Which South Florida Schools Offer Paramedic Training?

Learn about paramedic schools and training programs in South Florida. See various program types, as well as prerequisites, school types, and tuition prices. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

South Florida has a few undergraduate and certificate programs available for those interested in paramedic training. This article will highlight some important information for each school.

What You Need to Know

Paramedic certificate and associate's degree programs are available through community colleges. These programs may take only a few semesters to complete, or you might study for nearly two years. The certificate programs tend to focus just on core paramedic training, while the associate's degree program also includes general education requirements.

Paramedic Training Programs and Schools in South Florida

Broward College

Broward College's full-time day or evening paramedic program includes a blended curriculum of lectures, lab studies, supervised clinicals in medical settings and supervised internships working with an ambulance service. Completing the paramedic certificate requirements qualifies you to take the Florida and NREMT certification examination.

Broward College offers 3 milestone options leading to careers working in emergency medical services: an EMT technical diploma, a paramedic technical certificate and an Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services program. Completing a specialized EMS course and some general education courses can help you earn the associate's degree.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Technical Certificate
  • Program Length: 4 semesters
  • Tuition: $2,753 per year for residents and $8,875 for out-of-state non-residents (effective 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate; PERT test for reading, writing and math proficiency; Florida state EMT certification
  • Requirements: Must maintain grade of C or better in all EMS courses; must pass criminal background check, drug screening and health examination
  • School Type: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; 44,119 students (all undergraduate)

City College - Fort Lauderdale

Established in 1984 under the name Draughon's College of Business, City College now has 5 campuses and an online division to help Florida residents, as well as students around the world. The emergency medical services program at City College will prepare you to take the state and national certification examination for paramedics. Through classroom lectures and hands-on training, you'll learn to assess patients, deal with shock and trauma, control bleeding and safely transport patients to medical facilities. You'll also complete clinical externships at local emergency medical services and trauma centers.

  • Program Name: Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services
  • Program Length: 21 months
  • Tuition: $13,068 per year (effective 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate; EMT license (prior to starting paramedic courses); current CPR certification
  • Requirements: Must maintain a B or better in all core courses; must take TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) and have score of 30; current physical examination, immunizations, negative TB test, drug screening and tetanus booster; health clearance form and PPD; health insurance; background check; completed Acknowledgement of Florida Statute 456.0635 (states that individuals who have been convicted of certain types of felonies in other states may be refused licensure for healthcare professions)
  • School Type: 4-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit; 575 students (all undergraduate)

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College's paramedic program is offered in two options: evening classes or courses that follow the Miami Dade County Fire/Rescue department's shift schedule. Your curriculum includes lectures, lab studies, clinicals and a supervised internship working with the local emergency medical services.

  • Program Name: Paramedic Certificate Program
  • Program Length: 3 semesters
  • Tuition: $2,834 per year for in-state students, and about $9,661 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate; anatomy and physiology (completion or enrollment); Florida EMT certification card; Basic Life Support and CPR card; proof of English, reading and math proficiency
  • Requirements: 18 years old; pass computerized placement test; completed paramedic application packet; proof of medical insurance and health examination; criminal background check
  • School Type: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; 66,046 students (all undergraduate)

Palm Beach State College

Palm Beach State College became Florida's first public junior college in 1933 and has grown to a college with 4 campus locations, as well as a satellite location. In addition to lifelong learning, the college offers continuing education, certificates and associate's and bachelor's degree programs. The paramedic program awards a certificate and includes lectures, skills labs and clinical rotations working in hospitals or with emergency response units. You must successfully complete Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

  • Program Name: College Credit Certificate - Paramedic
  • Program Length: 3 semesters
  • Tuition: $2,444 per year for Florida residents, $8,732 per year for non-Florida resident college credit courses (effective 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate; Florida EMT certification (or ready to apply); must score at least a 70 on NFSI (National Firefighter Selection Inventory) test
  • Requirements: Completed application for admission; all courses must be completed with a score of 80 or better
  • School Type: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; 28,517 students (all undergraduate)

To summarize, City College-Ft. Lauderdale offers an associate's degree program, while Palm Beach State College, Broward College, and Miami Dade College all offer certificate programs. These programs typically take 3 to 4 semesters to complete.

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