Paramedic Program

The Paramedic program can be completed in approximately 6.5 months in its fastest format.  Students will complete 34 credit hours beyond the prerequisites of EMT training and the anatomy and physiology course. 

The Paramedic program is designed to prepare students to provide advanced prehospital emergency care to patients. Training will include classroom instruction, laboratory practice, ambulance experience and hospital rotations with an emphasis on emergency department experience. Students will also earn ACLS, PEPP/PALS and ITLS credentials during the Paramedic courses.

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

  • Intravenous (IV) initiation
  • External jugular cannulation
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Medication administration by various routes
  • Intraosseous (IO) access
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm identification
  • 12-lead ECG interpretation
  • Defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion
  • Transcutaneous pacing
  • Needle thoracostomy

Paramedic cohorts start year-round. Please review our class schedule to find a class that works for you.

Paramedic Program Eligibility

NREMT or Texas DSHS EMT Credential

Applicants to the Paramedic program must have completed previous training as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and have a current and valid state of Texas EMT certification or National Registry credential.

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P)

Applicants must have passed 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.

Other Requirements

  • Graduation from high school or successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test.
  • Application and current admission to Dallas College.
  • Submission of official transcripts from each college or university previously attended (transcripts from the campuses of Dallas College are not required).
  • Completion of FEMA independent study courses IS-100.B – Introduction to Incident Command system; ICS-100; and IS-700.A – National Management System (NIMS).
  • Submission of a current physical exam, required immunizations and CPR certification to Castle Branch.
  • Submission of a complete application packet to the Health Sciences Division office by the designated application deadline.

Paramedic Program Admissions and Application

El Centro has a required application procedure based on Dallas College requirements, in addition to requirements from clinical facility partners. Contact us for the Paramedic program application paperwork and Paramedic program admission requirements in the application packet.  Applications are accepted for a respective Paramedic cohort after the class is posted on the Paramedic class offerings schedule.


In general, admission priority is identified as:

  1. Local EMS agencies who provide 911 services
  2. Local volunteer agencies who provide 911 services
  3. Other area agencies that provide EMS services
  4. Individuals who are not associated with an EMS agency but desire admission
Notwithstanding numbers one through four, all applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants are admitted following completed or impending completion of the application process.  eConnect registration and payment completion may serve as the requirement for acceptance as applicable for open enrollment courses.

Applicants are admitted until the application deadline, until the respective cohort is filled or until the course starts. A waitlist is created for cohorts that are filled before the course starts. Students on a waitlist may be admitted dependent upon capacity and resources of the program.

If an applicant is admitted dependent upon impending application completion, they may not be allowed to continue in the cohort, or they may become prohibited from attending clinicals, if the required application materials are insufficient, or if the application is not completed.

Students are required to have documentation of listed immunizations or proof of immunity as described by El Centro prior to admission to the course. All El Centro policies will be followed for this requirement.

Class Schedules

Paramedic cohorts start year-round. Please review our class schedule to find a class that works for you. El Centro offers several course formats to help meet the needs of all our students (availability of formats varies.) 

The Paramedic program is an accelerated program that will require a significant time commitment, including time studying outside of class. Regardless of which class format a student chooses, they should prepare to commit approximately 40 hours per week to lecture, laboratory sessions, hospital clinicals or an ambulance internship.

Academy (Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.): Class meets every weekday. The length of the program in this format is approximately 6.5 months.

“A” Shift-Based (Mon-Sat, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.): Class meets every third day on “A” shift days Monday–Saturday for lecture and laboratory. Clinical requirements are fulfilled outside of lecture and laboratory time. The length of the program in this format is approximately 9.5 months.

Hybrid (online/on campus, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.): Lectures take place online while laboratory sessions take place on campus two days a week. Clinical requirements are fulfilled outside of laboratory time. The length of the program in this format is approximately 10 months.

Tuition and Program Costs

See our tuition rates for tuition costs based on your place of residency. Review the costs specific to the Paramedic program and compare them to what you’d pay elsewhere! Contact the accounting office for tuition payment plan options.

Paramedic program tuition is waived for individuals associated with a fire department, as applicable with the Texas Firefighter Tuition Waiver. 

Estimated Expenses for the Paramedic Program

Tuition and other fees are subject to change. Please refer to current catalog for the tuition table.

The liability insurance fee is assessed at $11.70 for a fall entry to the program and is reassessed each fall a student is enrolled. The liability insurance fee is prorated to $8 for a spring entry to program and prorated to $5 for a summer entry to the program.


  • NREMT skills testing fee
  • ACLS fee
  • Fisdap fees
  • PEPP fee
  • ITLS fee
Total estimated fees: around $300.

Paramedic Textbooks:

  • Basic Arrhythmias
  • Paramedic textbooks
Total estimated book costs: around $400.

Other Costs To Consider:

  • Personal health care insurance coverage
  • Transportation
  • Parking fees at El Centro and hospital clinical sites
  • Texas Department of State Health Services registration
  • National Registry of EMTs cognitive exam testing fee

Paramedic Program Accreditation

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)

Graduates will complete requirements for the Texas Department of State Health Services Paramedic certification, which includes the National Registry of EMTs exam.

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%