EMT Training in Montana with Course and School Information
Montana has four schools that offer EMT (emergency medical technician) training programs. Learn about the courses, tuition information and program options for these four schools to make an informed education decision.
EMT Training Programs in Montana
In Montana, emergency medical technicians must be licensed by the Board of Medical Examiners. Application requirements for candidates 18 years of age or older include a high school diploma or its equivalent, as well as a passing score on the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) exam appropriate to their level of training. Currently, the few programs available in the state are approved by the Montana Board of Medical Examiners.
Flathead Valley Community College
Flathead Valley Community College is located in Kalispell and offers a 64-credit Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine. The curriculum includes topics in anatomy and physiology, basic rescue skills and pharmacology. Students also complete ten credits of clinical work with ambulance services, firefighters and hospital departments. Graduates are eligible to test for NREMT certification (EMT-Paramedic).
The college also offers a 5-credit basic emergency technology class that prepares students for the national certification exams (practical and written).
Great Falls College - Montana State University
At Great Falls College, aspiring EMTs can pursue an Associate of Applied Science program that has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (in partnership with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions). Students have the opportunity to train in an ambulance and a simulated hospital.
The 65-credit associate's degree program, which has limited enrollment, prepares students for the NREMT certification exam. In addition to a 6-credit internship, requirements include courses in general education, cardiac and pediatric life support, pharmacology and trauma.
Students 18 years of age or older who hold a BLS/HCP (basic life support for health care providers) card can take a 7-credit course in emergency medical technology, the standard minimum for ambulance workers. Students who complete clinical, class and lab work requirements can sit for national and state certification exams.
Provided there is sufficient demand, the college also offers continuing education, endorsements and satellite courses for experienced EMTs.
Montana State University - Billings (City College Campus)
Montana State University in Billings offers a number of courses for emergency care providers, including a 3-credit introduction to paramedics with a 1-credit lab. Students must receive permission from the instructor before they enroll.
Students with a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician card might be interested in the 70-credit Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic. Coursework includes topics in anatomy and physiology, respiratory anatomy and pathology, cardiovascular disease and obstetrics. Students also learn to care for, transport and document ill and injured patients. In addition to classroom instruction and learning labs, degree requirements include an 8-credit internship and an NREMT exam lab.
Aspiring administrators also might be interested in the Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in emergency medical services management.
Montana State University - Bozeman
Through the Extended University (Office of Continuing Education), students can pursue a basic EMT course. In addition to having a high school diploma, interested students who are at least 18 years old have to attend an interview.
The course is designed to prepare future professionals for the certification exams and includes training in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the opportunity to observe in emergency rooms. Instruction takes place twice a week for three-and-a-half hours.
School Comparison Table
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Training Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees|
|Flathead Valley Community College||2-year, public; rural|| EMT-B Class, |
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine
| $99 per credit (in-district);|
$148 per credit (in-state);
$354 per credit (out-of-state) (2012-2013)*
|Great Falls College - Montana State University||2-year, public; small city|| EMT Basic Course,|
EMT First Responder,
EMT REACH (satellite instruction),
Associate of Applied Science in EMT Paramedic,
Continuing Education for EMTs
| $104 per credit (in-state);|
$156 per credit (Western Undergraduate Exchange);
$364 per credit (out-of-state) (2012-2013)**
|Montana State University - Billings||4-year, public; midsize city||Paramedic Fundamentals Course and Lab, |
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic
| $405 per credit (in-state);|
$461 per credit (Western Undergraduate Exchange);
$571 per credit (out-of-state) (2013-2014)***
|Montana State University - Bozeman||4-year, public; remote town||EMT Basic Course||$740 flat fee (2013)****|
Sources: *Flathead Valley Community College, **Great Falls College - Montana State University, ***Montana State University - Billings, ****Montana State University - Bozeman.
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