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Paramedic Program

The Paramedic program can be completed in approximately six and a half months in its fastest format.  Students will complete 34 semester credit hours in 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 and skills, hospital rotations with an emphasis on emergency department experience, and ambulance 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, review our class schedule to find a class that works for you.

Contact us with any questions:

Diana Carmona-Gonzalez
301 N. Market Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Room P-712C
Telephone: 972-860-5095
E-mail: d.carmona-gonzalez@dcccd.edu


Alexander L. Flores MBA, MS, Lic. Paramedic
Emergency Medical Education Coordinator
El Centro College Division of Health Sciences
Email: AFlores@dcccd.edu
Telephone: 972-860-5044 (Office)

Paramedic program admissions and application

El Centro has a required application procedure based on Dallas County Community College District requirements, in addition to requirements from clinical facility partners.  View 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 1-4, all applications are accepted as first come first served.

Applicants are admitted following completed or impending completion of the application process.  E-Connect 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 the course starts.  A waiting list is created for cohorts that are filled before the course starts.  Students on a waiting list may be admitted dependant on capacity and resources of the college.  If an applicant is admitted dependant on impending application completion they may not be allowed to continue in the cohort or become prohibited from attending clinicals if the required application materials are insificent to standards or the application is not completed.

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

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 & 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 A&P as documented by official college transcripts.  Prior to each Paramedic cohort start date, El Centro College Paramedic Faculty teach an A&P course.  This course is SCIT 1307 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I.  Students can register for this course online through the eConnect system.  (View registration instructions)

Other requirements

  • Graduation from high school or successful completion of the General Education Development (GED).
  • Application and current admission to a Dallas County Community college.
  • Submission of official transcripts from each college or university previously attended (transcripts from Dallas County Community colleges 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.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

Class Schedules

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

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

Academy Monday-Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm:  Length of course approximately 6 1/2 (Six and a half) months.

“A” Shift based 7:30am - 3:30pm: Class meets every 3rd day on “A” shift days Monday-Saturday for lecture and laboratory.  Clinical requirements are fulfilled outside of lecture and laboratory time.  Length of course approximately 91/2 (Nine and a half) months.

Hybrid 7:30am - 3:30pm: Lecture online with laboratory on campus two days a week.  Clinical requirements are fulfilled outside of laboratory time.  Length of course approximately 10 (ten) months.

Tuition and program costs

See El Centro tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.  Review the Paramedic program specific costs and compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere!  See 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 subject to change. Please refer to current catalog for tuition table.

Liability insurance fee is assessed at $11.70 for a fall entry to the program and is reassessed each fall a student is enrolled. Liability insurance fee is prorated to $8.00 for a spring entry to program and prorated to $5.00 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 College 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
25400 US Highway Education Programs
Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX: 214-703-8992

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

Paramedic Program Outcomes

National Registry first time pass rate National Registry overall pass rate Graduate job placement or furthered education Retention rate
2017 96.3% 100% 93.3% 87.4%
2016 97.7% 100% 100% 83.3 %
2015 92.5 100% 94.8% 86.0 %

Paramedic class location

Classes meet at the Center for Allied Health “Paramount building” at El Centro College 301 N. Market Street, P712C Dallas, TX 75202. (Google maps)

Contact us!

Please contact our EMS Education team with any questions.

Diana Carmona-Gonzalez
301 N. Market Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Room P-712C
Telephone: 972-860-5005
E-mail: d.carmona-gonzalez@dcccd.edu


Alexander L. Flores MBA, MS, Lic. Paramedic
Emergency Medical Education Coordinator
El Centro College Division of Health Sciences
Email: AFlores@dcccd.edu
Telephone: 972-860-5044 (Office)