Which Oregon Schools Offer EMT Training Programs?

Find out which Oregon schools offer EMT training programs. See requirements, prerequisites and school information, and learn about the job prospects for an EMT career in Oregon. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

In Oregon, you can pursue training to become an EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic through a 2-year, public school. A certificate program for EMTs could require between six months and one year to complete. These programs prepare you to take the basic EMT certification exam. A 2-year associate's degree program is also offered, and it requires you to complete general education classes. The associate's program prepares you for EMT-paramedic certification exams. Both types of programs are available at community colleges.


EMT-Basic Training Programs in Oregon

Blue Mountain Community College

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year, full-time
  • Tuition: $85 per credit for Oregon, California, Idaho, Washington, Montana and Nevada residents, $255 per credit for residents of other states, fee of $160 per term (as of 2012, excluding some fees)
  • Requirements: Placement assessment, math and chemistry courses, 18 or older to sit for certification exam
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 2,700 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 2411 NW Carden Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801
  • Phone: (541) 276-1260

Located in Pendleton, OR, Blue Mountain Community College offers an EMT Certificate training program. This is a three consecutive term program that consists of 59 credit hours and can be finished in one school year. Technically, this certificate program covers both EMT-Basic training and the first year of paramedic training.You'll take classes in areas such as anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and crisis scene management. EMT courses are taught in accordance with Oregon state guidelines, and, upon graduation, you'll qualify to take the EMT-Basic certification exams. You can also opt to pursue an associate's degree to become a paramedic.

Chemeketa Community College

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician
  • Program Length: 2 terms, full-time
  • Tuition: $90 per credit for Oregon residents, $252 per credit for nonresidents (as of 2012, excludes fees)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or its equivalent, current CPR certification for BLS healthcare providers
  • Requirements: Placement tests in reading, writing and math, must be 18 years old for second term, proof of current immunizations by week 8, technical standards form attesting to physical fitness, program-approved uniform, clean background check
  • School Type: 2-year, public; over 12,500 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305
  • Phone: (503) 399-5000

Chemeketa Community College offers EMT and paramedic training. The EMT training program meets standards set by the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners and takes place over two consecutive terms. This program features both lectures and lab courses. If you pass, you'll be qualified to take the NREMT EMT-Basic certification examinations.

Mt. Hood Community College

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician
  • Program Length: 6 months, full-time
  • Tuition: $1,545 per course (as of 2012, excluding fees)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Requirements: Ability to lift at least 100 pounds, clean background check, placement test scores of 115 in reading and writing and 60 in math
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 8,400 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 1484 N.W. Civic Drive, Gresham, OR 97030
  • Phone: (503) 491-6422

Mt. Hood Community College's EMT classes meet at the Gresham campus and are taught twice per year. Through this course, you can learn how to conduct physical exams, perform defibrillation, assess trauma and administer medication to patients. Upon graduation, you'll qualify to take the national certification exams for EMT-Basic.

Lane Community College

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year, full-time
  • Tuition: $84 per credit for state residents, $213 per credit for nonresidents and international students (as of 2012, excluding fees)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Requirements: At least 18 years old, able to pass a criminal background check, current health insurance, proof if measles, rubella and hepatitis B vaccinations, TB test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 12,200 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405
  • Phone: (541) 463-3000

Located in Eugene, OR, Lane Community College offers an EMT Certificate program. This 1-year program requires 50 credit hours to complete. Courses include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and emergency rescue and response training. Upon graduation, you can take the EMT-Basic certification exams. Additionally, graduates of this program qualify to enter the second year of the EMT-Paramedic training program at any Oregon school participating in certificate of completion transferability.


EMT-Paramedic Training Programs in Oregon

Chemeketa Community College

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
  • Tuition: $90 per credit for Oregon residents, $252 per credit for nonresidents (as of 2012, excludes fees)
  • Prerequisites: Eligible for EMT certification, current CPR provider certification, completion of prerequisite courses, which include EMT-Basic, anatomy and physiology, emergency services or emergency medical services introductory class, EMT or fire service rescue, crisis intervention, emergency response or fire incident class, psychology or human relations, English composition, elementary algebra and public speaking
  • Requirements: Proof of current immunizations by week 8, technical standards form attesting to physical fitness, program-approved uniform, clean background check
  • School Type: 2-year, public; over 12,500 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305
  • Phone: (503) 399-5000

Chemeketa Community College offers paramedic training as part of an associate degree program. While enrolled, you'll complete roughly 300 hours of hospital clinical experience, as well as 480-600 hours of a field internship. Successfully completing the program makes you eligible to take the EMT-Paramedic certification exams. Take note that the estimated total cost for this program, including books and fees, adds up to approximately $4,333, as of 2012.

Lane Community College

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
  • Tuition: $84 per credit for state residents, $213 per credit for nonresidents and international students (as of 2012, excluding fees)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or its equivalent, current Oregon EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate certification
  • Requirements: At least 18 years old, able to pass a criminal background check, current health insurance, proof if measles, rubella and hepatitis B vaccinations, TB test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 12,200 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405
  • Phone: (541) 463-3000

Lane Community College's paramedic training program requires two years of full-time study to complete. You'll take EMT-Basic courses during the first year and EMT-Paramedic courses throughout the second year. Other courses you'll take include anatomy and physiology, crisis intervention and emergency response documentation, to name a few. Graduates are prepared to take the EMT-Paramedic certification exams. Be advised that the yearly costs for the program are approximately $2,700, in addition to the cost of tuition.


Oregon EMT Requirements

Before learning about EMT training programs, find out the requirements to become an EMT in Oregon. To earn EMT-Basic certification, you must complete a state-approved EMT-Basic training program and pass the EMT-Basic certification exams administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Earning EMT-Paramedic certification requires that you hold EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate certification, complete an approved EMT-Paramedic course and pass the NREMT EMT-Paramedic certification exams. To apply for either type of certification, you must have completed your educational training program within the previous two years. You're also required complete continuing education to maintain your EMT license and keep legally performing your job duties. You must be at least 18 years old to work in this field, which is the same age you must be to take the certification exams.

Salary and Career Information for EMTs

Oregon EMTs and paramedics made an average salary just shy of $38,000 per year in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). When compared to the national average earnings of about $34,000 per year for this career, EMTs in Oregon are better paid. Additionally, the BLS predicted that jobs for EMTs and paramedics would increase 33% from 2010-2020, which is significantly faster than that of the average career in the U.S.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

  • 1. Degree Options:

Popular Schools

 More Schools