Top Schools for EMT and Paramedics

Emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics treat patients who are in life-threatening situations due to automobile accidents, heart attacks, falls and gunshot wounds. Certification is required and can be obtained by completing a formal training program, such as a certificate or associate's degree program, available at many schools, colleges and universities.

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Top EMT and Paramedic Schools

1. George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

George Washington University's Health Sciences Programs offers a basic EMT certification program that can be completed in one semester. This program prepares students to take the EMT Basic Certification Exam offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. George Washington University was ranked 50th among national universities in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report.

2. Brigham Young University in Rexburg, ID

Brigham Young University in Idaho was founded in 1888 and is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brigham Young University in Idaho was ranked 12th among western regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Brigham Young offers an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine that includes training in trauma and medical emergencies, cardiology and medical assessments. Aspiring paramedics can participate in hospital clinicals and an ambulance internship.

3. Stony Brook University in NY

The majority of faculty members at Stony Brook University hold the highest degrees in their field and several have been awarded Nobel prizes. Located on Long Island's north shore, Stony Brook offers an EMT- paramedic program that prepares students for certification and gives students credentials in advanced pediatric, advanced cardiac and pre-hospital trauma life support. Times Higher Education listed Stony Brook University among the top 100 universities in the world in 2011.

School Name Distinction Location
Brigham Young University Largest private university in the stateRexburg, ID
Broward College Accelerated program options available for high school studentsFort Lauderdale, FL
Creighton University Catholic Jesuit universityOmaha, NE
Delgado Community College Oldest and largest community college in the stateNew Orleans, LA
Front Range Community College Colorado's largest community collegeWestminster, CO
George Washington University Created by an Act of Congress in 1821Washington, D.C.
Hillsborough Community College Small class sizesTampa, FL
Miami Dade College Awards the most associate degrees in the U.S.Miami, FL
Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Christian collegeAngwin, CA
Stony Brook University Originated more than 450 patents and 1,500 inventionsStony Brook, NY
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