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Gwinnett Tech EMT program ranked No. 18

LAWRENCEVILLE — A website dedicated to the public safety industry has ranked Gwinnett Technical College’s Emergency Medical Technician program among the best in the country.

The list was compiled by Fire Science Online of the 80 EMT programs with a high return on investment for students, and Gwinnett Tech’s program was ranked No. 18 in the country. The list, published on www.firescience.org, was for institutions that have annual tuition rates below $10,000. Fire Science said graduates from the schools that pursue careers in the EMT and paramedic fields could expect to make at least $30,000 annually.

Gwinnett Tech was ranked just behind the West Georgia Technical College program in Waco, and immediately ahead of the program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree in Paramedicine, a diploma in Paramedicine and EMT Professions and certificate options for Emergency Medical Responder, EMT, and Advanced EMT.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT’s Examination for national certification and receive a state license. The program was the first in the state to be nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Graduates of the Gwinnett Tech program make a salary of $30,340, according to Fire Science Online. The program’s enrollment is 11,010, and its tuition is $1,800.