EMT Training in Syracuse, NY with Program and School Overviews

The Syracuse, New York, area has at least four schools that offer EMT training programs. Learn about admission info and program requirements for two of these schools - one in Syracuse, the other nearly 60 miles away - and make an informed education decision.

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Syracuse, New York, EMT School Options

The Syracuse, New York, area has few options for studying to become an emergency medical technician (EMT). This article explores two schools, one in the city and the other about an hour away, and the training programs they offer. There is also a table of information that a prospective student should consider, such as enrollment and costs. At the end of the article are some facts about other schools in the Syracuse area that offer EMT training.

  • Upstate Medical University (Upstate), affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is the parent organization of the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is located right in Syracuse and offers basic and intermediate EMT training as well as a paramedic certificate program.
  • Students seeking a degree can choose to study at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC), about 57miles from downtown Syracuse. This school offers an associate's degree in emergency medical services/paramedic.

Upstate Medical University

The training courses and program offered by Upstate are provided by the university's Emergency Medicine Simulation Technology and Training (EM-STAT) Center. The center provides access to resources such as 'smart' classrooms with additional technological features to enhance students' experiences and simulation technology for skills practice prior to field opportunities.

EMT - Basic Course

The EMT - Basic course offered by Upstate takes a little over four months to complete. The curriculum is made up of 135 hours spent in the classroom and a clinical rotation of 12 hours served in a local hospital or with an approved ambulance service. Students are trained in caring for injured and ill patients in out-of-hospital settings. An EMT - Basic refresher course also is available for $335.

EMT - Intermediate Course

The EMT - Intermediate class continues training students beyond the basic EMT level. A total of 39 hours are spent in the classroom in addition to tutorials, completed over a 3-month time frame. Skills emphasized include administration of intravenous fluids, defibrillation, and life-support for trauma patients. An EMT - Intermediate refresher course also is available for $350.

Paramedic Certificate Program

The paramedic program at Upstate requires completion of 1,200 hours of didactic instruction and 300 hours of clinical rotations in local hospitals, as well as 300 hours earned through a field internship. The program can be completed in about 14 months. Applicants to the program must be currently certified as an EMT - Basic provider, at least 18 years old, and have some experience in the field. Other prerequisites include a high school diploma or equivalent, three letters of recommendation, successful completion of written and practical exams, and an entrance interview. The program's curriculum is comprehensive and covers medical training related to geriatrics, pharmacology, and neonatology. The job placement rate for graduates of Upstate's paramedic program is 100%.

Mohawk Valley Community College

The A.A.S. EMS/Paramedic program at MVCC is available through cooperative efforts by the college, the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare EMS Center, and SUNYIT (State University of New York Institute of Technology). Graduates of the program can continue their education at SUNYIT to earn a bachelor's degree in health services management.

Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic

Students interested in the program must hold current certification as an EMT - Basic and have successfully completed a chemistry class with lab work and a math course 'A' or its equivalent at the high school level. The program requires the completion of 73 credit hours of coursework; 36 credit hours are transferred from the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare EMS Center and earned by the successful completion of four levels of paramedic classes, and 37 credit hours are earned through MVCC general education courses. The curriculum has been designed to meet the training needs of individuals pursuing careers as firefighters, ambulance attendants, and law enforcement personnel, as well as paramedics.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals should be aware of many important facts about the schools they are considering. This table presents that information in a way that makes comparisons easy.

Upstate Medical University Mohawk Valley Community College
School Type Public, 4-year Public, 2-year
Total Enrollment (2011-2012) 1,589* 7,643*
Campus Setting Mid-sized city Small city
Tuition & Fees EMT - Basic course: $725; EMT - Intermediate course: $750; paramedic certificate: no cost provided (2012-2013)** $4,010 for in-state students, $7,490 for out-of-state students (2011-2012)*
% of Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2010-2011) 62%* 62%*
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) N/A - data not available N/A - open admissions policy
Retention Rate (2010-2011) N/A - data not available 56% for full-time students, 43% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate N/A - data not available 24% overall, 16% transfer-out (for students who began in Fall 2008)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator, **Upstate Medical University.

Other School Options

EMT training classes are also available through a cooperative effort by the Onondaga County EMS Bureau and the Onondaga Community College Public Safety Training Center, also located in Syracuse, New York. The Syracuse University Ambulance organization offers EMT training classes, sponsored by Rural Metro Medical Services, on an irregular basis.

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