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Paramedicine Schools: How to Choose

Paramedics are emergency medical technicians (EMTs) with advanced training. Certified EMTs aspiring to become paramedics may enroll in certificate and associate's degree programs in paramedicine across the United States.

Many paramedicine programs require students to log around 700 clinical experience hours. Such programs may be found at teaching hospitals, health sciences schools, community colleges and technical schools.

Schools with Paramedicine Programs

The following schools offer paramedicine programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)
Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas 4-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$6,192 In-state
$11,352 Out-of-state
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate
Associate's
$2,753 In-state
$8,875 Out-of-state
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate
Associate's
$2,805 In-state
$9,450 Out-of-state
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, Colorado 4-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$7,474 In-state
$18,072 Out-of-state
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, Michigan 4-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$10,580 In-state
$15,788 Out-of-state
Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, Pennsylvania 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
$15,810 In-state
$22,470 Out-of-state
Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, Maryland 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$4,464 In-district
$7,374 In-state
$12,024 Out-of-state
Bakersfield College Bakersfield, California 2-year, Public Non-Credit Vocational Program $5,000 (total program cost)
Bismarck State College Bismarck, North Dakota 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate
Associate's
$3,604 In-state
$8,383 Out-of-state
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,770 In-district
$3,330 In-state
$5,220 Out-of-state

Sources: NCES College Navigator; School websites

School Selection Criteria

Setting them apart from EMTs, paramedics receive advanced training and can administer shots, use advanced life support methods and give patients medication. Important considerations when choosing a paramedicine program include:

  • Students should consider what hands-on training the program offers. Many programs require clinical rotations where students observe a variety of emergency situations, including childbirth and airway management.
  • Look for programs that use role-playing techniques to help with the transition from the classroom to real-life medical emergencies.
  • Many programs require applicants to have an active EMT license. Furthermore, paramedicine programs may give priority to individuals currently employed as emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.
  • Students who want scheduling flexibility may look into hybrid programs, which offer some online coursework.

Certificate Programs

Programs are typically between 35-45 credit hours, which can be completed in as few as 6 months. Because of the intensive curriculum, which can involve lectures, laboratories and a clinical internship, students may be advised to not work full-time while enrolled. In some cases, courses offered through a certificate program may be applied toward an associate's degree in paramedicine.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine Programs

Paramedicine associate's degree programs require around 60-70 credit hours and may be ideal for EMTs who wish to complete their degrees. Students will need to complete clinical training and an internship with an EMS service. Some programs may require applicants to hold a paramedicine certificate prior to admission. Prerequisites may vary.

Paramedicine programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs provide hands-on training in areas such as medical emergency, trauma emergency, airway management, anatomy and physiology.


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