EMS Education at El Centro

El Centro offers a Paramedic certificate program for college credit, as well as a continuing education EMT certification.

EMT and Paramedic Programs — Emergency Medical Services Education

There are two levels common in Emergency Medication Services (EMS) jobs: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. El Centro offers both EMT and Paramedic certification training.

EMT is the most common certification and is a starting point for a rewarding career in the health care field. The EMT training at El Centro will teach you to provide basic life support and emergency health care in settings such as ambulance agencies, hospitals and fire departments.

Becoming a Paramedic requires that you have a current EMT certification and successfully complete an anatomy and physiology course. The El Centro Paramedic program is a 34-credit-hour program that prepares you to provide advanced health care to patients. We offer Paramedic classes year-round in full-time, shift-based and hybrid formats.

Review the EMT and Paramedic class schedules to find a training class that works for you.

EMT and Paramedic Certifications


The EMT certification program requires 202 training hours that consist of hospital rotations, classroom instruction, lab practice and ride-alongs in an ambulance. After the training, successful candidates must take a national exam called the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. El Centro EMT program graduates have a 93% success rate for passing this exam the first time. We offer training classes year-round, so review our class schedule to find a training class that works for you.


Graduates will complete requirements for Texas Department of State Health Services Paramedic certification, which includes the National Registry of EMTs exam. The El Centro Paramedic program continually has one of the highest pass rates on the exam. On average, 95% of graduates pass on the first attempt. Over the last several years we have trained hundreds of students.

The Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 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
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8992 (fax)

Paramedic Program Outcomes

National Registry first-time pass rate National Registry overall pass rate Graduate job placement or further education rate
Retention rate
2017 96.3% 100% 93.3% 87.4%
2016 97.7% 100% 100% 83.3%
2015 92.5% 100% 94.8% 86.0%

Paramedic to Registered Nurse Bridge

Once certified as a Paramedic, a student can apply to the El Centro Registered Nurse (RN) bridge program to be become a Registered Nurse (RN). This program can be completed in three quick semesters. Please contact us for more information about the Paramedic to RN bridge program at El Centro.

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P)

Applicants to our Paramedic program must have passed with a letter grade of C or higher a college credit course in human anatomy and physiology, as documented by official college transcripts. Prior to each Paramedic cohort start date, El Centro Paramedic faculty teach an A&P course. This course is Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Students can register for this course online through the eConnect system.