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
Medication administration by various routes
Intraosseous (IO) access
Electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm identification
12-lead ECG interpretation
Defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion
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)
Students must take EMSP 2471. This is the only approved anatomy and physiology course for the EMT and paramedic programs.
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
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. contact the EMS Office to submit required documents (above) and complete registration.
Paramedic cohorts start year-round. Please review our
class schedule to find a class that works for you. The program offers several cohorts to help meet the needs of all our students (availability of cohort varies). Once students choose a cohort, they must continue with that cohort and in that 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
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.
- NREMT skills testing fee: $250
- ACLS card: $5
- AMLS fee: $15
- PHTLS fee: $15
- PEPP fee: $10
estimated fees: around $300.
Textbooks are included in tuition.
Other Costs To Consider:
- Personal health care insurance coverage
- 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
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway,
Rowlett, TX 75088
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
|Year||Student Count ||National Registry first time pass % ||National Registry third time pass %|
| 2021 ||224||75.5%||88%|