Online EMT Classes and Schools
Online EMT courses are designed for initial licensure, licensure renewal, advanced certification and instruction development. Learn about school programs, topics of study and professional licensure requirements.
What You Need to Know
There are a number of courses in emergency medical services available through distance learning. If you're already certified as an EMT, these online courses can be used to meet refresher course requirements to maintain certification.
|Schools||Eastern Kentucky University, Randolph Community College, University of California Los Angeles Center for Prehospital Care|
|Classes||Basic EKG, infection control, patient assessment, soft tissue injuries, respiratory emergencies, triage, congestive heart failure (CHF), kinematics of trauma, hypoperfusion (shock), 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)|
|Certification/Licensing||Certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) required for EMT licensure in most states|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Types of Schools Offer Online Programs?
You may find online EMT courses offered through continuing education and professional enrichment programs at community colleges. Some state universities may also make online programs available through health and education departments. Other programs are presented in hybrid format. Since licensing requirements vary by state, you might apply to a local online program or check in advance that your state board approves any courses or programs of interest. In addition to the institutions listed above, some other schools that provide online EMT courses include:
- Maricopa Community Colleges
- Rockingham Community College
- Lewis-Clark State College
- College of the Desert
- The College of Davidson and Davie Counties
What Will I Learn in an Online EMT Class?
Online classes may introduce you to various types of emergency situations or provide strategies for assisting patients with a range of injuries or other medical issues, such as cardiac emergencies, musculoskeletal injuries, spinal injuries, and overdose or substance abuse issues. In addition to EMT refresher courses, you can take classes that cover airway emergencies and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) procedures completely online or in a hybrid format. Other topics likely to be addressed include:
- EMS systems
- Patient assessment
- Taking vital signs
- Patient transportation
- Trauma management
How Will Online Classes Help Me?
You can earn continuing education credits to fulfill your state licensing requirements through distance learning. If you're new to the field, hybrid programs that combine hands-on training with online theory courses are also available to help you earn your initial EMT license.
If you're an EMT instructor, you might be interested in online training to refresh your knowledge and update your teaching skills. Online classes teach you how to design PowerPoint presentations, engage students at different levels of ability, integrate creative assignments and develop leadership skills. These professional development classes are useful to all educators, but you'll also learn strategies and activities specific to EMT training.