Kentucky EMT Training Programs with School Options

Kentucky has 11 schools that offer EMT training programs. Learn about certificate and degree programs, tuition info, and program options for the ten largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Students in Kentucky who are interested in completing an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic training program may choose from a wide range of schools throughout the state. EMT training compounds: students must complete basic training before enrolling in an intermediate, advanced, or paramedic program. Programs lead to the award of certificates, associate's or bachelor's degrees in Kentucky. All such programs include clinical experiences or practicum requirements, such as internships.

Career Requirements

In Kentucky, after an individual completes an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic training program, he or she must pass the certification exams administered by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). The candidate can then apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Kentucky Board of EMS.

All of the following programs prepare students to take the NREMT certification exams.


Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington offers an EMT certificate program. Students must gain faculty consent to enroll in the single class, which is worth six credit hours. Topics covered include patient injury and illness assessment, cardiac care, and principals of vehicular rescue. The college is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

  • Programs Offered: EMT certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,420 in-state; $11,820 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; large city

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond-based Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) offers a number of awards relating to the EMS field and is the only school in the state to offer an accredited paramedic program. An EMT-Basic certificate is awarded by the Department of Safety, Security, & Emergency Management following the completion of two classes (EMC 110 and EMC 104) offered at EKU. An Associate of Science in Paramedicine is awarded to students who complete 64 credit hours of coursework. A unique Bachelor of Science, Emergency Medical Care - Paramedic/Science option is also offered; the four-year degree requires the completion of 120 credit hours of coursework and includes the A.S. curriculum. Other related awards include a B.S., Emergency Medical Care with specializations in emergency service administration or clinical/fire safety; a minor in emergency medical care is available for students earning degrees in other fields. The university also offers the following specialization certifications: Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS).

  • Programs Offered: EMT-Basic certificate,
    A.S., Paramedicine,
    B.S., Emergency Medical Care - Paramedic/Science option
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,320 in-state; $16,464 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, four-year; distant town

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

Located in Elizabethtown, this community and technical college, a member of the KCTCS, offers an EMT course that awards an EMT-Basic certificate. The class is worth six credit hours, four of which are earned through classroom-based instruction and two of which are lab-based credits. The certificate's curriculum is part of the fire/rescue science technology program.

  • Programs Offered: EMT certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; small city

Gateway Community and Technical College

In addition to an EMT certificate, Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence offers a paramedic certificate and an Associate in Applied Science, Paramedic Technology program. The EMT certificate can be earned by completing a six-credit hour course. Students accepted into the paramedic technology program can earn a certificate (45 credit hours) or, once the paramedic core curriculum has been completed, continue their education to earn the degree. The paramedic technology program begins in the fall semester and is offered at the school's Edgewood campus. Applicants to the paramedic program must be certified EMTs.

  • Programs Offered: EMT certificate,
    Paramedic certificate,
    A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,440 in-state; $11,840 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; large suburb

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Located in Louisville, Jefferson Community and Technical College offers an EMT certificate program and an Associate in Applied Science, Paramedic Technology program. The EMT certificate program requires the completion of six credit hours of coursework. The degree program is offered on a full-time basis and requires the completion of 63-67 credit hours. The program accepts new students once every two years in the spring semester. Applicants must be currently certified EMTs and able to pass background checks and drug screenings. They also must attend one of the four selective admission conferences offered by the department. Coursework required by the paramedic program includes practicum experiences in the field.

  • Programs Offered: EMT certificate,
    A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,440 in-state; $11,840 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; large city

Owensboro Community and Technical College

Based in Owensboro, this school is also associated with the KCTCS and offers an EMT certificate, a paramedic technology certificate, and an Associate in Applied Science, Paramedic Technology. The EMT certificate program is listed among awards offered by the fire/rescue science technology programs and requires the completion of six credit hours. Students who complete 44-49 credit hours of paramedic technology core classes earn a certificate in the field; the A.A.S. program requires the completion of 63-71 credit hours of coursework, including the paramedic core classes. All applicants to the paramedic program must be currently certified EMTs; currently certified paramedics pursuing a degree can be credited for job experience.

  • Programs Offered: EMT certificate,
    Paramedic technology certificate,
    A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; small city

Somerset Community College

Situated inSomerset, this college offers an EMT-Basic certificate program as well as an EMS-Paramedic certificate program. The paramedic program mandates that students earn 46-47 credit hours. Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years old, hold a high school diploma (or equivalent) and a valid driver's license, and be currently certified as an EMT. Once accepted into the program, students must provide copies of current immunization records. Paramedic classes are also offered at the school's Laurel campus in London.

  • Programs Offered: EMT certificate,
    EMS-Paramedic certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; rural

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Also part of the KCTCS, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (formally known as Bowling Green Technical College) in Bowling Green offers an EMT course. The completion of the six-credit hour class earns a student the EMT certificate and eligibility to take the certification exams. The certificate program is offered by the college's fire/rescue technology training program.

  • Programs Offered: EMT certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; small city

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

West Kentucky Community and Technical College, also affiliated with the KCTCS, is located in Paducah and offers an EMT certificate and an Associate in Applied Science, Paramedic Technology. The EMT certificate can be earned with the completion of one six-credit hour class. The degree program is open only to currently certified EMTs and requires the completion of 60-67 credit hours of coursework. The curriculum includes clinical practicum requirements and a field internship. Individuals already certified as paramedics can earn college credit for experience in the field.

  • Programs Offered: EMT certificate,
    A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year; remote town

Western Kentucky University

Located in Bowling Green, Western Kentucky University offers three programs to students interested in careers in the EMS field. The EMT-Basic program consists of one course and trains students to serve in entry-level positions. The EMT-Paramedic program is open to currently certified EMTs and prepares individuals to take certification exams at the paramedic level; completing the paramedic program alone does not lead to an award by the university. The EMT and EMT-Paramedic programs are available on a for-credit or a non-credit basis. The school also offers an EMT-Paramedic associate degree, earned by completing 64-65 credit hours of work. Currently certified paramedics can be credited up to 40 credit hours for certification and job experience.

  • Programs Offered: EMT-Basic course,
    EMT-Paramedic program,
    Associate's degree, EMT-Paramedic
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $8,472 in-state; $21,000 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, four-year; small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting EMT Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
Bluegrass Community and Technical College Public, two-year; large city EMT certificate $3,420 in-state; $11,820 out-of-state*
Eastern Kentucky University Public, four-year; distant town EMT-Basic certificate,
A.S., Paramedicine,
B.S., Emergency Medical Care - Paramedic/Science option
$7,320 in-state; $16,464 out-of-state*
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Public, two-year; small city EMT certificate $3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
Gateway Community and Technical College Public, two-year; large suburb EMT certificate,
Paramedic certificate,
A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
$3,440 in-state; $11,840 out-of-state*
Jefferson Community and Technical College Public, two-year; large city EMT certificate,
A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
$3,440 in-state; $11,840 out-of-state*
Owensboro Community and Technical College Public, two-year; small city EMT certificate,
Paramedic technology certificate,
A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
$3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
Somerset Community College Public, two-year; rural EMT certificate,
EMS-Paramedic certificate
$3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Public, two-year; small city EMT certificate $3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Public, two-year; remote town EMT certificate,
A.A.S., Paramedic Technology
$3,360 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
Western Kentucky University Public, four-year; small city EMT-Basic course,
EMT-Paramedic program,
Associate's degree, EMT-Paramedic
$8,472 in-state; $21,000 out-of-state*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

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