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Paramedic School: Programs, Courses and Training Information

Paramedic schools typically offer both certificate and associate degree programs that prepare students for careers in emergency medical services. Upon completion of an accredited paramedic program, individuals are eligible to sit for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) certification exam.

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Certificate and associate's degree programs that prepare students to work as paramedics can be found at community colleges and specialized emergency medical services academies. In many cases, the Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science program is an extension of the certificate program.

10 Schools with EMT-Paramedic Programs

The following schools offer EMT-Paramedic Programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
American River College Sacramento, California 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,104 In-state
$7,440 Out-of-state
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, New Mexico 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,448 In-state
$6,704 Out-of-state
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, California 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,598 In-state
$7,554 Out-of-state
Columbus State Community College Columbus, Ohio 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$3,808 In-state
$8,430 Out-of-state
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, New York 2-year, Public Associate's $5,170 In-state
$8,050 Out-of-state
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, Iowa 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$3,913 In-state
$7,825 Out-of-state
El Camino Community College District Torrance, California 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,142 In-state
$5,678 Out-of-state
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, Florida 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate
Associate's
$2,830 In-state
$9,944 Out-of-state
Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$6,015 In-district
$7,500 In-state
$8,940 Out-of-state
Macomb Community College Warren, Michigan 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$3,169 In-district
$4,945 In-state
$6,641 Out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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School Selection Criteria

Students complete their core training first, and then proceed to satisfy general education requirements and finish out paramedic coursework. When seeking a school in this field, consider the following:

  • Search for a program that is nationally accredited.
  • Consider a school that allows easy transfer from a certificate to a degree program.
  • Look for a program that prepares its students to sit for and pass all relevant licensing exams.

Paramedic Certificate

Paramedic certificate programs combine classroom lectures and applied skill labs with clinical experiences in a variety of settings, including hospitals and ambulances. They're designed to train aspiring paramedics to provide advanced life support in emergency situations, including IV initiation and drug administration.

Paramedic Associate's Degree

Associate degree programs in paramedicine teach advanced emergency medical skills such as emergency care, trauma assessment and patient stabilization. They prepare students for management-level careers in pre-hospital care settings and health administration agencies. In addition to the core paramedic curriculum, students complete a number of general education courses, such as English composition, mathematics, general psychology and business. They also gain extensive clinical field experiences that prepare them to recognize, assess and manage medical emergencies of injured or acutely ill patients.

Paramedic schools prepare students to take and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam. These programs explore topics such as patient assessment, medical emergency management and anatomy.

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