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
| $1,104 In-state
|Central New Mexico Community College||Albuquerque, New Mexico||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,448 In-state
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,598 In-state
|Columbus State Community College||Columbus, Ohio||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,808 In-state
|CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College||New York, New York||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $5,170 In-state
|Des Moines Area Community College||Ankeny, Iowa||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,913 In-state
|El Camino Community College District||Torrance, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,142 In-state
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, Florida||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Certificate
| $2,830 In-state
|Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $6,015 In-district
|Macomb Community College||Warren, Michigan||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,169 In-district
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 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.