Which North Carolina Schools Have EMT Training & Certification Programs?

Learn about EMT programs in North Carolina. Get information about degrees available, admission and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Students can find several public institutions throughout North Carolina that offer EMT training and certification programs. Read about the different programs available, and compare 2-year and 4-year schools.

What You Need to Know

With one semester of study, you could complete a training program and be ready to take the EMT-Basic certification examination. A 3-semester program could prepare you to take the EMT-Paramedic exam. You could also earn an associate's degree in emergency medicine in a year or two, depending on the training and certification you already have in the field. Bachelor's degree programs are also available. These programs combine lectures and clinical practicums.

Certificate Programs for EMTs in North Carolina

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Depending on your time restrictions or interest, you can choose to complete a program leading to a Certificate or Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (EMS). The 1-semester certificate program can qualify you to sit for the state and national examinations for EMT-Basic (EMT-B) certification. The 3-semester diploma program can qualify you to sit for the state or national exam for paramedic (EMT-P) certification. The more detailed paramedic program includes EMT-B instruction as well as advanced training in trauma, life span and medical emergency management, anatomy and physiology, airway management, the use of computers, pharmacology and two EMS practicums.

  • Program Name: Certificate or Diploma in Emergency Medical Science
  • Program Length: 1-3 semesters
  • Program Cost: $180 plus supplies (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Assessment test and counseling session
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 12,103 students (all undergraduate)

Lenoir Community College

It will take you less than a year to complete the program leading to a certificate in EMS at Lenoir Community College. The 13-credit program consists of classroom work and lab sessions. Courses include emergency vehicles and communication, EMT-B instruction, study skills and an introduction to the use of computers in EMS situations. Completion of the program can make you eligible to sit for the state and national examinations for EMT-B certification.

  • Program Name: Certificate in Emergency Medical Science
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Program Cost: $180 plus supplies (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Assessment test and counseling session
  • School Type: 2-year public; 2,959 students (all undergraduate)

Associate Degree Programs for EMTs in North Carolina

Fayetteville Technical Community College

If you already hold EMT-P certification, you may qualify for the bridge program at Fayetteville Technical Community College leading to an Associate of Applied Science. In this 2-semester program, you receive 43 credits for prior education and work experience. The remaining 25 credits consist of courses in anatomy and physiology, EMS management, a capstone course, computer instruction and general education courses. The 5-semester Associate of Applied Science program is more traditional and includes anatomy and physiology general education courses, EMT-B instruction, patient assessment, defense tactics, management techniques in various emergency situations and a number of EMS clinical practicums, one of which you complete in addition to a psychology course, during the summer semester between the two academic years of the program. Completion of the program qualifies you to sit for the state and national EMT-P certification examinations.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science
  • Program Length: 2-5 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,394 per year for state residents; $8,538 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Assessment test and counseling session for 5-semester program
  • Prerequisites: One unit each of high school algebra and biology (for 5-semester program); current EMT-Paramedic certification, 2,000 hours of experience, CPR and ACLS certification, two letters of recommendation (for 3-semester program)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 12,103 students (all undergraduate)

Lenoir Community College

If you're a currently certified non-degree EMT-P, you may qualify for the bridge program leading to an Associate of Applied Science in EMS. You receive 42 transfer credits by way of previous education and work experience. The majority of the rest of your 73 required credits are made up of general education courses. If you have no prior EMS experience, you may prefer the traditional degree program, which takes about two years to complete. Included in the program are EMT-B instruction, intermediate interventions, rescue scene management, pharmacology, special needs patients, EMS management in various emergency situations and general education courses. General education courses and some EMS qualifying courses are available to you online. Once you complete the traditional degree program, you may be eligible to sit for the state and national EMT-P examinations.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science
  • Program Length: 2-5 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,423 per year for state residents; $8,567 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Assessment test and counseling session for traditional degree program
  • Prerequisites: EMT-P certification for bridge program
  • School Type: 2-year public; 2,959 students (all undergraduate)

Wake Tech Community College

While the program leading to an Associate of Applied Science in EMS at Wake Tech Community College usually takes five semesters to complete, if you hold any EMT certification, you may be eligible for a certain number of credits, depending on your level of certification. In that case, it will take you less time to complete the program. Courses include medical, trauma, airway and lifespan emergency management, anatomy and physiology, patient assessment and four EMS clinical practicums. In addition, you're required to complete a capstone project that deals with your ability to handle emergencies in a number of simulated patient scenarios. Upon completion of the 73-credit program, you may qualify to sit for the state and national EMT-P certification examinations.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science
  • Program Length: Five semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,768 per year for state residents; $8,912 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Placement test; counseling session; immunization record; TB test
  • School Type: 2-year public; 21,384 students (all undergraduate)

Bachelor's Degree Programs for EMTs in North Carolina

Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University offers a traditional 4-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care. Professional courses take place during your final two years. If you already hold EMT certification and have completed 60 college credits in any major with a 2.5 GPA, you may decide to fulfill your bachelor's degree requirements by way of the school's online program. According to The school, it's one of only 14 institutions nationally offering a bachelor's degree in the area of emergency medical care. You're allowed to specialize in either health management or science. The science major is designed to be a pre-med program that may prepare you for further study at medical school. The health management major is more geared to prepare you for a position in medical administration. In addition to general education courses, each 128-credit program includes emergency management courses, a number of clinical practicums and seminars.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care
  • Program Length: 2-4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,623 per year for state residents; $17,016 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: College prep curriculum in high school; must own personal computer for admission to 4-year program
  • Prerequisites: 60 credits (for upper-level, professional program); 60 college credits and EMT certification (for 2-year, online program)
  • School Type: 4-year public; 10,382 students (8,787 undergraduate)

To summarize, aspiring EMTs can earn their certificate, associate, or bachelor's degree in emergency medicine science from one of several public schools in North Carolina.

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