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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 truly make a difference in people’s lives in their time of greatest need? Consider a career in emergency medicine as an EMT or paramedic!

EMT and paramedic training can be used in a wide variety of 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.

EMT and paramedic training can be used in a wide variety of careers where emergency medicine is required. Get started working on your certification today!

Degree, Certificate and Certification Options

Brookhaven College

Emergency Medical Services Program

Brookhaven College’s Emergency Medical services (EMS) program includes the following credit programs for EMT-basic and paramedic training:

Additional Emergency Skills Certifications

Brookhaven College’s Continuing Education Division also offers several noncredit emergency medical skills certifications, as well as the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam, ACLS, PALS, PEPP, AMLS, PHTLS and BCLS. 

El Centro College in Conjunction With UT Southwestern Medical Center

Paramedic Certificate

El Centro College offers a Paramedic certificate program for college credit in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s site, offering:

UT Southwestern Medical Center includes ACLS, PEPP/PALS and ITLS certifications as part of its Paramedic course, as well as cadaver lab. 

EMT Training

El Centro College and UT Southwestern Medical Center also cooperatively offer an Emergency Medical Technician program for noncredit continuing education units. Credit for the EMT course is awarded after successful completion of Paramedic class.