Online Paramedic Courses and Schools

Since paramedicine is a hands-on, clinical field, online programs for paramedics are usually offered in a hybrid format that combines online and in-person training. Learn about your program options, and find out what subjects you'd study. Review the licensure requirements for EMTs and paramedics. Discover how distance learning programs work. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Associate's degrees and certificate programs for aspiring paramedics are often offered as hybrid online programs that require many hours of clinical training on-campus or in the field. Paramedics also need to obtain state licensure that must be renewed every 2-3 years.

Courses May include pharmacology, medical terminology, and ventilation techniques
Certification Available through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians; emergency medical technician certification also required
Online Many hybrid format programs available

What Should I Look for in an Online Paramedic School?

If you're a licensed EMT, choose a school whose curriculum can prepare you to sit for the NREMT's paramedic certification exam. If you're not a licensed EMT, choose a school that will also prepare you to sit for its EMT certification exam after your first semester. These online associate's degree or certificate programs are available in a hybrid format.

If you're already a licensed paramedic, you'll need a school whose refresher training will give you the continuing education credits needed to renew your license every 2-3 years. These training courses or certificate programs are often available fully online or in a hybrid format.

Schools offering hybrid certificate or associate's degree programs for paramedics include:

  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Casper College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • UCLA Center for Prehospital Care
  • Crowder College
  • Aims Community College

What Will I Study Online?

In a paramedic program, you may find yourself studying laboratory and health sciences, including cardiology, biology, physiology and anatomy. You'll also learn about patient care, including how to assess patient condition, administer IV treatments and transport patients from accident locations to hospitals. You may also take courses on pediatric and cardiac life support. If you enroll in an associate's degree program, general education courses are also included.

Other specific courses you might take include:

  • Pharmacology
  • Trauma emergencies
  • Advanced life support
  • Medical terminology

How Do Distance Learning Programs Work?

Online paramedic associate's degree and certificate programs also require you to attend clinical training at an on-campus laboratory, hospital or ambulance service. You should expect to work in the field for several days a month, for up to 12 hours a day. Some programs offer alternating semesters of coursework and clinical experience. Homework, lectures, quizzes and some exams may be given completely online for these programs.

Most paramedic refresher training programs consist of weekly online quizzes, physician-moderated discussions or case studies. Other programs deliver course information through PowerPoint presentations, videos or textbooks. Some programs may also require you to attend on-campus orientations or weekly lab sessions.

Will I Need to Be Certified and/or Licensed?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), all states require paramedics to be licensed. To obtain state licensure, most states require paramedics to be certified through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Certification prerequisites include current emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and the completion of a paramedic training program.

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