Take the Next Step in your ems career
Why should I apply to the Paramedic Certificate program?
Now that you’ve been working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), you realize that you need to take your career to the next level. This is the higher level of the EMS career ladder. Paramedics are licensed EMTs who are then trained in advanced life support measures including venipuncture, intravenous therapy, endotracheal intubation, medication administration, arrhythmia interpretation, cardioversion, and defibrillation.
how long is the paramedic certificate program?
The Paramedic course is a one year program consisting of 42 credit hours over three consecutive semesters The program is offered once a year beginning in the fall semester and concluding after the summer term. All classes are held at the North Bay Campus in Southport primarily on Mondays and Wednesdays, on occasion class maybe held on different days of the week. An Associate of Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services is also available. This option expands the Paramedic Program to 73 credit hours including general education courses. The application deadline is May 31st.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information, please visit www.gulfcoast.edu/ge/parm
How much does a paramedic earn?
Most EMTs and paramedics work full time. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. The median pay for paramedics is $31,980 per year or $15.38 per hour.
Dr. Dan Finley, RP, BSED, MED, PhD
Interim Program Director
850-769-1551 ext. 5603