Where Can I Receive Paramedic Training in Oklahoma?

Learn about paramedic training programs in Oklahoma, including those that lead to certificates and degrees. Get information on programs offered and career outlook for Oklahoma paramedics. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Students interested in entering a paramedic training program in Oklahoma have a number of schools and programs from which to choose, all of which lead to the eligibility needed to take a national certification examination for paramedics. Programs are offered by two- and four-year public schools as well as at least two technical centers. Individuals may earn a certificate or associate's degree in paramedicine, or complete a training program that leads exclusively to certification eligibility, but no award. Some programs require that students pass a background check and/or drug screening prior to enrollment.

Paramedic Certificate Programs in Oklahoma Schools

Oklahoma City Community College

  • Program: Certificate of Mastery - Emergency Medical Sciences - Paramedic
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition: In-state $2,850 per year, out-of-state $7,470 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: Background checks and drug testing
  • School Type: 2-year, public; student population over 14,900
  • Address: 7777 S May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73159
  • Phone: 405-682-1611

This certificate program was designed to allow you to get the education and training you'll need to qualify for your NREMT paramedic test. Although you won't earn a college degree through this program, you can apply your certificate work towards an associate's degree. The program includes a practicum that will require you to provide your own uniform and medical liability insurance. This program has been accredited by CAAHEP.

Tulsa Community College

  • Program: Certificate of Achievement Firefighter/EMT
  • Field of Study Options: Paramedic, EMT-Basic
  • Program Length: 44 credit hours (about 4 semesters full-time)
  • Tuition: In-state $2,450 per year, out-of-state $6,626 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: Interview
  • School Type: 2-year, public; student population nearly 20,200
  • Address: 6111 E Skelly Drive, Tulsa, OK 74135
  • Phone: 918-595-7000

If you've already passed the NREMT basic or paramedic test, you can petition to get advanced standing in your classes. Both options require you to take the EMT-Basic courses, but the paramedic program includes another 24 credit hours. You'll participate in a clinical practicum for both basic and paramedic levels. As of July 2012, this program was not currently accredited by CAAHEP.

Associate's Degree Programs for Paramedics in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Community College

  • Program: Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Sciences
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition: In-state $2,850 per year, out-of-state $7,470 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: Background checks and drug testing
  • School Type: 2-year, public; student population over 14,900
  • Address: 7777 S May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73159
  • Phone: 405-682-1611

The associate's degree program at this school is much like its certificate program, but it also includes general education classes. You can take some of the classes at home through an online hybrid program. You'll still be required to perform your clinical practicum and other paramedic coursework in person. The program is accredited by CAAHEP.

Rogers State University

  • Program: Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition: In-state $4,777 per year, out-of-state $10,822 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: Basic EMS course
  • School Type: 4-year, public; student population over 4,800
  • Address: 1701 W. Will Rogers Boulevard, Claremore, OK 74017
  • Phone: 918-343-7777

This school offers a few options that will allow you a little freedom in planning your studies. You can complete the general education portion at your own pace, but you'll have to take your EMS courses sequentially. The program is affiliated with several facilities, and you can sign up to do your clinical rotation work at one that's convenient for you. This program has applied for CAAHEP accreditation and is under review, as of July 2012.

Paramedic Technology Center Training

Gordon Cooper Technology Center

  • Program: Paramedic Program
  • Program Length: 1-2 years
  • Tuition: $3,995 total program cost
  • Prerequisites: EMT-Basic OK license, background check
  • School Type: Technology Center
  • Address: 1 John C. Bruton Blvd., Shawnee, OK 74802
  • Phone: 405-273-7493

Another option for paramedic training in Oklahoma is to attend a program at a technology center. This one requires that you maintain 80% attendance. The courses will focus on paramedic science through classroom studies, internships and clinical rotations. The tuition at this school includes the cost of books and your work shirt. This program is CAAHEP accredited.

Great Plains Technology Center

  • Program: Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic
  • Program Length: 1,540 hours (1-2 years)
  • Tuition: $2,814 (Summer 2011)
  • School Type: Technology Center
  • Address: 4500 W. Lee Blvd., Lawton, OK 73505
  • Phone: 580-355-6371

This technology center program also trains you through classroom learning, internships and a clinical practicum. The program does have a dress code but doesn't include the cost of required clothing in the tuition. Your books are also not included in the tuition at this center. The program is CAAHEP accredited.

Licensing and Career Information for Oklahoma Paramedics

To work as a paramedic in Oklahoma, you'll first need to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination for paramedics and become certified. Once you hold the NREMT certification card, you can apply for the required state license to work as a paramedic. You can be disqualified from getting your license if you have a history that includes a felony conviction, drug use, or any violation that the state considers immoral behavior.

The NREMT is changing its education standard policy for students who enroll in a paramedic program after January 2013. To take the NREMT test after that date, you'll have to pass a program that's been accredited by, or is working to acquire accreditation from, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). You can search the CAAHEP website or check with a school's program director to learn about an individual program's accreditation status.

Salary and Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that EMTs and paramedics in Oklahoma were earning an annual mean wage of about $29,500 as of May 2011. The BLS also predicted that paramedics and EMTs in the U.S. would see a 33% increase in job opportunities between 2010 and 2020. This is considered higher than average compared to the expected job growth for most professions in the country.

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