The road to becoming a paramedic is probably shorter than you think!
If you don’t have a medical background already, the terms may be confusing. EMT is the most common certification in emergency medical services, and two levels of certification are common to almost every state: EMT and EMT-paramedic. Becoming an EMT-Paramedic requires that you have a EMT certification first.
The Paramedic Certification Program is a 34- to 42-semester hour program that prepares you to provide advanced pre-hospital care to emergency patients. The Program is full-time and lasts approximately six and a half months after EMT training and anatomy and physiology classes. The program is designed to set you to become a successful entry level paramedic.
99.75% of our students go on to get jobs in their profession as paramedics or hired on to become professional firefighters/paramedics. We continually have one of the highest pass rates of the National Registry. In 2014 we trained over 130 students, with 94 percent of them passing on the first attempt. The remaining six percent were a 100 percent successful on the second attempt.
We offer two type of paramedic classes. We offer a six and half month academy style class that meets Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and a Shift Based class that meets on "C" shift. The Shift Based class runs from August - July of each year. Both classes are held at 801 Main Street in Dallas, Texas, on the third floor of the "C" Building. We offer a wide variety of classroom lecture, hands on skill development, scenario labs, plus simulation labs with our ambulance simulator and simulation manikins.
You will also be required to complete hospital rotations which take place at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Baylor Hospital, Medical City of Dallas, and Clements Hospital. Clinical rotation shifts, some of which occur on weekends, may include shifts from 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., and 10:45 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.
You’ll also need to be available for an ambulance field internship on a 24-hour on, 48-hour off basis, which will be the last requirement for you to complete the course. The internships are held in the fire departments surrounding the DFW area. Majority of our students do their internship with Dallas Fire and Rescue, but we also utilize Desoto, Lancaster, Duncanville, Irving, Richardson, Carrolton, Garland, and Mesquite Fire Departments. These shifts begin and end at 7 a.m.
To find out more about the program call 214-860-5003 or to apply online click here