This certificate will prepare completers to function in an advanced life-support capacity emergency medical service position in the pre-hospital environment. The paramedic program prepares the completer to use invasive skills, such as establishment of peripheral intravenous lines including external jugular cannulation, endotracheal intubation, drug administration by various routes, intraosseous infusions, electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm identification, 12 lead ECG interpretation, defibrillation and cardioversion, noninvasive cardiac pacing, and chest decompression. Skills lab time also includes a cadaver lab, vehicle extrication day, helicopter landing zone class and wilderness rescue day.
Classes are scheduled on a fire department shift-based format (A-, B-, or C-shifts) as well as one night group starting every January. These classes are designed to prepare individuals to provide advanced pre-hospital care to emergency patients. The paramedic courses include classroom instruction, hospital rotations with emphasis on emergency department experience, and emergency ambulance experience. The course work prepares the completer to take the National Registry Exam for Paramedic.
Minimum reading, writing and mathematics scores to begin paramedicine studies include a reading and writing score of “college level” and a mathematics score of 0097.
CPR Card Requirements
National Registry EMT-B or EMT-I or TDSHS EMT-B or EMT-I Requirements
Social Security Card Requirements
College credit for EMT - Basic Certification can be given through credit- by-exam. Please contact the Health and Human Services Division for more information.
There are a number of program prerequisites that must be completed before you can begin the paramedic program. For course numbers and descriptions please see the
Degree Plan and Course Descriptions |
Credit Course Schedule
Completion of this program
does not guarantee registration with the NREMT, or certification/license with DSHS.