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EMT Training in Cleveland, Ohio with School Information

The Cleveland, Ohio, area has at least seven institutions that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Learn about the degree and certificate programs, admission info, and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 30 miles of the city, and make an informed education decision.

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Cleveland, Ohio, Schools with EMT Training Programs

There are a number of educational institutions in the Cleveland, Ohio, area that offer EMT training programs to students. This article looks at three schools that are no more than 35 minutes from downtown and at the programs they offer. It also includes a table of pertinent information, such as enrollment, school setting and costs, for each school, presented in a format that makes it easy for prospective students to compare them. At the end of the article is a list of some other area schools with EMT training programs.

  • Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), in the heart of downtown Cleveland, offers EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic certificate programs as well as an EMT associate's degree program. This school offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the state and is the least expensive in all of Northeast Ohio.
  • About 23 miles from the Cleveland city center, Lakeland Community College (LCC) boasts that 96% of its graduates either continue their education or are able to find employment. It offers EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic certificate programs.
  • Finally, Lorain County Community College (LCCC), about 26 miles from downtown, offers an Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-Paramedic certificate program. LCCC is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the state.

Cuyahoga Community College

Three levels of training are offered by Tri-C to students interested in emergency medical services (EMS). All programs are accredited by the State of Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services. A number of EMS advanced training courses are offered through the college's fire technology program to currently certified EMTs and paramedics.

EMT - Basic Certificate

The EMT - Basic certificate at Tri-C has been designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the EMS field. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the certification exam provided by the National Registry of EMTs. Applicants to the program must pass a background check before enrolling in classes. The program consists of 11 credit hours, earned in three courses, one of which is a practical lab class.

EMT - Paramedic Certificate

The paramedic program offered by Tri-C provides currently certified EMTs an opportunity to advance their certification from the basic level to a paramedic level. Students will have completed 29 credit hours of coursework by program's end. Program completion gives students the chance to take the National Registry certification exam at the paramedic level.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology

Graduates of the A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Technology program offered by Tri-C receive certification to serve in the field by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS. Individuals completing the program are trained to be able to provide basic and advanced life support to patients as well as act in a supervisory capacity within the EMS industry. A total of 69 credit hours must be completed to earn an A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Technology, including 15 credit hours in general education courses.

Lakeland Community College

LCC students have two EMT certificate programs to choose from. The basic program has been accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

EMT - Basic Certificate

Students interested in the EMT - Basic certificate program offered by LCC must be at least 18 years old to enroll and be certified by the American Heart Association as a CPR Health Care Provider. The certificate encompasses one course, worth six credit hours. Graduates of the basic program are eligible to take the certification exam offered by the National Registry. Certification by the college mandates that graduates of the program maintain a 75% grade average in the course, pass the class's comprehensive final exam as well as the National Registry exam, and complete a minimum of 20 hours of clinical hours.

EMT - Paramedic Certificate

The paramedic certificate program at LCC prepares students to serve in emergency services careers, enabling them to provide advanced medical care, especially in pre-hospital settings. Graduates of the program will have been trained in the administration of medication, endotracheal intubation, and the interpretation of electrocardiograms (EKGs). Prerequisites for paramedic program applicants include a background check, drug testing, and current certification as an EMT - Basic in the State of Ohio. Following completion of the classes, students must complete their clinical experience hours, pass their ACLS exam, and pass the National Registry exam before being awarded the certificate in an area of specialization by LCC.

Lorain County Community College

One EMT training program is offered by LCCC's division of allied health and nursing programs. Students interested in pursuing a career as a paramedic at the college must complete both the LCCC application for admission and the allied health application requirements. The program is offered twice a year; students must choose between daytime and evening classes.

Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate of Proficiency

The paramedic certificate program available at LCCC takes three terms to complete: two 15-week semesters and one summer term spanning 10 weeks. Only 30 students are accepted into the program with each new class start. Prerequisites for applicants include EMT - Basic certification, a valid driver's license, and CPR certification. Students applying to the program must be at least 18 years old. The paramedic program requires the completion of a minimum of 39 credit hours. Curriculum includes hours spent in didactic instruction, the skills lab, clinical rotations in a hospital setting, and field internship experiences. Advanced medical skills acquired include patient assessment, IV therapy, and advanced airway management.

Comparison of Schools

Students seeking a school for their EMT training need to be aware of many facts. This table compiles information that would be useful in making a solid decision.

Cuyahoga Community College District Lakeland Community College Lorain County Community College
School Type Public, 2-year Public, 2-year Public, 2-year
Total Enrollment (2011) 30,853* 9,521* 12,948*
Campus Setting Large city Rural Small city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $2,737 for in-district students, $3,554 for in-state students, $7,068 for out-of-state students* $2,917 for in-district students, $3,766 for in-state students, $8,053 for out-of-state students* $2,679 for in-district students, $3,223 for in-state students, $6,491 for out-of-state students*
% of Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2010-2011) 48%* 52%* 53%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admissions policy N/A - open admissions policy N/A - open admissions policy
Retention Rate (From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011) 47% for full-time students, 37% for part-time students* 47% for full-time students, 38% for part-time students* 56% for full-time students, 50% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began Fall 2008) 4% overall, 26% transfer-out* 13% overall, 38% transfer-out* 8% overall, 27% transfer-out*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator, **Google Maps.

Other School Options

Students looking for other EMT program options may be interested in the Auburn Career Center, Lorain County Joint Vocational School, Bowling Green State University - Firelands, or the EHOVE Career Center, located approximately 28 miles, 31 miles, 45 miles, and 48 miles from Cleveland, respectively.

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