EMT Training in Salt Lake City with School Information and Options

Oct 20, 2021

Salt Lake City Schools with EMT Training Programs

Several schools in the Salt Lake City area offer EMT and paramedic certificate programs at several levels, and one has an associate's degree program. These programs meet Utah standards for certification. This article explores the programs at three schools, none more than 40 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. There is also a table of information about the schools, which can help students decide on a program. This table covers topics such as school size, costs, graduation rates and percentage of applicants who are accepted. At the end of the article is information about one more Salt Lake City-area school that offers EMT training.

  • About 22 miles from downtown, Davis Technical College is closest to downtown Salt Lake City. This school offers two EMT courses.
  • Mountainland Technical College is approximately 27 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. It has two EMT certificate programs.
  • Weber State University has the most diverse selection of EMT training programs, with three certificate programs and an associate's degree program. Weber State is around 34 miles from Salt Lake City's downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Students need to look at many aspects of a school as they make a decision on their education. The following table presents data about important considerations in a format that invites comparison of the three schools.

Davis Technical College Mountainland Technical College Weber State University
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2019)* 3,706 3,222 29,644
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Small city
Tuition and Fees EMT Course: $1,599; Advanced EMT Course: $1,723 (2021-2022)** EMT-Basic $1,013; Advanced EMT: $894 (2020-2021)*** $5,986 in-state; $15,969 out-of-state (2019-2020)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019)* 62% 24% 91%
Acceptance Rate (2019) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2019)* 68% for full-time students, 57% for part-time students 93% for full-time students, 71% for part-time students 66% for full-time students, 42% for part-time student
Graduation Rate* 64% (Fall 2016-2017 start date) 70% (Fall 2016-2017 start date) 34%, 23% transfer-out rate (Fall 2013 start date)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Davis Technical College, ***Mountainland Technical College.

Davis Technical College

This school's EMT program covers concepts through a combination of clinical work and classroom-based training. Students enrolling in this program are required to be cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certified.

Emergency Medical Technician Course

In this 150-hour course, students can expect to learn about minimizing patient discomfort, airway management, injury assessment, triage techniques, bandaging and medication administration.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Course

Students enrolling in this 150-hour course are required to have EMT-Basic certification. Topics covered include patient assessment, emergency childbirth, advanced life support, intravenous therapy, cardiac arrest, defibrillator use and airway management.

Mountainland Technical College

Before students can begin in any of this school's EMT programs, they must have CPR certification from the American Heart Association. Classroom-based lessons and clinical work will provide students with hands-on skills development.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate of Proficiency

Completing this program allows students to take the Utah EMT-Basic certification exam, as well as become nationally registered. Students learn how to treat patients at the scene and in transit. Program topics include triage, shock, trauma emergencies, patient extraction, basic first aid and life support, bleeding control and airway management procedures. Students can expect this program to last 225 hours over a four-month period.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate of Proficiency

Designed for the development of the advanced skills needed for graduates to become certified at this level, this program requires students to have previously completed a Utah EMT program. Training sessions cover cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies, allergic relations, hemorrhages, airway management, overdoses, medication administration and diabetic emergencies. Students are required to complete 135 course hours.

Weber State University

Although theoretical concepts are covered in the classroom, this school places an emphasis on professional skills development through laboratory course components and clinical work.

Emergency Medical Technician EMT-Basic Certification Program

This 6-credit hour program consists of an EMT-Basic course and a related laboratory course component. This program meets U.S. Department of Transportation and state standards for certification. For an additional fee, students can choose to take the state EMT-Basic certification exam after graduation. This program covers emergency situation assessment processes, immediate care techniques, interpersonal relationship skills and transportation needs.

Advanced EMT Certification Program

This program follows U.S. Department of Transportation curriculum standards that help students qualify to take EMT-Advanced certification exams. Students will need to pass 2 EMT - Intermediate courses and 2 related laboratory course components. A total of 8 credit hours are needed for program completion. Students are required to be EMT-Basic certified. Courses and laboratory components allow students to operate ambulances, participate in real emergencies, work with an advanced life support rescue unit and develop psychomotor skills.

Paramedic Certification Program

This program requires students to complete prerequisite courses in medical terminology, algebra, college writing, physiology and anatomy prior to enrollment. Students will need to hold a state EMT certification before starting this program.

In addition to the EMT-Basic course, students will encounter topics in medical and trauma emergencies, special considerations, pharmacology, airway management, crime scene and hazardous materials awareness, patient interaction and rescue awareness. If students are completing this program through distance education, they need to pass additional EMT Advanced and cardiac life support courses. Students must also take the national EMT-Paramedic certification exam to complete the paramedic internship.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Studies

State EMT certification is required prior to enrollment. In addition to the same courses found in the EMT-Paramedic program, students are required to take courses in substance abuse prevention, social problems, communication, psychology and pathophysiology. Between 60 and 63 credit hours are needed to complete this program. Before the end of the paramedic internship, students must take the national EMT-Paramedic certification exam.

Other School Options

Students can find a paramedic and EMT program at Utah Valley University. Located approximately 41 miles from Salt Lake City in Provo, the university also offers an EMT course that meets the requirements for EMT-Basic certification testing.

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