Paramedic Training Florida (FL)

Paramedic Training

Florida paramedics are under the jurisdiction of the department of health. Students are provided the highest quality education to prepare to become competent leaders on the high place work of Emergency Medical Services. The program incorporates advanced learning opportunities by integrating Pediatric Advanced Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, response to disaster and advanced clinical education.

A paramedic must be a high school graduate or GED holder. Paramedic students often earn associate degrees in conjunction with their paramedic training.

The following is a list of requirements you will need to satisfy prior to becoming a licensed Paramedic in the State of Florida:

Paramedic License Requirement

  • 18 years of age
  • High School diploma
  • Valid EMT Basic license
  • Successfully pass Department of Health approved Paramedic training
  • Complete state approved CPR certification. Depending on the program, an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification is required, as well.
  • Each paramedic program requires different things from their prospective students. Immunizations are certainly required, and depending on where you apply, you might also need to provide proof of citizenship.
  • Students must also undergo a FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) and NCIC (National Crime Information Center) criminal background check, and provide proof of citizenship in the United States and proof of Florida residency. If proof of Florida residency is not provided, students will be charged for out of state tuition.
  • Valid drivers license not a requisite for an EMT license but may be required for better job prospects
  • An EMT-P course often provides students with a mixture of classroom and in-hospital clinical experience, as well as some field experience.
  • You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in Florida you select is an accredited program.

Educational requirements

Find a local approved training facility and register for the EMT Paramedic training. Prior to contacting the training facility you should get proof of immunization and verify with the training facility what other immunizations you will need prior to registering.

It is very important that you only register for an approved training program at a state approved facility, as non-approved courses will not be accepted for an EMT Paramedic license.

Training duration varies by provider, but are usually spread over an 9 to 18 month period and cost usually ranges between $4,000 and $6,000.

CPR first Aid certification

Paramedic Training Florida (FL)

A lot of approved training facilities also offer CPR certification courses. It would make sense for you to choose a training facility that does indeed offer both the Paramedic and CPR training courses.

Upon completion you will receive a certificate that is needed for the state EMT license application.

Examination Requirements

The required test at the paramedic level is the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination. The exam is made up of two parts, a written cognitive exam and a psychomotor exam.

Cognitive Examination

The cognitive examination will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care. This includes ventilation, oxygenation, Medical and EMS operator, Trauma, Cardiology, etc. The maximum amount of time you will be given to pass this portion of the examination is 2 and half hours.

Psychomotor Examination

The psychomotor examination consists of 12 different skills laid out in a scenario-type format to approximate the ability of the EMT-paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting.

Those taking the test are actually allowed to bring their own equipment to the exam provided it is approved for testing by the national registry representative in attendance at the examination.

The Application Process

In order to speed up the registration process you can submit the application prior to completing training and exams. You will need to fill in details of the training program you plan to take as well as your NREMT candidate number. The EMS will be able to complete data entry, fee processing and background check. Once you have completed training and the exams you can contact the Department of Health and inform them of the details.

In order to submit an application you must do the following:

  1. The most efficient way is to submit your application electronically here: https://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/DOHInitialApp/login.aspx
  2. Make sure you correctly fill in the EMT course and NREMT candidate details
  3. Make payment for $45 fee (check or money order payable to the Florida Department of Health)

Alternatively you are able to apply by post as follows:

  1. Complete the “Initial certification/licensure application for EMS personnel” form available here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/formsresources.shtm
  2. Make sure you correctly fill in the EMT course and NREMT candidate details
  3. Include payment of $45 fee (check or money order payable to the Florida Department of Health)

Criminal background check

Paramedic Applicants must undergo a criminal background check as part of the application process. You will have to go through the background check through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Details about the background check will be sent to you by the Florida Department of Health once they receive your application.

Recertification Requirements

Paramedic Training Florida (FL)

A Florida paramedic will take a 30 hour refresher course prior to recertification (http://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/emt-paramedics/renewal/index.html). The course will include two hours of pediatric training.

Paramedic schools in Florida(FL)

  • American Medical Academy – Miami, FL

Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program

12215 SW 112 Street

Miami, FL 33186

United States of America

  • Broward College – Davie, FL

3501 South West Davie Road

Bldg #8, Room 104

Davie , FL – 33314

  • City College-Altamonte Springs – Altamonte Springs, FL

177 Montgomery Rd

Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

  • City College-Ft. Lauderdale – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2000 W. Commercial Blvd

Ft. Lauderdale , FL – 33309

  • City College-Gainesville – Gainesville, FL

7001 NW 4th Blvd

Gainesville, FL 32607

  • City College-Miami – Miami, FL

9300 South Dadeland Blvd

2nd floor

Miami , FL – 33156

  • College of Central Florida – Ocala, FL

3001 SW College Road

Ocala , FL – 34478

  • Daytona State College – Daytona Beach, FL

1770 Technology Blvd.

Daytona Beach , FL – 32117

  • Eastern Florida State College – Melbourne, FL

Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program

3865 North Wickham Road

Melbourne, FL 32935

United States of America

  • First Coast Technical College, St. Augustine – St. Augustine, FL

2980 Collins Ave

St. Augustine , FL – 32084-1921

  • Florida Coast Career Tech/Florida State College at Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL

101 State St W

Jacksonville, FL 32202

  • Florida Gateway College – Lake City, FL

149 South East College Place

Lake City , FL – 32025

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville – St. Jacksonville, FL

4501 Capper Road

A254

Jacksonville , FL – 32218

  • Indian River State College – Fort Pierce, FL

3209 Virginia Avenue

Fort Pierce , FL – 34981

  • Manatee Technical Institute – Bradenton, FL

5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Bradenton , FL – 34211

  • Orlando Medical Institute – Orlando, FL

Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program

6220 S Orange Blossom Trail

Suite 420

Orlando, FL 32809

United States of America

  • Pensacola State College – Pensacola, FL

Warrington Campus

5555 Highway 98 West

Pensacola , FL – 32507

  • Santa Fe College, Gainesville – Gainesville, FL

Institute of Public Safety

3737 NE 39th Avenue

Gainesville , FL – 32609

  • St Petersburg College – Pinellas Park, FL

7200 66th Street N.

Pinellas Park , FL – 33781

  • Valencia Community College – Orlando, FL

1800 South Kirkman Road

Orlando , FL – 32811

FAQs

  • Do I need EMT experience to apply to a paramedic training program?

Typically, previous EMT experience is not required.

  • How much will a paramedic training program cost?

The Paramedic courses are different from college to college. Typically, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1000 to $10,000 for a quality and through paramedic training course.

  • How long will it take me to become a paramedic?

Typically, Paramedic program can take anywhere from six month to two years to complete

  • Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Florida?

In general, make sure you visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) to find an accredited paramedic training program.

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