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Are you interested in a rewarding, challenging and fast-paced medical field that will always have job openings? One where you can truly make a difference in people’s lives in their time of greatest need?

Can you think on your feet and make accurate decisions quickly? Are you good at talking to people, even in stressful situations? Do you keep a level head under pressure? Consider a career in emergency medicine as an EMT or paramedic!

Paramedic program

El Centro College in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center

El Centro College in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center provides Paramedic education for college credit and EMT training that can be taken as noncredit and converted into college credits. See more.

EMTs vs Paramedics

The biggest differences between emergency medical technicians and paramedics are the training and the scope of what they are allowed to do. EMTs usually receive from 150 to more than 230 hours of training, while paramedics receive around 1,000 hours of training.

In other words, a paramedic is also an EMT (since he or she has had to complete EMT training to get to EMT-paramedic training), but an EMT is not a paramedic.

EMT and paramedic training can be used in a wide variety of careers where emergency medicine is required. Get started working on your certification today!

Degree, Certificate and Certification Options

El Centro College in Conjunction With UT Southwestern Medical Center


Paramedic Certificate

El Centro College offers a Paramedic certificate program for college credit in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s site, offering:

UT Southwestern Medical Center includes ACLS, PEPP/PALS and ITLS certifications as part of its Paramedic course, as well as cadaver lab. 

EMT Training

El Centro College and UT Southwestern Medical Center also cooperatively offer an Emergency Medical Technician program for noncredit continuing education units. Credit for the EMT course is awarded after successful completion of Paramedic class.

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Dallas, TX 75202
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Dallas, TX 75215
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3330 N Hampton Rd
Dallas, TX 75212
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