Prospective paramedics in Nebraska can earn a diploma, certificate or associate's degree. A diploma program may take three months and one year for a certificate, while an associate's degree can likely be completed in two years.
To be admitted to a paramedic program, an applicant must meet specific admission requirements. This may include providing proof of EMT-Basic certification. Certain documentation must also be provided prior to starting the clinical portion of the program, such as confirmation of criminal background and drug screening, physical examination, current immunizations and insurance. These requirements may vary by school. The curriculum includes multiple clinical sessions, a limited number of general education classes and core emergency medicine content in order to prepare students for licensing examinations.
Central Community College
This college in Grand Island offers paramedicine programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Applicants will need to satisfactorily complete an interview to gain admission into the programs. Three programs are available: a certificate, a diploma and an associate's degree.
The 38-credit certificate program provides all necessary paramedic training. Students learn about trauma injuries, patient diagnosis and pharmacology. They also complete clinical and field internships. The 49-credit diploma and 61-credit associate's degree programs build on the certificate program, and they both provide additional general education courses.
Omaha-based Creighton University (CU) offers a one-year paramedic program. Students learn about advanced medical and trauma care through lectures, labs and clinical training. Upon completion of all training, students will also have the following certifications: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Professionals (PEPP) and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS).
Students who already have nursing or medical licenses may opt to complete a paramedic two-week program. They complete classroom courses and practical internships. Licensed paramedics may also take a continuing education course in critical care.
Metropolitan Community College
Located in Omaha, Metropolitan Community College (MCC) offers a paramedic certificate program that includes 13.5 credits of general education courses. Offered at the South Omaha and Fort Omaha campuses, the program includes four sequential paramedic courses, clinical experiences and a CPR course. Students may also take additional general education courses to earn a degree in professional health studies. In addition to the various technical training programs offered at MCC, the college also offers assistance to students through its student resource center.
Mid-Plains Community College
The paramedic program at North Platte's Mid-Plains Community College and McCook Community College in McCook is available in a traditional and an accelerated version. The 12-week accelerated diploma program, available at McCook Community College, consists of classroom education, 230 hours of clinical training and 200 hours of practical training.
The traditional program includes 18 months of didactic training with two evening classes per week. Once this is completed, the student completes the clinical rounds and field experiences over the next 12 months. Those who complete the traditional program earn an associate's degree.
Northeast Community College
Northeast Community College is located in Norfolk and offers a paramedic Associate in Applied Science program. Students must complete 61 credit hours, which include general education courses and EMT didactic and clinical courses. Through a series of practicum courses, students learn about special consideration patients, advanced emergency medicine and airway management. Northeast Community College has a career services department that helps students by providing career coaching, job search assistance and job fair information.
Southeast Community College
Lincoln's Southeast Community College has a 15-month associate's degree program for aspiring paramedics. Students complete classroom and laboratory education experiences, and they learn about essential paramedic training in airway management, rescue operations and medical emergencies. Internships and practicums are also part of the program. Southeast Community College has many education options, such as online courses, internships, cooperative education opportunities and possible study abroad opportunities.
Western Nebraska Community College
Located in Scottsbluff, Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) offers a three-semester paramedic certificate program. The program includes a 10-week summer session where students complete 450 hours of clinical training and a 16-hour PALS class. During each of the remaining two semesters, students complete classroom work and 90 hours of clinical/field experiences.
Students may also earn an emergency medical technician associate's degree. This program provides emergency care training at basic, intermediate and paramedic levels. In addition to offering 28 student organizations, WNCC has a student services division to help students determine and reach their career goals.
To work as a paramedic in Nebraska, a candidate must take and pass a state-approved EMT (emergency medical technician) training program and have current CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification. The candidate must also be certified Nebraska as an EMT. To be nationally certified, aspiring paramedics must pass the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) paramedic exam. The computer-based exam can only be taken at authorized training centers. All seven schools listed above prepare graduates for paramedic certification exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paramedic Training Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Central Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Paramedicine Diploma
Paramedicine Certificate of Completion,
A.A.S. in Paramedicine
|$3,000 in-state; $4,320 out-of-state*|
|Creighton University||4-year, private; non-profit; large city||Paramedic Program||$39,916*|
|Metropolitan Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate of Achievement,
Associate of Applied Science in Professional Health Studies - EMT-Paramedic track
|$3,105 in-state; $4,545 out-of-state*|
|Mid-Plains Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| EMT-Paramedic (Traditional) Associate of Applied Science,
EMT-Paramedic (Accelerated) Diploma
|$3,210 in-state; $4,050 out-of-state*|
|Northeast Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Paramedic Associate of Applied Science||$3,480 in-state; $4,635 out-of-state*|
|Southeast Community College Area||2-year, public; large city||Paramedic Associate of Applied Science||$3,128 in-state; $3,758 out-of-state*|
|Western Nebraska Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate,
Emergency Medical Technician Associate of Occupational Studies
|$2,820 in-state; $2,928 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES School Navigator