Paramedic Schools in Kentucky with Training Program Information

Kentucky has 15 schools that offer paramedic programs. Learn about the training programs, tuition information and program options for 7 of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

Kentucky is home to 53 public and not-for-profit private schools, and 15 of them offer paramedic training programs, 7 of which are profiled below. Admission to a paramedic certificate or associate's degree program requires a number of things: possess a high school diploma, be at least 18 years old, hold an EMT-Basic certification, be physically fit, have a valid driver's license, know basic English comprehension and have current immunizations. While classroom training addresses the topics a paramedic will encounter, these programs include a series of clinical work to get field experience.


Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond has an Associate of Science in Paramedicine degree program and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care with a Paramedic Science concentration program. The associate's degree program is 64 credit hours, with 39 of those credit hours being in major requirements, while the bachelor's degree program is 120 credit hours, 48 of which are dedicated to the major. These programs share much of the same coursework. For example, paramedicine students can take classes on cardiac life support, pediatric life support, trauma, medical emergencies and pharmacology.

Gateway Community and Technical College

Located in Florence, Gateway Community and Technical College offers an EMS - Paramedic Certificate and an associate's degree in EMS - Paramedic. There are several different tracks to choose from for the paramedic programs, depending on if the student is already a certified paramedic or not. As part of the paramedic technology curriculum, students have to complete clinical requirements and finish a field internship.

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Students at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville can earn an EMS - Paramedic Associate in Applied Science degree and an EMS - Paramedic Certificate. To graduate from the associate's degree program, 63-67 credit hours have to be completed. After an introductory paramedicine class, students take coursework on emergency pharmacology, cardiac and trauma emergencies, special populations and EMS operations. Along with lectures, students in this program complete internships, clinical experiences and laboratory assignments.

Owensboro Community and Technical College

In Owensboro, this school is home to a certificate and an associate's degree program in EMS - Paramedic. These programs have selective admissions. In the certificate program, 44-49 credit hours are required, while the associate's degree program requires 63-71 credit hours' worth of coursework. The paramedic technology faculty members at this school attempt to prepare students to work in on-site industrial units, fire departments, mobile advanced life support units and ambulances.

Somerset Community College

Students residing in Somerset can pursue an EMS - Paramedic Certificate and an EMS - Paramedic Associate's of Applied Science degree at the local community college. Administering medication, starting interosseous and intravenous lines, intubation, defibrillation and needle decompression are all skills students can acquire by completing this school's program. Requiring 46-47 credit hours, the paramedic certificate curriculum here addresses the following topics: traumatic experiences, emergency medical services operations, dosage calculations and medical terminology.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Students can enroll in a paramedic associate's degree program by attending the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah. After some introductory classes on physiology, anatomy, management principles and medical terminology, students can then spend time on several paramedic classes. In addition to 3 courses on paramedic practice, there is also a field internship and a clinical practicum in this program's curriculum.

Western Kentucky University

An associate's degree paramedic program can be found at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Students are trained to identify injuries and illnesses in emergency situations and then provide appropriate care. In addition to qualifying to take the paramedic certification examinations, students who complete this program can earn credentials in pre-hospital trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.

Career Requirements

In addition to completing a formal training program to meet licensing requirements, paramedics need to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) or Kentucky State certification examination, hold CPR certification, pass a background check and pay the necessary licensing fees. Each of the programs featured in this article meets the state's licensing requirements.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Paramedic Training Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Eastern Kentucky University 4-year, public; distant town Associate of Science in Paramedicine,
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care with Paramedic Science concentration
$8,150 (in-state),
$17,640 (out-of-state)*
Gateway Community and Technical College 2-year, public; large suburb EMS - Paramedic Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in EMS - Paramedic
$3,704 (in-state),
$12,536 (out-of-state)*
Jefferson Community and Technical College 2-year, public; large suburb EMS - Paramedic Certificate,
EMS - Paramedic Associate in Applied Science
$3,704 (in-state),
$12,536 (out-of-state)*
Owensboro Community and Technical College 2-year, public; fringe rural EMS - Paramedic Certificate,
EMS - Paramedic Associate in Applied Science
$3,624 (in-state),
$12,456 (out-of-state)*
Somerset Community College 2-year, public; remote town EMS - Paramedic Certificate,
EMS - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science
$3,624 (in-state),
$12,456 (out-of-state)*
West Kentucky Community and Technical College 2-year, public; remote town EMS - Paramedic Associate in Applied Science $3,624 (in-state),
$12,456 (out-of-state)*
Western Kentucky University 4-year, public; small city Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine $9,482 (in-state),
$24,132 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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