What Tennessee Schools Offer EMT Training?

Find out which Tennessee schools offer EMT training programs. See requirements and school information, and learn about admissions and tuition costs for EMT programs in Tennessee. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

EMT-IV programs in Tennessee are offered for those wishing to sit for EMT-Basic licensing and for those wanting to continue on in medical areas such as nursing or physical therapy. Further EMT training, both EMT-Basic and paramedic levels, includes an understanding of current emergency medical techniques and protocols which can be gained through coursework, lab work and clinical field experiences within your program of studies.

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In Tennessee, you could start your EMT training by completing an EMT-IV program, which teaches you to correctly administer intravenous therapy. This program takes a semester to complete. You could also enroll in an EMT-Basic course, which prepares you for the state EMT licensure examination. This program takes between six and nine months to complete. A yearlong EMT-Paramedic certificate is also available. Explore the EMT programs at some 2-year public schools in TN below.

EMT-IV Training Programs in Tennessee

Columbia State Community College

Located in a town setting in Columbia, TN, southwest of Nashville, Columbia State Community College offers an EMT-IV training program. The course is 1 semester long and prepares students for further training in nursing, physical therapy and most commonly, paramedic training. Students must complete at least 96 hours of clinical training outside of the classroom as part of their training. Students work both individually and on teams in order to gain an understanding of lifesaving skills. Graduates are prepared to pass their EMT-IV licensing test.

  • Program Name: EMT-IV Program
  • Program Length: 1 semester
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,919 per year for residents; $15,319 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 5,100 students (all undergraduate)

Jackson State Community College

A small city campus located in west Tennessee, Jackson State Community College (JSCC) offers an EMT-Basic training program. Students must obtain a Basic Life Support (BLS) license prior to the start of EMT training. JSCC's 5 basic courses and an elective can be taken over 2 semesters and requires 26 credit hours for completion. Students are taught the EMT skills that are necessary in the field and required to obtain licensing. It's worth mentioning that although a 'C' grade will allow you to pass a course, students must score at least 80% on the final EMT course exam in order to be eligible for state board testing to receive your Tennessee EMT license.

  • Program Name: Basic EMT Certification
  • Program Length: 9 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,933 per year for residents; $15,333 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Must be 18 years old and hold a current Basic Life Support license
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 4,900 students (all undergraduate)

Volunteer State Community College

You can also choose to train to become an EMT on the rural campus of Volunteer State Community College, located south of the Kentucky border. It offers an EMT-Basic (IV) technical certificate program with 4 courses that can be taken in 1 semester. Courses are generally taken at off-campus locations. A maximum enrollment of 16 students is allowed per course. EMT courses focus on assessing and managing trauma situations in emergency environments. Graduates are eligible for the Tennessee EMT-Basic and EMT-IV Extended Skills licensing tests.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • Program Length: 6 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,925 per year for residents; $15,325 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Must be 18 years old and have a GED
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 7,700 students (all undergraduate)

Chattanooga State Community College

Located in the southernmost portion of Tennessee, Chattanooga State Community College (CSCC) offers an EMT certificate program. There are 16 credit hours in CSCC's EMT-Basic program. Their EMT training covers a total of about 240 clock hours in school and another 72-120 clock hours during clinical experience. Students also gain ambulance experience as part of this program. CSCC also offers Advanced EMT and Paramedic training programs as well, for those looking to continue their education at the same school.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 semester
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,973 per year for residents; $15,373 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Must be 18 years old
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 9,300 students (all undergraduate)

Paramedic Training Programs in Tennessee

Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State Community College's paramedic program consists of 50 credit hours completed in 3 consecutive semesters over 1 year. There are also 12 hours of clinical experience training required in the summer period. Students receive a technical paramedic certificate but also have the option to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree by completing additional courses. The school reports that, as of 2012, 95% of graduates from their 2009-2010 program were employed in the EMT field.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,925 per year for residents; $15,325 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Must have a current EMT-Basic license
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 7,700 students (all undergraduate)

Chattanooga State Community College

Sitting on the Georgia state line, CSCC offers a paramedic program that requires 44 credit hours, taken over 3 consecutive terms. CSCC's program consists of about 700 clock hours of classroom time, which includes lab and practical skills time, coupled with another 600-800 hours of clinical experience. These classes focus on the skills needed to render life support services to patients in emergency situations and during hospital transport. Graduates are prepared for national and state certification exams for paramedics. Those who complete the program can also apply credits toward a related Associate of Applied Science degree program in fire sciences or health services.

  • Program Name: Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,973 per year for residents; $15,373 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Current EMT-IV certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 9,300 students (all undergraduate)

If you want to complete both EMT-IV training and paramedic training at the same school, Volunteer State Community College and Chattanooga Community College have these programs available, and for EMT-IV training, Columbia State Community College and Jackson State Community College offer programs.

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