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Paramedic Training Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Jan 02, 2019

Students enrolled in a paramedic training program most often complete either a certificate or a 2-year associate's degree in the emergency medical services field. Coursework in these programs gives students a thorough grounding in physiology and anatomy, advanced life support and pre-hospital care.

Paramedic training programs are commonly available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. Students who are considering an EMT program should look for a program that prepares them for licensure.

Schools with EMT Paramedic Programs

These schools have EMT paramedic programs and include clinical training.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state
Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, ID 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate $3,830
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Diploma, Certificate, Associate's $2,753 in-state, $8,875 out-of-state
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,632 in-district, $3,360 in-state, $3,756 out-of-state
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,115 in-state, $7,992 out-of-state
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $1,504 in-district, $3,184 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Certificate $5,138 in-state, $11,055 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should keep these considerations in mind while selecting a program:

  • At many institutions, clinical rotations are offered in the summer between the first and second years of enrollment.
  • An associate's degree in paramedic technology will involve the completion of many general education requirements, making it easier to transfer to a 4-year institution.
  • Students within the emergency medical services field may choose to also pursue additional training in nursing or another allied health area.
  • The program should prepare students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

Many universities and public community colleges offer certificate and, sometimes, associate's degree programs for prospective paramedics. Training programs for paramedics typically include clinical training and may prepare students for further training in related fields.

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