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CF No. 21 in Nation for Degree Value of EMT Program

Sept. 9, 2013

 The Emergency Medical Technician program at the College of Central Florida is ranked No. 21 in the U.S. for highest degree value, according to Fire Science Online, a resource for education and career information. CF is No. 2 in Florida, following Broward College.

Fire Science Online identified 80 EMT degree programs with high return on investment. CF met the criteria as a fully accredited, four-year degree-granting institution with at least 5,000 students enrolled and tuition below $10,000.

“Graduates from these colleges and universities who become EMTs can expect annual incomes at least three times the cost of one year of school,” said Matt Davis, managing director of Communications and Partnerships for Fire Science Online. “College of Central Florida ranks among the very best schools for return on investment.”

Employment of paramedics and EMTs is projected to grow by 33 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This unprecedented growth rate — more than double the average growth rate for all occupations — is a result of postsecondary EMT programs increasing in both quality and quantity, according to Fire Science Online.

CF received the Excellence in Emergency Medical Services Award for Educator of the Year in 2011 from the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. CF has also been recognized as one of the top 10 percent of all community colleges in the nation for quality by the Aspen Institute; No. 8 in the nation for overall affordability by the U.S. Department of Education; and Best Student-Teacher Ratio among Florida College System institutions by College Database.

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