Paramedic, Certificate


Paramedic Program for Fall 2019 Class (Starting in August 2019)

Prior to applying to the Paramedic program you need to apply for admissions to Florida SouthWestern State College and complete all the necessary admission requirements, which includes taking the PERT placement test or being exempt from taking the PERT test. Also prior to applying to the Paramedic program you must upload all your medical documents and CPR certification to Castle Branch. The link to the instructions are below in the "downloads" section.

The Paramedic program is an online application process. You can only apply online via the "Apply Now" link below starting on April 22nd.

The Paramedic program is four semesters long and is a limited access program; therefore, it is highly recommended that you submit your online application early.

Paramedic Online Application Acceptance Dates

April 22, 2019 to June 28, 2019

Campus choice is based on a point system as well as date that application is accepted. Applicants with the highest points and who have turned their application in early are more likely to receive their first campus choice.

ENC 1101 Composition I 1
PSY 2012 General Psychology 1
Any General Education Mathematics 1
Any Humanities Course 1
1093C or 1085C Anatomy & Physiology I 1
1094C or 1086C Anatomy & Physiology II 1

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Emergency Medical Service Technology Program

The Emergency Medical Services Technology Program is designed to prepare the student to become a competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and/or Paramedic. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The EMS certificate programs (EMT and Paramedic) are limited admission, requiring completion of the Application for EMS Programs, and acceptance into the program by the College EMS department. The Associate in Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services Technology consists of three sequential components. Successful completion of each component will fulfill requirements for the affiliated Florida State certification. Students looking to continue their education will be eligible for admission into the Florida SouthWestern State College Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Public Safety Administration.


The Florida SouthWestern State College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

To Contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
Fax (214) 703-8992

EMT and Paramedic Graduate Average Earnings

Please review the most current salary information on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Paramedic Program Outcomes

Information on the Paramedic Program graduation rates, retention, and state exam statistics: Paramedic Program Effectiveness Data.

Paramedic Certificate                                                          42 credit hours

(EMT Certification is required for admission into this program)
Required for Florida EMT-Basic and National Registry Certification

The Paramedic Certificate Program is designed to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels. The program is four semesters and 42 college credit hours in length (in addition the EMT certification). Estimated program costs are $7,982 for Florida residents and $13,440 for non-Florida residents. This includes tuition, lab fees, textbooks, uniforms, insurance and equipment. Visit the financial aid web page for more information. Additional costs include required uniforms, a stethoscope, and professional liability insurance. Students must also provide transportation to clinical and field experiences.

During the Paramedic Certificate Program, students will be required to complete a one week rotation in an Operating Room with a local hospital. This rotation is in addition to scheduled class/ laboratory/clinical/internship hours. To be eligible to sit for the Florida Paramedic exam, the student must be currently certified as a Florida EMT and successfully complete the Paramedic Certificate Program.

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement is any process where a program formally recognizes prior learning of a student and applies that recognition toward meeting the program requirements.

The Florida SouthWestern State College Paramedic Certificate Program, Emergency Medical Technical Certificate Program, and the A.S. Emergency Medical Services Program does not participate in the process of Advanced Placement.

Program Contact Information

Program Contact: Linda Welch
Instructional Assistant
Phone (239) 489-9409

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