Paramedic Program - El Centro College

Paramedic Credit Certificate and Continuing Education EMT Certification

El Centro College provides Paramedic education for college credit and continuing education EMT training that can be converted into college credits.

Paramedic Certificate

The Paramedic certificate program takes approximately six and a half months to complete (34 to 42 credit hours) and is designed to prepare you to provide advanced prehospital care to emergency patients. Courses include classroom instruction, hospital rotations with emphasis on emergency department experience and emergency ambulance experience. The Paramedic program includes ACLS, PEPP/PALS and ITLS certifications, as well as cadaver lab.

The Paramedic program will prepare you to function in an advanced life-support capacity with invasive skills such as:

  • intravenous initiation
  • external jugular cannulation
  • endotracheal intubation
  • drug administration by various routes
  • intraosseous infusions
  • electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm identification
  • 12-lead ECG
  • defibrillation and cardioversion
  • noninvasive cardiac pacing
  • chest decompression

Acceptance to the Paramedic Program

Priority acceptance is given to area EMS agency personnel. Civilian applicants are accepted to the program after those agency needs are met, typically allowing eight to 20 spaces for non-EMS-employed individuals.

Application Process

Applications for the Paramedic program are typically due four months before the beginning class date. If you are accepted for an interview, you will be notified two to three weeks after the application deadline. After the interview, we’ll send you an acceptance status notice two to three weeks later.

Once you have been accepted into the Paramedic program, you must complete additional paperwork such as immunizations, physical exam, drug screening and a criminal background check. Information on these forms will be mailed with the acceptance letter.


Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

There are various other fees (including fees for Texas Department of State Health Services registration and National Registry of EMTs testing). El Centro College tuition is waived for individuals employed by a fire department.

EMT Continuing Education Certification

El Centro College also offers Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification for continuing education units that can later be converted into college credit hours.

Continuing education EMT classes consist of 23 days spent in the classroom (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday), followed by hospital and ambulance rotations and the National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) skill exam.

The EMT course includes instruction in basic life support, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automatic external defibrillation, physical assessment, bandaging and splinting, traction splinting, spinal immobilization, airway management, oxygen therapy and other noninvasive procedures.

Hospital and ambulance rotations consist of one 24-hour shift on a Dallas Fire-Rescue Department mobile intensive care unit (MICU); and five 8-hour shifts in Parkland Hospital’s emergency department and labor and delivery, and Children's Medical Center emergency department. The NREMT written exam can be scheduled following the last day of class.

Succes Rate

Attrition rate: <20%
Employability rate: 99%

2015-2017 = 95% First time pass rate on the NREMT paramedic cognitive exam.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty members not only have relevant academic degrees and advanced certifications but professional experience so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face on the job. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in your education and career. See profiles of Paramedic and EMT program faculty members.


The El Centro College EMS Education program is accreditated by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Service Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Prorgams
25400 US Highway Education Progams
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 EMT-paramedic certification, which includes the National Registry of EMTs examination.

Program Location

Classes are held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at El Centro College - Center for Allied Health adn Nurisng Paramount Building 301 N. Market Street, P712C Dallas, TX 75202.

Hospital rotations are held at Parkland Helath and hospital System, Baylor Hospital, Medical City of Dallas, Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Clements University Hospital.