How to Become a Paramedic in South Florida: Career Education Overview

Jan 02, 2019

There are several schools within the south Florida area that have paramedic training programs. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

There are a few dozen schools across the state that offer paramedic and emergency medical services training, with at least three in the southern Florida area that offer that training. Programs lead to the award of a diploma, certificate or an associate's degree; degree programs include general education classes in addition to paramedic training. Training takes place through classroom instruction, practice on dummies and other students and fieldwork experiences.

  • Broward College offers training programs that can help aspiring paramedics attain the education required for entry-level employment. As of 2018, courses are being offered at Central Campus in Davie and North Campus in Coconut Creek.
  • City College's Hollywood campus features an associate's degree program that focuses on emergency medical services.
  • Palm Beach State College offers a degree, certificate and diploma program related to paramedic training at the Lake Worth Campus.

School Comparison Chart

The table below contains important facts and figures about each of these three schools.

Broward College City College - Hollywood Palm Beach State College
School Type 4-year, primarily associate's, public 2-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, primarily associate's, public
Campus Setting Midsize city Large suburb Large suburb
Total Enrollment (2018)* 40,754 255 30,052
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-18)* $1,415 (in state); $4,476 (out-of-state) $13,695 $2,444 (in state); $8,732 (out-of-state)
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 77% 85% 68%
Acceptance Rate* Open admissions Open admissions Open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* N/A 46% N/A
Graduation Rate* 30% (for students who began studies in 2011) 20% (for students who began studies in 2014) 33% (for students who began studies in 2011)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Broward College

Broward College offers several options for aspiring paramedics. In addition to the certificate and associate's degree program described below, this school also offers a one-semester emergency medical technician applied technical diploma program.

Paramedic Technical Certificate

This program teaches students about medical terminology, multiple incident command and how to document patient information with web-based computer recording. Other courses include pathophysiology, techniques of physical examination and venous access. Students complete laboratory and clinical experience in order to gain hands-on experience. Students also complete an internship during their last semester of study.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services.

This six-semester program features instruction in several important core areas such as body systems, paramedic science and general psychology. The program also features extensive hands-on experience, as students supplement their studies with time in the lab, field and hospital, where they apply their knowledge in a real-world setting.

City College - Hollywood

With several locations across the state, City College provides training for a number of careers, and the Hollywood campus is one that helps train aspiring paramedics.

Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services

In this program, students will learn about basic and advanced emergency medical services. Students take classroom-based courses to learn the theory and procedures of emergency medical care; they gain experience in multiple internships and externships in hospitals and on ambulance services. This program spans about nine quarters. Courses cover care for obstetric and gynecological emergencies, behavioral or mental emergencies, patient assessment and pharmacology.

Palm Beach State College

At Palm Beach State College, students have several other options from which to choose. Besides the associate's degree and certificate program outlined below, this school also offers an EMT diploma program.

Paramedic Certificate

The certificate program consists of three skills courses and clinical experience along with a field internship. In these courses, students learn basic ECG interpretation, anatomy and physiology, basic and advanced care life support and pediatric advanced life support. Students can complete this program in three semesters and gain experience caring for patients in emergency response units and area hospitals.

Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services

In the 2-year A.S. in Emergency Medical Services degree program, students complete courses to learn about patient assessment, obtaining a medical history and how to handle a variety of traumatic or mental/behavioral situations. They then build on that knowledge with the same courses in the paramedic certificate program and take five elective courses.

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