency medical services. It includes both classroom work and 250+ hours of clinical experience; students must perform satisfactorily in both to complete the program. Upon completion, students will be prepared to sit for exams administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Other School Options

Other New York colleges near the Bronx that offer EMT courses include Westchester Community College and Rockland Community College. Both have program options for students interested in paramedic and basic EMT training.

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