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Paramedic, Certificate

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 Paramedic program is an online application process. You can only apply online via the "Apply Now" link below starting on March 2, 2020.

Prior to applying to the EMT/Paramedic Certificate Program:

  1. If you are not a current Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) student, you need to apply for admission to FSW.
  2. You also need to either take the FSW placement test or be exempt from taking this placement test.

NOTE: You must be 18 years old to apply to the Paramedic Program. You must also obtain you State of Florida EMT License by 8/1/2020.

Paramedic Online Application Acceptance Dates

Deadline has extended to May 29, 2020

March 2 to May, 29, 2020

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. This will be a competitive selection process based on the Paramedic Entrance Exam score and the Paramedic Entrance Interview score.

The Paramedic Entrance Exam will consist of the following:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Math (general math)
  • EMT
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Personality Inventory

You MUST purchase the Paramedic Entrance Exam at the cost of $25.25.

Here are the directions for your exam purchase:

Product Code: FSSCLC4268-VSVD

Purchase link: https://members.fisdap.net/account/new/index?code=FSSCLC4268-VSVD

  1. Go to https://www.fisdap.net.
  2. Click the "Create an Account" button.
  3. Enter the product code into the field and follow the prompts to purchase an account.

Your account will have access to the following product: Paramedic Entrance Exam

Test dates for the Paramedic Entrance Exam are Mon. 5/4 and Tues. 5/12 from 3-6pm, Sat. 5/9 from 8:30-11:30am and the second attempt date is Mon. 5/18 from 3-6pm. You will choose your first and second choice of test dates when you complete the online Paramedic Program application. After you have completed the entrance exam you will be notified via your FSW BUCS email regarding the day and time of your Paramedic Entrance Interview.

Update on paramedic entrance testing: if the college is still closed on the above entrance test dates the test will be held using a virtual meeting software in the hopes of beginning the Paramedic program as schedule in August. Also, additional test dates will be added since we have extended the time frame that we are accepting Paramedic applications to 5/29/20.

The Paramedic Program classes for the fall 2020 term will be held on the Lee County C shift schedule. You can review the shift schedule via the link in the "Downloads and Links" section below.


The Florida SouthWestern State College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(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 (PDF).

Paramedic Certificate 42 credit hours

Florida EMT Certification is required for admission into this program

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 $9,100 for Florida residents and $23,000 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 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

Program Contact: Michael Knoop
Instructional Assistant
Phone (239) 985-3495

Downloads and Links