There are more than 20 schools in Georgia that offer paramedic training programs; the programs are available as associate's degree, certificate and diploma programs. Before enrolling in a paramedic program, students must already have EMT certification, though additional requirements may vary by school. All paramedic programs include clinical or practicum requirements in addition to classroom instruction and lab training; degree programs additionally include general education courses.
Albany Technical College
Students at this Albany school can earn a paramedicine technology diploma or paramedicine technology degree. Once students complete the 53 credits of core and skills studies, they can be awarded a diploma. With an additional 15 credits in general education, students can be awarded an associate's degree. Core classes include studies in cardiovascular care, resuscitation, trauma care, clinical studies and a field internship.
Athens Technical College
Students in Athens might consider this paramedic technology diploma program or earn an associate's degree. To participate in this school's diploma program, students must have EMT-I certification and a high school diploma or GED. Students must complete 63 credit hours of study to earn their diploma, including lectures, clinical studies and a field internship. Students may also earn an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology through a 70-credit program that includes general education courses. All paramedicine courses must be passed with at least a C grade to earn these awards.
Atlanta Technical College
In Atlanta, students can find a diploma program at Atlanta Technical College. To enroll in this program, students must be 18, have a high school diploma or GED, pass a criminal background check and have acceptable EMT certification. This is a 60-credit program that includes paramedicine foundation courses, clinical applications and an internship. Successfully completing the program makes students eligible to take the NREMT-P exam and earn their Georgia license.
Darton State College
In Albany, students at this school can earn an emergency medical services certificate. The program can be completed in 3 semesters, and graduates are eligible to take the NREMT-P exam. To participate in this program, students must have EMT certification or FAST-TRACK status and meet the program's health standards. The school also offers an Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services degree. Students first earn their certificate then go on to complete a series of general education courses to get their associate's degree.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Students in this college in Rome , GA, can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine. Students can earn this degree after completing 70 credits of coursework. Successfully completing the program qualifies students to take the NREMT-P exam. The curriculum includes lectures, clinical studies and a field internship, along with general education classes.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Students at this Clarkston institution can earn a diploma or a degree in paramedicine. The paramedicine technology diploma program was designed to help current EMT-Is and AEMTs advance to paramedic positions. This diploma can be earned through 60 credits of coursework, including internships and clinical application studies. Students who choose to complete another 15 credits in general education coursework can earn a paramedicine technology emergency medical services degree.
Gwinnett Technical College
To enroll in this Lawrenceville school's paramedicine diploma program, potential students must have Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate (EMT-I) certification. They'll also need to pass a criminal background check and drug screens before beginning the clinical portion. The diploma is a 60-credit program, while the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine program requires 70 credits of study, which includes general education coursework. Students also need to meet the same background check and drug screen requirements for this program that are found in the diploma program.
Savannah Technical College
To enroll in the paramedicine diploma program at this Savannah school, prospective students must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, have EMT-I or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) certification and show current CPR certification. This 60-credit program can be completed in 5 terms. The program includes a field internship and clinical studies, and students who successfully complete the program are qualified to take the NREMT-P exam.
Southern Crescent Technical College
Paramedicine diploma students at this Griffin college must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible for the program. Students complete 60 hours of coursework to earn this diploma, and classes include studies in cardiovascular care, pathophysiology and trauma care, as well as clinical studies and a field internship. A paramedicine associate's degree is also offered. The associate's degree can be earned through 70 hours of coursework that offers the diploma program's curriculum, along with general education courses.
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
In this Valdosta-based college, students may earn a diploma or a degree in paramedicine. To participate in the diploma program, students must have an EMT-I license with enhanced certifications or AEMT status. The curriculum includes 54 credits of occupational courses that include field internships, lectures and clinical practice, along with general education studies in math and English. Students who would prefer a degree program may earn an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine. This program includes the diploma curriculum along with 15 hours of general education coursework.
Georgia paramedics must have an Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P) license to work in this state. To learn about licensing criteria and requirements, prospective paramedics should contact the Georgia Department of Public Health.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paramedic Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Albany Technical College||2-year, public; small city|| Paramedic Technology Diploma,
AAS in Paramedic Technology
|$2,652 in-state, $4,792 out-of-state*|
|Athens Technical College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Paramedic Technology Diploma ,
AAS in Paramedic Technology
|$2,684 in-state, $4,820 out-of-state*|
|Atlanta Technical College||2-year, public; large city||Paramedicine Diploma||$2,746 in-state, $4,882 out-of-state*|
|Darton State College||2-year, public; small city|| Emergency Medical Services Certificate,
AAS in Emergency Medical Services
|$3,395 in-state, $9,470 out-of-state*|
|Georgia Northwestern Technical College||2-year, public; small city||AAS in Paramedicine||$2,684 in-state, $4,820 out-of-state*|
|Georgia Piedmont Technical College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Paramedicine Technology Diploma,
AAS in Paramedicine Technology
|$2,840 in-state, $4,976 out-of-state*|
|Gwinnett Technical College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine||$2,796 in-state, $4,932 out-of-state*|
|Savannah Technical College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Paramedicine Diploma.
AAS in Paramedicine
|$2,654 in-state, $4,790 out-of-state*|
|Southern Crescent Technical College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Paramedicine Diploma,
AAS in Paramedicine
|$4,122 in-state, $7,326 out-of-state*|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; small suburb|| Paramedicine Diploma,
AAS in Paramedicine
|$2,734 in-state, $4,870 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.