Paramedic Program

​​The Paramedic program can be completed in approximately 7.5 months in its fastest format.  Students will complete 39 credit hours beyond the prerequisites of EMT training. 

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, PHTLS, PEPP and AMLS 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.

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).
  • Submission of copies of the following documents to EMS office (in person or by email as PDF files):
    • State-issued photo ID or driver's license
    • Verification of medical insurance
    • BLS-CPR current course completion from American Heart Association
    • Physical exam (simple school sports type OK, no specific form or format needed) done within 6 months prior to program start
    • Immunization records
    • Current and valid state of Texas EMT certification or National Registry credential

Paramedic Program Admissions and Application

App​lications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Carole Sakach (csakach@dcccd.edu) to submit required documents (above) and complete registration.

Class Schedules

Paramedic cohorts start year-round. Please review our class schedule to find a class that works for you. The program offers several course formats to help meet the needs of all our students (availability of formats varies). Once students choose a format, they must continue in that course format through the remainder of the program. 

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.

Fast Track Academy (Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.): Class meets every weekday. The length of the program in this format is approximately 7.5 months.

“B” Shift-Based (Mon-Sat, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.): Class meets every third day on “B” 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 10.5 months.

Hybrid Fast Track (online/on campus, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 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 7.5 months.

Night Medic (Tues, Wed, Thurs, 6 pm -10 pm AND B shift Sat 8-5): The length of the program is 13 months.

*Please see program office for details regarding shift schedule.*

*There are multiple schedules available. Please contact program office for more information.* 

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.

Fees:

  • NREMT skills testing fee: $250
  • ACLS card: $5
  • AMLS fee: $15
  • PHTLS fee: $15
  • PEPP fee: $10
Total estimated fees: around $300.

Paramedic Textbooks:

Textbooks are included in tuition

Other Costs To Consider:

  • Personal health care insurance coverage
  • Transportation
  • Parking fees at El Centro and hospital clinical sites, if applicable
  • 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
727-210-2350

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
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


YearStudent Count % National Registry third time pass %
2021 22475.5%88%
2020 25575%93%
2019 19587.5%95.2%