St. Petersburg College and 19 other Florida state colleges are among the top institutions in the U.S. providing the best return on investment to emergency medical technician (EMT) graduates.
Fire Science Online recently identified the programs that offer the best value as a way to help students and families make informed decisions.
“People’s lives depend on the quality of care provided by EMTs and paramedics,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “I commend our colleges for providing the job training needed to ensure the needs of our state are met while helping graduates achieve significant return on their investments.”
Since 2006, 88% of the graduates from SPC’s Emergency Medical Technician program have found jobs in the field, continued their education or entered the military.
“St. Petersburg College’s EMS program has a long tradition of excellence, with many of our graduates holding leadership positions in EMS and public safety agencies,” said Nerina J. Stepanovsky, program director and professor of EMS. “Our graduates make a difference in people’s lives every day. We will continue to offer high quality education to our EMT and paramedic students, leading to challenging employment and continuing education/degree options.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for paramedics and emergency medical technicians will grow by 33 percent between 2010 and 2020.
Florida led the rankings as the state with the most institutions named to the top 80. Besides SPC, the other top Florida programs were at Broward College, College of Central Florida, Santa Fe College, Hillsborough Community College, Eastern Florida State College, Pensacola State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Tallahassee Community College, Gulf Coast State College, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Northwest Florida State College,Valencia College, Palm Beach State College, Miami Dade College, Seminole State College of Florida, Polk State College, Indian River State College, Edison State College and Daytona State College.
More than 1,100 colleges in the U.S. offer EMT programs. Fire Science Online identified programs with the highest return on investment using national salary, tuition, enrollment and accreditation data. The list recognizes the institutions with significantly lower-than-average tuition rates in states where graduates are well paid.
“The cost of attending college is a concern for many students and their families,” said Chancellor Hanna. “I am extremely proud of our colleges for offering affordable, high-quality EMT programs that reward students with a good return on investment.”
The Florida College System shares graduation rates, employment statistics and earnings data for all programs through the Smart College Choices web portal.
For more information, view Fire Science Online’s rankings.
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