You are here

EMT Programs

What is an EMT / Paramedic Program?

An EMT/Paramedic program will train the student in assisting sick or injured patients in an emergency medical situation. There is a difference between an EMT and a paramedic. The EMT title goes to those who receive basic training while the paramedic is an EMT with advanced training and certification. The EMT studies a variety of emergency medical procedures such as taking vital signs, administering oxygen, treating acute medical problems, and stabilizing head and neck injuries. The paramedic goes further and studies advanced medical topics as well as doing rotations in various hospital departments.


How to Enter a EMT / Paramedic Program

Each state and college has its own requirements. However, generally, an applicant to an EMT program needs to be 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or a GED. Students must have advanced training in CPR. Due to the physical nature of the job, most states require students to pass a physical, have up to date vaccinations, and have active health insurance in place.

Some schools may require students to complete basic college classes in English, math, anatomy, and medical terminology. For a paramedic program, the student needs to have an active EMT certification and provide professional recommendations.

Jobs available to the EMT / Paramedic

The typical jobs available to an EMT or Paramedic are in ambulance services or hospital settings. Some work for private companies while others work for the fire department or emergency services department. The typical types of jobs available to an EMT or paramedic will require weekend and night time work at least part of the time. Schedules may be regular or irregular depending on the employer. Some paramedics work as volunteers for small town fire departments.

Salaries for EMT / Paramedic

Salaries for EMT/Paramedics vary quite extensively due to location and experience. Those who work in urban areas tend to make more than those in rural areas. The median salary in 2010 was $30,300. The job growth for this specialty was expected to be faster than usual for the next few years.

The work of an EMT/Paramedic can be physically strenuous. They are exposed to various diseases and potentially dangerous situations. However, the work is quite rewarding according to those who have done it.

The world of the EMT/Paramedic keeps changing. The procedures and techniques used in emergency medicine keep changing and expanding. That means that a paramedic or EMT needs to keep up to date with continuing education.

Featured Online EMT Schools

Take your career to a whole new level with a degree from Everest Institute. Programs available in Accounting, Paralegal, Business Administration and more.
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
Featured Programs:
You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online. We offer several Associates and Bachelors degrees in the business, health care, accounting and legal fields. Our accelerated programs are designed to help you complete your degree as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We help students get not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.
Featured Programs:
The College of Health Care Professions is an ABHES-accredited institution with a long tradition of success. We are dedicated to providing quality online training programs, which conveniently provide you the knowledge and technical proficiency necessary to become employable in entry-level allied health care positions, all while supporting your continued career goals
As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.
Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a Bachelor of Science with a major in Anatomy and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Health and Wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education specializations and certifications.
Take your career to a whole new level with a degree from Everest Institute. Programs available in Accounting, Paralegal, Business Administration and more.
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
Featured Programs:
You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online. We offer several Associates and Bachelors degrees in the business, health care, accounting and legal fields. Our accelerated programs are designed to help you complete your degree as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We help students get not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.
Featured Programs:
The College of Health Care Professions is an ABHES-accredited institution with a long tradition of success. We are dedicated to providing quality online training programs, which conveniently provide you the knowledge and technical proficiency necessary to become employable in entry-level allied health care positions, all while supporting your continued career goals
As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.
Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a Bachelor of Science with a major in Anatomy and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Health and Wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education specializations and certifications.
Matching school ads