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EMT Classes in Minnesota with Certification Program Overviews

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) programs in Minnesota, which currently has about 13 colleges offering these programs. Read overviews of the degrees and certificates and get some quick facts for two Minnesota schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Minnesota Schools with EMT Classes

In Minnesota, many technical and community colleges offer EMT training programs at various levels. Students may earn a certificate, diploma or associate's degree. Programs are available to prepare students for basic and advanced EMT certification. EMTs in Minnesota are required to be licensed; licensure requirements include completing an approved training program and passing a national certification exam.

Two Minnesota schools and their EMT programs are explored below. Get details about levels of study available and required coursework. Appearing at the end of this article is a table featuring helpful facts about each school.

  • Century College has both certificate and associate's degree programs for EMTs. The school is located about 17 miles northeast of downtown Minneapolis.
  • Hennepin Technical College provides emergency medical services and EMT programs at its Eden Prairie campus, which is located approximately 17 miles southwest of the downtown Minneapolis area.

Century College

Century College is a 2-year, public college with several EMS programs. The school, located in White Bear Lake, also offers emergency medical professionals refresher courses through its continuing education program.

Emergency First Responder Program

This 2-credit first responder class is a requirement for many of the EMS programs. However, individuals working in the rescue field, such as police officers, can also take the class for first responder training. The school also offers a refresher course in first response for those who require this type of continuing education.

Emergency Medical Services Certificate Program

The 16-credit, emergency medical services certificate program covers basic life support subjects. Included in its requirements are four credits of general education classes.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program

The emergency medical technician certificate program consists of six semesters. A 10-hour observation in a clinical setting is a part of the program.

Paramedic Technician Diploma Program

Individuals with EMT certification can deepen their knowledge and skills with the paramedic technician diploma program. Besides completing an internship, students take advanced courses in pharmacology, cardiac physiology and other medical care subjects. This is a six semester program with 59 credits.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology Program

The A.A.S. in Paramedic Technology program content is similar to the paramedic technician diploma program. However, totaling 76 credits, the A.A.S. degree program also requires general education classes.

Hennepin Technical College

Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is a 2-year, public school with campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. Many of the EMS programs and refresher courses are also offered through Customized Training and Continuing Education at HTC.

Emergency First Responder Program

The first responder certificate program at Hennepin Technical College is comprised of 24 classroom hours. Students learn through hands-on training and online lessons.

Emergency Medical Services Specialist Certificate Program

The EMS specialist certificate program prepares individuals for entry-level jobs in ambulance service. The program consists of 26 credits and includes 80 hours of ambulance internship.

Emergency Room Technician Certificate Program

Students in the emergency room technician certificate program must complete 20 credits of coursework and training. Some of the basic skills covered are blood drawing, wound cleaning, EKG testing and IV setup. The program also includes clinical observation at a metro-area emergency room.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you are seeking a degree or non-degree EMT training program, you should consider all factors for each school providing these programs. Below are statistics and figures for each school's population, tuition, graduation rates and more.

Century College Hennepin Technical College
School Type2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013)10,073* 6,402*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)$5,360* $4,998*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013)77%* 79%*
Acceptance Rate (2013)100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2013)49%* 71%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013)13%* 29%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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