Which Paramedic Schools Are in Washington State?

Learn about paramedic programs in Washington State. Get information about degrees available and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

If you are already licensed as an EMT and wish to advance your training and become a paramedic, you can do so in Washington State at several schools. Your training will include advanced emergency medical techniques and equipment training. In a degree program you may also experience courses in medical terminology, professional issues for paramedics and communications.

What You Need to Know

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) may earn basic, intermediate, or paramedic training; paramedics represent those with the most education and experience in the field and, as such, have more responsibilities and job duties than other EMTs do. In Washington, students may choose to earn a certificate, an associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree as a paramedic. All programs require that applicants be certified as an EMT-basic and some mandate a year of experience in the field prior to applying to a paramedicine program. Certificates require one year of schooling, associate's degrees may typically be completed in two years, and a bachelor's degree includes general education coursework, requiring about four years to finish.

Paramedic Certificate Programs in Washington State

Central Washington University

The paramedic certificate program offered by Central Washington University focuses entirely on paramedic training and doesn't include any general education courses. Your studies will include both clinical and didactic coursework. Field internships are also an integral part of your program, and you'll be required to perform 450 hours of clinical instruction to earn your certificate.

  • Program: Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,688 per year for in-state residents, about $21,501 per year for out-of-state residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of anatomy, physiology, medical mathematics and medical terminology courses
  • Admission Requirements: Age 18 or older before start of program, EMT certification and experience, 3 letters of recommendation from medical professionals, passage of Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 11,800 students (11,000 undergradaute)

Columbia Basin College

In order to participate in this program, you must have at least one year of experience as an EMT, and you'll also need to go through an oral interview process before you're accepted. The program is designed to prepare you for entry-level paramedic positions through a curriculum that follows both state and National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education standards. This school also offers annual refresher courses so you can meet the continuing education requirements to renew your license.

  • Program: Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,194 per year for in-state residents, about $6,189 per year for out-of-state residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of courses in anatomy and physiology
  • Admission Requirements: 1 year of EMT experience, Healthcare Provider CPR/AED certification, criminal background check, immunization records, interview
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 6,400 students (all undergraduate)

Paramedic Associate's Degree Programs in Washington State

Columbia Basin College

The paramedicine associate's degree program at Columbia Basin College has the same entrance criteria as the college's certificate program. Along with the basic classroom, laboratory and clinical paramedic training, the curriculum for this degree includes support courses like stress management, medical terminology and professional issues for paramedics. You'll also need to complete general education classes in areas such as communication, English and psychology.

  • Program: Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine
  • Program Length: 18-24 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,194 per year for in-state residents, about $6,189 per year for out-of-state residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of courses in anatomy and physiology
  • Admission Requirements: 1 year of EMT experience, Healthcare Provider CPR/AED certification, criminal background check, immunization records, interview
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 6,400 students (all undergraduate)

Tacoma Community College

You must be currently licensed as an EMT to be accepted into this associate's degree program. Before you begin your actual paramedic studies, you'll need to complete courses in human biology and medical terminology, but you can take those classes after you're accepted into the program. Along with your general education courses, you'll complete clinical and classroom coursework in paramedic studies to earn your degree. Tacoma Community College also has a 1-year certificate program, but it's being phased out after the summer of 2013.

  • Program: Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical and Health Services
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,194 per year for in-state residents, about $9,354 per year for out-of-state residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Courses in human biology and medical terminology
  • Admission Requirements: Current EMT-Basic card, driver's license, Healthcare Provider CPR certification, 1 year of EMT experience, 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 7,200 students (all undergraduate)

Paramedic Bachelor's Degree Program in Washington State

Central Washington University

Central Washington offers a bachelor's degree in paramedicine that will qualify you for employment in the state. The school recommends that you complete all of your general education courses prior to beginning your paramedic studies. Your paramedic courses will actually begin in your junior year and include didactic and clinical studies covering topics like electrocardiography and geriatric care.

  • Program: Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,688 per year for in-state residents, about $21,501 per year for out-of-state residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of anatomy, physiology, medical mathematics and medical terminology courses
  • Admission Requirements: Age 18 or older before start of program, EMT certification and experience, 3 letters of recommendation from medical professionals, passage of Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 11,800 students (11,000 undergraduate)

Washington State paramedics can choose which program and degree level fits their needs: Central Washington University offers a bachelor's degree program for paramedics and a certificate (non-degree) program, Columbia Basin College offers a certificate and an associate's degree program, and Tacoma Community College offers an associate's degree program.

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