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Paramedic Training in Washington with Program Overviews

Jan 02, 2019

Washington State has about eight colleges that offer paramedic training programs. Get some information about these programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Washington Schools with Paramedic Training Programs

Paramedics in Washington State are required to complete training from an accredited educational institution. Accredited schools in Washington include both community colleges and 4-year universities. Some schools in this state offer both basic and more advanced paramedic programs leading to a 2- or 4-year degree.

Details about a couple of Washington State postsecondary institutions and their paramedic training programs are contained in this article. Find information about course topics and required number of credits for the programs.

  • Central Washington University, centrally located in the state in the city of Ellensburg, offers a bachelor's degree with a paramedic major through the Department of Health, Human Performance and Nutrition.
  • Tacoma Community College in Tacoma allows students to pursue a certificate in paramedic training.

School Comparison

If you are interested in paramedic training, it is beneficial to consider all aspects of the schools offering these programs before making a decision. Below are helpful facts about Central Washington University and Tacoma Community College, covering such areas as population, retention and graduation rates, campus setting and tuition costs.

Central Washington University Tacoma Community College
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public, primarily associate's
Total Enrollment (2017)* 12,901 6,496
Campus Setting Distant Town Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $7,903 (in-state)
$22,010 (out-of-state)
$4,146 (in-state)
$9,564 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 88% 44%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 86% 100% (open admissions)
Retention Rate (2017)* 73% for full-time students N/A
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011)* 52% 25%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Central Washington University

Central Washington University (CWU) is a public school with eight university centers in communities around Washington, in addition to a main campus in Ellensburg.

Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine

Students pursuing this 93-credit major must complete basic emergency medical technician (EMT) training. This program includes lecture-based instruction, three clinical courses and a paramedic training practicum.

Students complete coursework in pediatric and geriatric emergencies, trauma for advanced life support, 12-lead electrocardiogrphay, human anatomy and first aid. Paramedic majors also learn about heart abnormalities and how to interpret signs of cardiac distress. Students are trained in several techniques to treat cardiac emergencies, including drugs, oxygen and defibrillation.

Tacoma Community College

TCC's Emergency Medical & Health Services programs seek to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge that are required for employment in the paramedic and EMT field. Students looking for paramedic training can enroll in the paramedic certificate program.

Paramedic Certificate

Students who enroll in this 57-credit program must first begin by completing prerequisite courses in medical terminology, human biology and math. After mastering these fundamental concepts, students receive an introduction to emergency health care and then participate in a combination of didactic and clinical courses, in which they first study important principles and ideas, and then gain practical experience as they learn how to apply these concepts. Students must already have a Basic EMT certificate to begin this program.

AAS Emergency Medical and Health Science

Students take the paramedic certificate courses and an additional 42 credits to earn the EMHS associate's degree. All but one course of the 42 additional credits can be completed prior to beginning the paramedic certificate program portion of the AAS.

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