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EMT Schools in Georgia with Program Overviews

There are 26 schools within Georgia that have EMT training programs. Read an overview of the ten largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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EMT Certificate and Degree Programs in Georgia

In order to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic in the State of Georgia, an individual must successfully complete an approved training program, sit for and pass written and practical examinations administered by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), and apply for licensing with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma. Unless otherwise noted, the following schools offer programs that meet minimum standards established by the Department of Transportation and result in eligibility to take the NREMT certification.

Albany Technical College

Located in Albany, this technical college offers an EMT technical certificate, an advanced EMT (AEMT) technical certificate, and diploma and degree programs in paramedicine technology. The EMT certificate program is offered each semester and requires the completion of 16 credit hours of classes. The AEMT program is a 26-credit hour program open to all students over the age of 18 who are able to pass background checks, drug screenings, and physical examinations. Applicants to the paramedicine technology programs must be currently certified as EMTs by the NREMT or eligible for certification. The diploma program requires the completion of 60 credit hours; the Associate in Applied Science, Paramedicine Technology degree program mandates all students earn 70 credit hours of coursework. Much of the curriculum for both the paramedic programs is the same. The college also offers a paramedic track to individuals training to become paramedics, which leads to the award of an firefighter/EMS professional diploma.

Athens Technical College

Four awards related to the EMS field are offered by this technical college, located in Athens. The EMT technical certificate program requires that students complete 16 credit hours of training; the AEMT program is a ten-credit hour program. Applicants to the EMT program must be over 18, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and take the HOBET (Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test) test, which is used by the college to rank admission candidates. Students who are admitted into the program must then provide copies of immunization records and pass both physical exams and background checks. Individuals interested in becoming certified as paramedics may earn either a diploma or an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology. The paramedic diploma and degree programs require the completion of 63 and 70 credit hours of coursework, respectively, and require that applicants be EMTs at the advanced or intermediate levels. All applications must be received by June 15th to be considered for the following fall semester.

Central Georgia Technical College

Students attending Central Georgia Technical College in Macon may choose to earn an EMT technical certificate of credit, an AEMT technical certificate of credit, a paramedicine diploma, or an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedicine degree. Additionally, the college offers an EMS professions diploma and emergency management awards (diploma and A.A.S. degree). The 16-credit hour EMT certificate program is offered in the fall semester to high school graduates (or individuals holding a GED) over the age of 18. The ten-credit hour AEMT program also begins in the fall but requires that applicants to the program be currently certified as EMTs in Georgia. Both paramedic tracks are available only to intermediate- or advanced-level EMTs. The diploma program is a 60-credit hour program, and the degree program requires the completion of 70 credit hours of coursework.

Chattahoochee Technical College

Marietta-based Chattahoochee Technical College offers an EMS professions diploma program that trains students at both the basic and advanced EMT levels through the completion of 45 credit hours of coursework. To gain access to the program, students must first be admitted to the college and enroll in the college's healthcare assistant program in order to be able to register for pre-requisite courses. Admission to the EMS program is competitive. It is based upon GPA (minimum 3.0) and results of the HOBET. Individuals who are looking for a faster track to be eligible for the paramedicine program may opt to earn an accelerated EMT to paramedic diploma. Additionally, an option is offered by the college for currently certified EMTs to earn an AEMT diploma. Two awards are offered at the paramedic level: a paramedicine diploma (60 credit hours) and an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedicine (72 credit hours). The EMS professions program is offered in a daytime format at the North Metro campus in Acworth and the other programs are available at the Appalachian campus in Jasper.

Darton State College

Two levels of training are offered by Darton State College, located in Albany. Although the school does not offer a stand-alone EMT-Basic course, students may complete training at the EMT-Intermediate (AEMT) and paramedic levels. The college has a fast-track program designed for students without experience in the EMS field. Individuals enrolled in the fast-track program toward a paramedic certificate will take supplementary courses to earn certification as an EMT-Intermediate at the end of the first two semesters before continuing on with the remaining requirements for the paramedic program. Two paramedic awards are offered by the college: an EMS certificate and an Associate of Science degree in EMS. The paramedic core curriculum for both awards is the same; degree-seeking students must complete additional general education and elective courses.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Georgia Northwestern Technical College, based out of Rome, offers students five EMT and paramedic training options. The 16-credit hour EMT certificate program is offered to applicants over the age of 18 who hold valid driver's licenses and are able to perform the duties demanded of EMTs. Students who would like to be certified at the intermediate level may be interested in the college's EMS professions program, completion of which earns a student certification eligibility as an EMT-Intermediate. The EMS professions diploma program requires the completion of 42 credit hours of coursework, including pre-professional and occupational classes. An AEMT technical certificate of credit is also offered to currently certified EMTs who complete ten credit hours of classes. Individuals who become certified at the advanced and/or intermediate levels may apply to the paramedicine program. Students may choose to pursue a diploma (60 credit hours) or an Associate in Applied Science (70 credit hours) in paramedicine. All programs are offered at the Floyd County campus in Rome; the EMT and AEMT programs are additionally available at the Walker County and Gordon County campuses in Rock Spring and Calhoun, respectively.

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville-located Gwinnett Technical College offers five programs of study relating to the EMS field: an EMT certificate, an AEMT certificate, an EMS professions diploma, a paramedicine diploma, and an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedicine. The 16-credit hour EMT certificate program prepares students to serve in entry-level positions. The curriculum required by the ten-credit hour AEMT program is included in the EMS professions diploma; students interested in the AEMT certificate must first be accepted into the EMS professions program. The 42-credit hour EMS professions diploma program includes both the basic EMT and the AEMT certificate programs, giving students the knowledge needed to qualify for admittance into the paramedic program. Almost all of the essential technical courses required by both paramedic tracks are identical. Both the 60-credit hour diploma program and the 70-credit hour degree program are open exclusively to EMTs certified at the advanced or intermediate levels.

Savannah Technical College

Based out of Savannah, this technical college offers four EMS-related programs. The EMT certificate program requires two semesters to complete 16 credit hours of work and is open to applicants 18 years or older who hold high school diplomas or the equivalent. An AEMT certificate will be awarded to currently certified EMTs who complete ten credit hours of coursework. Two awards are offered on the paramedic level: a paramedicine technology diploma (60 credit hours) and an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedic Technology (70 credit hours). Both paramedic programs accept only individuals licensed as advanced EMTs or intermediate EMTs. The degree program, in addition to occupational coursework, requires the completion of general education and elective classes.

Southern Crescent Technical College

Griffin-based Southern Crescent Technical College offers an EMT certificate, an AEMT certificate, an EMS professions diploma, a firefighter/EMS professional diploma, a paramedicine diploma, and an Associate in Applied Science, Paramedicine degree. All of the EMS-related programs are available at the college's main campus in Griffin; the EMT, AEMT, firefighter/EMS professional, and EMS professional programs are also offered at the Flint campus in Thomaston. The EMT certificate program requires the completion of 16 credit hours and is a prerequisite for the AEMT technical certificate of credit program (ten credit hours). The 42-credit hour EMS professions diploma program includes training at both the basic and advanced levels and adequately prepares students for paramedic training. The firefighter/EMS professional diploma program includes basic EMT training as well as fire science skills and requires the completion of 63 credit hours of coursework. Finally, the paramedic diploma and degree programs are available only to AEMTs and intermediate EMTs and require the completion of 60 and 70 credit hours of classes, respectively.

West Georgia Technical College

West Georgia Technical College, located in Waco, offers students a choice between an EMT technical certificate of credit and an AEMT technical certificate of credit; the former is a prerequisite for the latter. The EMT certificate program mandates that students complete 16 credit hours of courses and prepares them for serving in entry-level positions in the EMS field. The AEMT certificate program is a ten-credit hour program that expands upon the skills acquired in the basic program. The school also has an emergency medical responder program.

School Comparison Table

School Name School Type and Setting EMT Certificate and/or Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
Albany Technical College Public, two-year; small city EMT technical certificate,
AEMT technical certificate,
Paramedicine technology diploma,
A.A.S., Paramedicine Technology,
Firefighter/EMS professional diploma
$2,264 in-state; $4,184 out-of-state*
Athens Technical College Public, two-year; mid-sized city EMT technical certificate,
AEMT technical certificate,
Paramedic technology diploma,
A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
$2,230 in-state; $4,150 out-of-state*
Central Georgia Technical College Public, two-year; small city EMT technical certificate of credit,
AEMT technical certificate of credit,
Paramedicine diploma,
A.A.S., Paramedicine,
EMS professions diploma
$2,250 in-state; $4,170 out-of-state*
Chattahoochee Technical College Public, two-year; large suburb EMS professions diploma,
Accelerated EMT to Paramedic diploma,
AEMT diploma,
Paramedicine diploma,
A.A.S., Paramedicine
$2,289 in-state; $4,209 out-of-state*
Darton State College Public, two-year; small city EMS certificate,
A.S., EMS
$3,170 in-state; $8,810 out-of-state*
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Public, two-year; small city EMT certificate,
EMS professions diploma,
AEMT technical certificate of credit,
Paramedicine diploma,
A.A.S., Paramedicine
$2,267 in-state; $4,187 out-of-state*
Gwinnett Technical College Public, two-year; large suburb EMT certificate,
EMS professions diploma,
AEMT certificate,
Paramedicine diploma,
A.A.S., Paramedicine
$2,434 in-state; $4,354 out-of-state*
Savannah Technical College Public, two-year; mid-sized city EMT certificate,
AEMT certificate,
Paramedicine technology diploma,
A.A.S., Paramedicine Technology
$2,279 in-state; $4,199 out-of-state*
Southern Crescent Technical College Public, two-year; large suburb EMT certificate,
AEMT certificate,
EMS professions diploma,
Firefighter/EMS professional diploma,
Paramedicine diploma,
A.A.S., Paramedicine
$2,282 in-state; $4,202 out-of-state*
West Georgia Technical College Public, two-year; rural EMT technical certificate of credit,
AEMT technical certificate of credit
$2,362 in-state; $4,282 out-of-state*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

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