Paramedic training programs are commonly available as certificate and associate's degree programs at 2-year schools in South Florida. Students are typically required to be certified EMTs before enrolling in paramedic programs, and some schools give current first responders priority for admission. Programs usually take three or four semesters and include classroom courses with hands-on field work, lab work and hospital work. Following satisfactory completion of a paramedic program, students are qualified to take the state and national paramedic licensing and certification examinations. National paramedic certification is available through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
Broward College, located in Fort Lauderdale, offers certificates and degree programs at the associate and bachelor's degree levels. Requiring EMT certification as a prerequisite, the school's 4-semester paramedic certificate program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education Programs and consists of a balanced mix of field work, hospital work, lab work and class time. New students begin the program by completing ambulance observations at hospitals. As they progress through the program, they work up to a full internship in the emergency medical setting. The program's coursework covers the human body, respiratory system, cardiac treatment, trauma and pharmacology
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College, located in Miami, offers a paramedic certificate program. Students can choose between day and evening offerings of the 3-semester program. To be eligible for this program, students must be licensed Florida EMTs and have completed prerequisite courses. Students attend lectures and labs, covering subject matter such as patient assessment, pathophysiology, shock and trauma management. Students will also participate in observation and hands-on training in hospital emergency rooms and operating rooms.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Program Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Broward College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large suburb||Paramedic Technical Certificate||$2,830 (in-state), $8,952 (out-of-state)*|
|Miami Dade College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city||Paramedic Certificate||$2,838 (in-state), $9,661 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator