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Paramedic Credit Certificate and Continuing Education EMT Certification

El Centro College provides Paramedic education for college credit and continuing education EMT training that can be converted into college credits.

Paramedic Certificate

The Paramedic certificate program takes approximately six and a half months to complete (34 to 42 credit hours) and is designed to prepare you to provide advanced prehospital care to emergency patients. Courses include classroom instruction, hospital rotations with emphasis on emergency department experience and emergency ambulance experience. The Paramedic program includes ACLS, PEPP/PALS and ITLS certifications, as well as cadaver lab.

The Paramedic program will prepare you to function in an advanced life-support capacity with invasive skills such as:

  • intravenous initiation
  • external jugular cannulation
  • endotracheal intubation
  • drug administration by various routes
  • intraosseous infusions
  • electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm identification
  • 12-lead ECG
  • defibrillation and cardioversion
  • noninvasive cardiac pacing
  • chest decompression

Acceptance to the Paramedic Program

Priority acceptance is given to area EMS agency personnel. Civilian applicants are accepted to the program after those agency needs are met, typically allowing eight to 20 spaces for non-EMS-employed individuals.

Application Process

Applications for the Paramedic program are typically due four months before the beginning class date. If you are accepted for an interview, you will be notified two to three weeks after the application deadline. After the interview, we’ll send you an acceptance status notice two to three weeks later.

Once you have been accepted into the Paramedic program, you must complete additional paperwork such as immunizations, physical exam, drug screening and a criminal background check. Information on these forms will be mailed with the acceptance letter.

Tuition

Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

There are various other fees (including fees for Texas Department of State Health Services registration and National Registry of EMTs testing). El Centro College tuition is waived for individuals employed by a fire department.

EMT Continuing Education Certification

El Centro College also offers Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification for continuing education units that can later be converted into college credit hours.

Continuing education EMT classes consist of 23 days spent in the classroom (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday), followed by hospital and ambulance rotations and the National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) skill exam.

The EMT course includes instruction in basic life support, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automatic external defibrillation, physical assessment, bandaging and splinting, traction splinting, spinal immobilization, airway management, oxygen therapy and other noninvasive procedures.

Hospital and ambulance rotations consist of one 24-hour shift on a Dallas Fire-Rescue Department mobile intensive care unit (MICU); and five 8-hour shifts in Parkland Hospital’s emergency department and labor and delivery, and Children's Medical Center emergency department. The NREMT written exam can be scheduled following the last day of class.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty members not only have relevant academic degrees and advanced certifications but professional experience so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face on the job. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in your education and career. See profiles of Paramedic and EMT program faculty members.

Accreditation

The Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in conjunction with the Committee on Accreditation for Educational Programs for the EMS Profession.

To contact CoAEMSP:
4101 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 305-599
Arlington, TX 76016
817-330-0080
Fax: 817-330-0089
www.coaemsp.org

Graduates will complete requirements for Texas Department of State Health Services EMT-paramedic certification, which includes the National Registry of EMTs examination.

Program Location

Classes are held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at El Centro’s Bill J. Priest Campus, 1402 Corinth St., just south of I-30. 

Hospital rotations are held at Parkland Health and Hospital System, Baylor Hospital, Medical City of Dallas and Clements Hospital. 

Get more information on El Centro College's Paramedic program.