EMT training in South Florida is offered at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Studies are typically available through undergraduate certificate, diploma and associate degree programs. Students interested in this field of study can enroll in EMT basic, paramedic, emergency medical services technology or first responder programs. Students may need to take a drug test and submit to a background check before being accepted into a program.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics must be licensed in order to practice in the state of Florida. A computer-based state examination must be passed in order to receive a state license. Prior to that, applicants have to complete an approved education program. The following schools in South Florida all have accredited EMT programs that can prepare students for state licensing. Get more details about them below.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|Broward College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsize city|| Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma,
Paramedic Technical Certificate,
Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services
| $1,415 (in-state),
|City College - Fort Lauderdale||4-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Emergency Medical Services Program||$13,695|
|Florida SouthWestern State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large suburb|| EMT Certificate,
Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science
| $3,401 (in-state),
|Florida Keys Community College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; remote town||Emergency Medical Technician Program|| $3,276 (in-state),
|Miami Dade College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city|| First Responder College Credit Program,
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science
| $2,838 (in-state),
|Palm Beach State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large suburb|| Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science,
Paramedic College Credit Certificate,
Emergency Medical Technician College Credit Certificate
| $2,444 (in-state),
|William T. McFatter Technical Center||2-year, public; large suburb||EMT Program||$3,720|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Students in Fort Lauderdale can obtain a paramedic technical certificate or an emergency medical technician diploma at Broward College. The EMT diploma program consists of 12 semester hours. In addition to a skills lab and a basic EMT course, there is a field clinical and a hospital clinical. The paramedic program is based on 4 terms of paramedic science classes including clinical sessions, skill labs and lectures. Students who complete both of these programs and then complete the general education requirements can graduate with an associate's degree in emergency medical services.
City College - Fort Lauderdale
City College's biggest campus in South Florida is in Fort Lauderdale, though the school has campuses in Hollywood, Altamonte Springs, Gainesville and Miami as well. All of these campuses offer an associate's degree in emergency medical services. This program takes as little as 27 months to complete. In class, students get to learn about patient assessment, bleeding control, IV administration and injury treatment. Clinical externships are a part of the curriculum here, so students get to work with local ambulance agencies.
Florida Southwestern State College
Students can take programs for EMT certificates, paramedic certificates and an emergency medical services technology associate's degree at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers. The basic certificate program for EMTs here consists of 12 credit hours. It can be completed in a single semester, and it is offered during the fall and spring. The paramedic program is 42 credit- hours and takes 3 semesters to complete, while the associate's degree program is a combination of the EMT and paramedic certificate programs with additional general education courses.
Florida Keys Community College
A diploma program for emergency medical technicians is available in Key West at Florida Keys Community College. There is also a campus for students in the Key Largo area. Classes are offered in fall and spring semesters, and students must submit to a drug screen and a background check prior to entering into the EMT program here.
Miami Dade College
Students at this college in Miami can enroll in a first responder college credit program, a paramedic certificate program, an emergency medical technician certificate program or an emergency medical services associate's degree program. The first responder program takes seven weeks to finish, and students are educated on how to provide care in basic medical emergencies. The 16-week EMT program is intended for students who want to learn about intermediate emergency medical care. Students in this program learn how to provide patient care in a direct manner in ambulances, clinics and emergency rooms. The paramedic certificate program requires 42 credits and takes one year to complete. The associate's degree program in emergency medical services contains both the paramedic program and the EMT certificate program as well as general education requirements.
Palm Beach State College
Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth has the following programs: paramedic college credit certificate, emergency medical technician college credit certificate and emergency medical services associate's degree. In a single semester, students can complete the 12 credits necessary to graduate from the EMT certificate program. The curriculum for this program goes over the following: bandaging, splinting, shock prevention, oxygen therapy, spinal immobilization and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The lab, field experience and basic EMT course found in this diploma program is also part of the associate's degree program, which also includes the 3-semester paramedic certificate program's curriculum.
William T. McFatter Technical Center
Students can pursue an EMT program at William T. McFatter Technical Center in Davie. Students who attend the program on a full-time basis have to take the daytime program while part-time students take the nighttime program. In this 250-hour program, students spend time handling equipment, working in non-hazardous and hazardous conditions, riding along in fire rescues and working in emergency rooms.