80 EMT Programs with High ROI

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) is projected to grow by 33% between 2010 and 2020. This unprecedented growth rate — more than double the average growth rate for all occupations — is a result of post-secondary EMT programs increasing in both quality and quantity. But with so many different programs available, students now have the difficult job of choosing the school that will reward them with the highest possible return on their college investment. Any of the 80 colleges and universities below would be excellent choices for financially-conscious students.

Using only the most trusted data, we crafted this list of the EMT programs with the highest degree value in the country. The institutions included on our list have annual tuition rates below $10,000 — this figure includes tuition only; some colleges may have other fees associated with enrollment — and graduates from any of these schools that pursue careers in the EMT and Paramedic field can expect to make at least three times that amount yearly.

For a more comprehensive look at how we built our list, please read our methodology page.

Rank Photo Name Salary Tuition Total Enrollment City State
1 College of the Sequoias College of the Sequoias $34,210 $728 18,665 Visalia California
2 Butte College Butte College $34,210 $864 17,877 Oroville California
3 East Los Angeles College East Los Angeles College $34,210 $958 54,962 Monterey Park California
4 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa Junior College $34,210 $980 36,845 Santa Rosa California
5 Bakersfield College Bakersfield College $34,210 $1,008 27,426 Bakersfield California
6 Los Medanos College Los Medanos College $34,210 $1,008 14,574 Pittsburg California
7 Skyline College Skyline College $34,210 $1,080 16,298 San Bruno California
8 Navarro College Navarro College $31,980 $1,080 15,272 Corsicana Texas
9 Central New Mexico Community College Central New Mexico Community College $34,740 $1,158 43,062 Albuquerque New Mexico
10 San Jacinto Community College San Jacinto Community College $31,980 $1,512 41,792 Pasadena Texas
11 Eastern Arizona College Eastern Arizona College $31,150 $1,600 10,426 Thatcher Arizona
12 El Paso Community College El Paso Community College $31,980 $1,608 41,768 El Paso Texas
13 New Mexico State University-Dona Ana New Mexico State University-Dona Ana $34,740 $1,608 13,358 Las Cruces New Mexico
14 Yavapai College Yavapai College $31,150 $1,608 12,973 Prescott Arizona
15 Austin Community College District Austin Community College District $31,980 $1,635 77,953 Austin Texas
16 Arizona Western College Arizona Western College $31,150 $1,680 13,344 Yuma Arizona
17 West Georgia Technical College West Georgia Technical College $30,340 $1,800 12,507 Waco Georgia
18 Gwinnett Technical College Gwinnett Technical College $30,340 $1,800 11,010 Lawrenceville Georgia
19 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Northwestern Technical College $30,340 $1,800 10,411 Rome Georgia
20 Broward College Broward College $32,650 $1,810 60,085 Fort Lauderdale Florida
21 College of Central Florida College of Central Florida $32,650 $1,819 12,325 Ocala Florida
22 Mesa Community College Mesa Community College $31,150 $1,824 41,836 Mesa Arizona
23 Glendale Community College Glendale Community College $31,150 $1,824 32,962 Glendale Arizona
24 Phoenix College Phoenix College $31,150 $1,824 21,392 Phoenix Arizona
25 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale Community College $31,150 $1,824 17,702 Scottsdale Arizona
26 Paradise Valley Community College Paradise Valley Community College $31,150 $1,824 16,046 Phoenix Arizona
27 Santa Fe College Santa Fe College $32,650 $1,840 21,793 Gainesville Florida
28 Hillsborough Community College Hillsborough Community College $32,650 $1,875 40,213 Tampa Florida
29 Brevard Community College Brevard Community College $32,650 $1,892 25,283 Cocoa Florida
30 Pensacola State College Pensacola State College $32,650 $1,954 17,485 Pensacola Florida
31 Florida State College at Jacksonville Florida State College at Jacksonville $32,650 $1,995 49,670 Jacksonville Florida
32 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee Community College $32,650 $1,997 21,176 Tallahassee Florida
33 Gulf Coast State College Gulf Coast State College $32,650 $2,042 10,716 Panama City Florida
34 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City Community College $31,530 $2,146 22,522 Oklahoma City Oklahoma
35 Houston Community College Houston Community College $31,980 $2,160 92,869 Houston Texas
36 Pasco-Hernando Community College Pasco-Hernando Community College $32,650 $2,188 15,065 New Port Richey Florida
37 Northwest Florida State College Northwest Florida State College $32,650 $2,256 11,803 Niceville Florida
38 Tyler Junior College Tyler Junior College $31,980 $2,280 15,806 Tyler Texas
39 Valencia College Valencia College $32,650 $2,300 59,259 Orlando Florida
40 Palm Beach State College Palm Beach State College $32,650 $2,304 43,530 Lake Worth Florida
41 St Petersburg College St Petersburg College $32,650 $2,324 43,534 Largo Florida
42 Miami Dade College Miami Dade College $32,650 $1,235 (One Semester) 99,232 Miami Florida
43 Seminole State College of Florida Seminole State College of Florida $32,650 $2,365 26,884 Sanford Florida
44 Polk State College Polk State College $32,650 $2,373 15,150 Winter Haven Florida
45 Indian River State College Indian River State College $32,650 $2,376 26,197 Fort Pierce Florida
46 El Centro College El Centro College $31,980 $2,490 19,312 Dallas Texas
47 Edison State College Edison State College $32,650 $2,508 24,097 Fort Myers Florida
48 Front Range Community College Front Range Community College $39,560 $2,540 30,268 Westminster Colorado
49 Community College of Denver Community College of Denver $39,560 $2,540 19,455 Denver Colorado
50 Arapahoe Community College Arapahoe Community College $39,560 $2,540 18,336 Littleton Colorado
51 Red Rocks Community College Red Rocks Community College $39,560 $2,540 15,229 Lakewood Colorado
52 Pueblo Community College Pueblo Community College $39,560 $2,541 12,224 Pueblo Colorado
53 Lone Star College System Lone Star College System $31,980 $2,640 86,966 The Woodlands Texas
54 Delgado Community College Delgado Community College $36,790 $2,640 26,924 New Orleans Louisiana
55 Colorado Mountain College Colorado Mountain College $39,560 $2,670 10,740 Glenwood Springs Colorado
56 NorthWest Arkansas Community College NorthWest Arkansas Community College $30,110 $2,820 12,190 Bentonville Arkansas
57 Daytona State College Daytona State College $32,650 $3,074 25,231 Daytona Beach Florida
58 Southwest Tennessee Community College Southwest Tennessee Community College $31,780 $3,096 19,989 Memphis Tennessee
59 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga State Community College $31,780 $3,096 13,549 Chattanooga Tennessee
60 Volunteer State Community College Volunteer State Community College $31,780 $3,096 12,351 Gallatin Tennessee
61 Seattle Community College-North Campus Seattle Community College-North Campus $50,980 $3,152 11,345 Seattle Washington
62 Community College of Aurora Community College of Aurora $39,560 $3,175 11,652 Aurora Colorado
63 Dixie State College of Utah Dixie State College of Utah $35,180 $3,288 11,387 Saint George Utah
64 Chemeketa Community College Chemeketa Community College $38,450 $3,465 22,782 Salem Oregon
65 College of Southern Idaho College of Southern Idaho $30,830 $3,640 13,727 Twin Falls Idaho
66 Hudson Valley Community College Hudson Valley Community College $39,210 $3,700 19,325 Troy New York
67 Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo Valley Community College $30,150 $4,092 17,572 Kalamazoo Michigan
68 Arkansas Tech University Arkansas Tech University $30,110 $4,320 11,783 Russellville Arkansas
69 Lansing Community College Lansing Community College $30,150 $4,740 31,462 Lansing Michigan
70 South Texas College South Texas College $31,980 $4,935 36,951 McAllen Texas
71 City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College $48,350 $5,207 19,590 Chicago Illinois
72 City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College $48,350 $5,207 13,065 Chicago Illinois
73 Pikes Peak Community College Pikes Peak Community College $39,560 $6,042 21,987 Colorado Springs Colorado
74 Prairie State College Prairie State College $48,350 $6,192 12,010 Chicago Heights Illinois
75 Southwestern Illinois College Southwestern Illinois College $48,350 $6,468 24,685 Belleville Illinois
76 Triton College Triton College $48,350 $7,314 23,343 River Grove Illinois
77 Elgin Community College Elgin Community College $48,350 $8,064 19,357 Elgin Illinois
78 Harper College Harper College $48,350 $8,628 28,292 Palatine Illinois
79 South Suburban College South Suburban College $48,350 $8,640 15,724 South Holland Illinois
80 College of DuPage College of DuPage $48,350 $9,157 48,128 Glen Ellyn Illinois