Kansas EMT Certification and Training Classes with School Info

Kansas has at least 18 schools that offer EMT training programs. Learn about the courses, tuition info, and program options for the ten largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Individuals seeking to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the state of Kansas have a minimum of 18 schools to choose from. EMT programs are typically available at community colleges and lead to a certificate, though paramedic programs may lead to an associate's degree. Certificate programs take as little as one semester to complete, while associate's degree programs take up to two years. In order to complete the clinical and field experience portions of a program, students must undergo a background check and health screening.

Career Requirements

To become certified in Kansas, a student must be trained at an approved educational institution; EMTs with out-of-state credentials must file an application with the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS). Graduates of approved programs must take and pass the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) examination as well as a written test administered by the state. The following is a list of the 10 largest schools to offer EMT, paramedic, and EMS (emergency medical services) programs.


Allen County Community College

Allen County Community College, located in Iola, offers students an EMT certificate program. The program requires one course, worth 10 credit hours, and a certificate may be earned in as little as one semester. Completing the course earns a student the eligibility to sit for both the NREMT exam at the basic level and the state written test. Graduates who pass the state exam with at least a 70% will receive a certificate from the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.

  • Program Offered: EMT certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,176*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; remote town

Barton County Community College

Based out of Great Bend, Barton County Community College offers a range of levels of EMT training. The school is approved by the KBEMS for initial education course offerings and is one of only eight schools to offer an accredited paramedic program. The EMT course is a 12-credit hour class and a prerequisite to other EMS classes. The advanced EMT course is worth 10 credit hours and the EMT - Intermediate class requires the completion of five credit hours of coursework. Finally, the paramedic program is a 72-credit hour program and earns an Associate of Applied Science degree.

  • Programs Offered: EMT - Basic course,
    Advanced EMT course,
    EMT - Intermediate course,
    A.A.S., Paramedic
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,688 in-district; $2,784 in-state; $3,776 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; rural

Cloud County Community College

Cloud County Community College, located in Concordia, offers two courses to prepare students for careers as EMTs. The 10-credit hour EMT class trains students to successfully earn national and state certification as an EMT - Basic. The EMT class is recommended by the KBEMS as an approved course. Currently certified EMTs may be interested in the EMT - Intermediate class, worth seven credit hours. The intermediate course prepares students for the state-administered examination at the same-named level.

  • Programs Offered: EMT - Basic course,
    EMT - Intermediate course
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,700 in-district; $2,910 in-state; $4,560 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; rural

Cowley County Community College

Located in Arkansas City, Cowley County Community College offers students a choice of an EMT - Basic course or a paramedic degree program; both programs have been approved by the state for initial certification instruction. The 12-credit hour EMT class takes one semester to complete and includes didactic instruction, time in the lab, and a minimum of 24 hours served in an EMS internship. The paramedic program is available on a 12-month or a 16-month schedule. Both require the completion of a minimum of 54 credit hours and admit 18 students per class. Successful completion of the paramedic program earns an Associate of Applied Science degree and prepares them to take the NREMT certification exam at the paramedic level. Applicants to the paramedic program must be currently certified EMTs.

  • Programs Offered: EMT - Basic course,
    A.A.S., Paramedic
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,356 in-district; $2,666 in-state; $4,123 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; distant town

Fort Scott Community College

Based out of the city by the same name, Fort Scott Community College offers a 10-credit hour course to prepare students to become certified as EMTs - Basic. Coursework includes training to care for patients in pre-hospital settings. Following successful completion of the class, students must take and pass both the NREMT and State of Kansas EMT - Basic certification exams. The course has been approved by the KBEMS.

  • Program Offered: EMT - Basic course
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,580 in-state; $4,260 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; rural

Highland Community College

Located in its namesake city, Highland Community College offers a 12-credit hour EMT training course. Curriculum includes patient assessment, airway management, and pharmacology. Students who successfully complete the class are prepared to take the state and national certification exams at the EMT - Basic level.

  • Program Offered: EMT - Basic course
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,790 in-district; $3,180 in-state; $4,710 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; rural

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson Community College, based out of Hutchinson, offers a number of EMS-related classes as well as a paramedic degree program. Both the EMT course and the paramedic program are listed by KBEMS as approved initial education sources. The EMT certification course is worth 10 credit hours and must be taken concurrently with a cardiac care class, worth one credit hour. Completion of the classes renders students eligible to take the NREMT and state examinations to become certified as an EMT - Basic. Currently certified EMTs may be interested in the school's Associate of Applied Science, Paramedic program. The program requires the completion of 73 credit hours, typically achievable in two years.

  • Programs Offered: EMT - Basic course,
    A.A.S., Paramedic
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,688 in-state; $3,680 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; distant town

Johnson County Community College

Operating out of Overland Park, Johnson County Community College offers students training programs to become EMTs or paramedics. The EMT - Basic program is constituted by more than 200 hours of training in one class, worth nine credit hours. Students must be certified as a first responder before applying for enrollment in the certificate program. Students interesting in working as a paramedic may be interested in the college's Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Medical Services program. In addition to general education requirements, students in the EMS/paramedic program must complete 43 credit hours of core coursework. The EMS/paramedic program is a limited access program, accepting no more than 24 students into each class.

  • Programs Offered: EMT - Basic course,
    A.A.S., Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,520 in-district; $2,970 in-state; $5,910 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; mid-sized city

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), based out of its namesake city, offers students a few different programs related to emergency medical services, most of which have been listed by the KBEMS as approved programs. In addition to an EMT - Basic certification course and Paramedic Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) degree program (both of which are approved by the state), KCKCC offers an emergency medical responder course and an Associate in Applied Science degree as a paramedic/fire medic. The EMT program may be completed in one or one and a half semesters and prepares students for the national certification exam. The A.A.S., Paramedic (MICT) program requires the completion of 87-88 credit hours of coursework and takes about two years to complete. Applicants to the AAS program must be currently certified EMTs. Program curriculum includes 254 hours of lecture, 168 hours in the lab, 442 hours minimum earned in clinicals, and 480 hours served in a field internship.

  • Programs Offered: EMT - Basic course,
    A.A.S., Paramedic Mobile Intensive Care Technician
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,250 in-state; $5,610 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; mid-sized city

Neosho County Community College

Located in Chanute, Neosho County Community College offers two levels of EMT coursework to students, as well as a first responder class. The EMT - Basic course prepares students to serve the medical needs of patients in a pre-hospital setting. Students must be at least 18 years old by course-end for certification testing. The basic course has been approved by the KBEMS. The EMT - Intermediate course is open to currently certified EMTs and builds on the skill sets established by basic training. The curriculum has been designed to comply with recommendations made by the US Department of Transportation as well as the State of Kansas.

  • Programs Offered: EMT - Basic course,
    EMT - Intermediate course
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,638*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; remote town

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting EMT Certificate and/or Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Allen County Community College Public, two-year, remote town EMT certificate $2,176*
Barton County Community College Public, two-year, rural EMT - Basic course,
Advanced EMT course,
EMT - Intermediate course,
A.A.S., Paramedic
$2,688 in-district; $2,784 in-state; $3,776 out-of-state*
Cloud County Community College Public, two-year, rural EMT - Basic course,
EMT - Intermediate course
$2,700 in-district; $2,910 in-state; $4,560 out-of-state*
Cowley County Community College Public, two-year, distant town EMT - Basic course,
A.A.S., Paramedic
$2,356 in-district; $2,666 in-state; $4,123 out-of-state*
Fort Scott Community College Public, two-year, rural EMT - Basic course $2,580 in-state; $4,260 out-of-state*
Highland Community College Public, two-year, rural EMT - Basic course $2,790 in-district; $3,180 in-state; $4,710 out-of-state*
Hutchinson Community College Public, two-year, distant town EMT - Basic course,
A.A.S., Paramedic
$2,688 in-state; $3,680 out-of-state*
Johnson County Community College Public, two-year, mid-sized city EMT - Basic course,
A.A.S., Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic
$2,520 in-district; $2,970 in-state; $5,910 out-of-state*
Kansas City Kansas Community College Public, two-year, mid-sized city EMT - Basic course,
A.A.S., Paramedic Mobile Intensive Care Technician
$2,250 in-state; $5,610 out-of-state*
Neosho County Community College Public, two-year, remote town EMT - Basic course,
EMT - Intermediate course
$3,638*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

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