Where Can I Take EMT Classes in Idaho?

Find schools in Idaho offering EMT classes and training programs leading to certification eligibility. Learn about program requirements, and get admissions info for EMTs planning to study in the state of Idaho. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

As an EMT, you are responsible for helping patients in urgent situations with limited time and resources. Through an EMT training program, you will be trained in current emergency medical procedures and equipment, and your coursework will include classroom, hands-on laboratory work and clinical field experiences.

What You Need to Know

A number of EMT courses and training programs are offered by public schools in Idaho; schools include two- and four-year institutions. Students may choose to enroll in a single class in order to gain eligibility to take the national certification examination or complete a training program leading to a certificate or associate's degree. In Idaho, EMTs are licensed at one of three levels: basic, advanced, and paramedic. Admission requirements to some training programs may include a background check, drug screening, and/or physical exam, due to the practicum element required.

EMT - Basic Classes in Idaho

North Idaho College

This foundational EMT course includes CPR certification. You may need to pay additional costs for textbooks, immunizations and testing fees for EMT certification. The course is offered through the Workforce Training Program and takes place at the North Idaho College Workforce Training Center in Post Falls. Workforce Training Programs differ from traditional degree programs in that they are federally funded and designed to provide job training to workers in need. After completing the class, you'll be eligible to sit for the state or national EMT exam.

  • Program Name: EMT
  • Program Length: 47 sessions; 141 hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,214 per year for in-district residents; $4,430 per year for in-state residents; $8,852 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Requirements: 18 years or older (16 years of age with parent's consent)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 5,800 students

College of Western Idaho

This EMT-Basic program is offered through the Center for Workforce Development at the College of Western Idaho. Classes take place at the Canyon County campus, located in the town of Nampa. You'll attend 35 sessions, plus any additional clinical hours outside of class time. After completing this course, you'll be eligible to take the written and practical portions of the NREMT certification exam.

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic
  • Program Length: 140 hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,264 per year for in-district residents; $4,264 per year for in-state residents; $7,200 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 10,200 students (all undergraduate)

College of Southern Idaho

The postsecondary certificate program requires 10 additional credit hours beyond the certificate program. You'll apply for admittance to the program after being admitted to the college. Courses cover medical terminology, psychology and general math. You may also be able to take some lecture courses online. All classes are approved by the state of Idaho, and you'll be eligible to take the NREMT exam upon graduation.

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic Technical Certificate and Postsecondary Certificate
  • Program Length: 49-59 credit hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,880 per year for in-district residents; $3,880 per year for in-state residents; $6,720 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Requirements: High school transcripts; college transcripts; ACT scores or COMPASS placement scores; 3 recommendation letters; resume and cover letter; physical exam; current immunizations; background check; drug screening
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 8,500 students (all undergraduate)

Idaho State University

In the EMT - Basic program, you'll take 7 courses worth 17 credits total. Courses are available in the evenings and on the weekends. Courses in the program cover medical terminology, computers, emergency medical care and medical labs. Courses are available at both the Boise and Pocatello campuses.

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic Postsecondary Technical Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 semester
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,784 per year for residents; $20,182 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Immunizations; background check; driver's license; CPR certification (within first two weeks of classes)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; roughly 13,400 students

EMT Advanced Classes in Idaho

College of Western Idaho

Course topics in this advanced EMT program include airway management, shock management and advanced anatomy and physiology. You'll attend 30 sessions in addition to clinical practice. At the end of the program, you'll be eligible for advanced testing and certification through the State of Idaho and the NREMT.

  • Program Name: EMT-Advanced
  • Program Length: 250 hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,264 per year for in-district residents; $4,264 per year for in-state residents; $7,200 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: EMT-Basic course; CPR certification
  • Requirements: Immunizations; drug screening; background check
  • School Type: 2-year, public; roughly 10,200 students (all undergraduate)

Idaho State University

The Advanced Technical Certificate in Paramedic Science at Idaho State requires 59-67 credits of coursework and clinical experience. Pre-professional course requirements include anatomy and physiology, biology and biology labs. Professional courses include paramedic labs, airway management, pharmacology and electrocardiograms (EKG). The second year of the program concludes with the paramedic practicum. The department also offers a 5-semester associate's degree program in paramedic science.

  • Program Name: Advanced Technical Certificate in Paramedic Science
  • Program Length: 3.5 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,784 per year for residents; $20,182 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 5 years of EMT experience; current employment with an EMS provider
  • Requirements: Maintenance of C average
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 13,400 students

Idaho State University and the College of Western Idaho both offer EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic programs allowing students to progress through both levels at the same school; Idaho programs are also available for EMT-Basic certification at North Idaho College and the College of Southern Idaho.

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