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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education

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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.

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
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EMTs vs. Paramedics

The biggest differences between emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics are education and training, as well as the scope of what they are allowed to do. EMTs usually receive about 200 hours of training, while paramedics receive more than 1,000 hours of training.

An EMT is the first level of EMS education. EMT training can lead to and is a necessary prerequisite to enter the Paramedic education program.

Why is This a Good Career Bet? 

As a large segment of the population — aging members of the baby boom generation — becomes more likely to have medical emergencies, demand is increasing for EMTs and paramedics. Those with advanced education and certifications will have the most favorable job prospects, as patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital. 

America's Career Infonet projects job growth increase of 29 percent for EMTs and paramedics, and 18 percent for firefighters, who often carry these certifications. High job increase is defined as annual growth over 10 percent.  

U.S. News and World Report's Money Careers lists paramedic among its best health care jobs.  

See more about careers in Emergency Medical Services Education.

EMS Education Degree, Certificate and Certification Options

Brookhaven College’s Emergency Medical Services education program includes EMT and Paramedic certifications, as well as a unique opportunity to earn an associate degree in paramedicine. Several noncredit EMS certifications are also offered. 

El Centro College, in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center, offers a Paramedic certificate program for college credit, as well as a noncredit EMT certification. 

Richland College offers a noncredit EMT certification program. 

See all degree and certificate options.