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:
Paramedic cohorts start year round,
review our class schedule to find a class that works for you.
This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit
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.