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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program and Paramedic program

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Are you interested in a rewarding, challenging and fast-paced medical field that will always have job openings? One where you can make a difference in people’s lives? More than ever, the field of emergency medicine needs trained personnel for a wide variety of career paths right now.

EMT and paramedic training can be used in many careers where emergency medicine is required, including work in:

  • Emergency 911 services
  • Hospitals
  • Private ambulance services
  • Fire departments
  • Police departments
Get started now in the EMS/Paramedic programs!

EMTs vs Paramedics

The biggest differences between emergency medical technicians and paramedics are the training and the scope of what they are allowed to do. EMTs usually receive from 150 to more than 230 hours of training, while paramedics receive around 1,000 hours of training.

In other words, a paramedic is also an EMT (since he or she has had to complete EMT training to get to EMT-paramedic training), but an EMT is not a paramedic.

EMS and Paramedic Degree, Certificate and Certification Options

Brookhaven College offers an Emergency Medical Services program and El Centro College offers a Paramedic Certificate program in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

See all degree and certificate options.