EMT Classes and Courses in Rhode Island with Program Overviews

Research EMT classes in Rhode Island, which currently has 3 schools offering programs. Read an overview of courses, tuition information and program options for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

There are few colleges and universities that offer EMT classes in the state of Rhode Island, though some private organizations and fire departments offer state-approved programs as well. In Rhode Island, applicants who want to become basic emergency medical technicians (EMT-Bs) must possess a high school diploma or an equivalent credential, be of good character, complete an approved CPR course, be at least 18 years of age and take an approved EMT class.

Programs include classroom instruction, laboratory training, and practical elements, sometimes in the form of ambulance ride-alongs or field training. At least one of the Rhode Island schools offers alternative schedules, including evening and weekend classes.

Career Requirements

After graduating from a basic EMT course, students must then pass written and practical licensing examinations. Licensed EMT-Bs can earn an EMT-Cardiac license by taking an EMT-Cardiac course and passing the necessary licensing examinations. Additional details about approved training programs are available through the State of Rhode Island Department of Health.

Keep reading for overviews of Rhode Island's three schools with EMT programs.


Brown University

In addition to CPR training classes, a basic EMT training course is available at Brown University in Providence. Training and practice drills take place at the Warren Fire Department, while practical skill and lecture courses occur on the school's campus. The basic EMT class typically meets 2 nights a week as well as most of the day on Sunday. Students learn about patient assessment, medication administration, immobilization, airway management and injury management. Additionally, students spend some class time observing at a hospital and riding along in an ambulance.

  • Programs Offered: EMT-Basic Training Course
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,000 total program cost*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city

Community College of Rhode Island

The Community College of Rhode Island's fire science program includes a basic emergency medical technician course, and classes for that program are offered at the school's campuses in Warwick, Lincoln and Providence. In addition to general education requirements, students learn about hazardous materials, fire prevention and fire-fighting strategies. The EMT-Basic course includes lecture sessions and field-based training. The fire science program requires a background check and current vaccinations.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,950 per year in-state; $10,582 per year out-of-state**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city

University of Rhode Island

Located in Kingston, the University of Rhode Island has EMT classes in basic, cardiac and refresher formats. The 911 Programs of South County team up with the University of Rhode Island to offer these courses. The basic EMT class takes 12 weeks to complete and typically meets in the evening on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays. Only 18 students are allowed into the basic EMT course at a single time. The cardiac EMT class is an advanced option for students who are already basic EMTs and want to learn about advanced cardiac life support. The EMT refresher class is intended for EMT students who need to meet continuing education requirements for their state license.

  • Programs Offered: EMT-Basic Course,
    EMT-Cardiac Class,
    EMT Refresher Courses
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $950 EMT-B course;
    $1,550 EMT-Cardiac course;
    $160-200 EMT refresher courses***
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large suburb

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting EMT Classes Offered Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
Brown University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city EMT-Basic Training Course $1,000 total program cost*
Community College of Rhode Island 2-year, public; small city Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician $3,950 per year in-state; $10,582 per year out-of-state**
University of Rhode Island 4-year, public; large suburb EMT-Basic Course,
EMT-Cardiac Class,
EMT Refresher Courses
$950 EMT-B course;
$1,550 EMT-Cardiac course;
$160-200 EMT refresher courses***

Source: *Brown University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***University of Rhode Island.

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