Paramedic Program Information

A Paramedic is a health professional who has had advanced training in Emergency Medical Technology and can administer life-saving and life-supporting procedures on indication and under supervision of a physician or authorized party in person or via voice communication. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn a College Credit Certificate in pre-hospital advanced life support. Students are also eligible to take the Florida Paramedic State Boards.

The Paramedic Program begins in August and lasts three semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer). The schedule is shift-friendly, allowing for limited flexibility. All classes are located on the Melbourne Campus.  

Pre-requisite: An EMT certification is not required to be registered for the Paramedic program. However, an EMT certification must be provided by the mid-term of Paramedic 1 (approximately the 8th week), or the student will be removed from the program. With that being said, at least one year's experience, or its equivalent, as an active EMT is recommended but not required.

Accreditation: The Eastern Florida State Collage Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Contact Information: CAAHEP,
 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158,
 Clearwater, FL 33763
; 727-210-2350; 727-210-2354 (Fax); Email: mail; Website:

Paramedic Application Steps

Step 1:  Review Application Steps, Check Deadlines & Important Meeting Dates 

Since this is a limited access program with a special application process, it is important for prospective students to understand that there is an application deadline and mandatory meeting dates. All interested prospective stduents should read the information provided here in the Paramedic Application Steps prior to applying for the program.

Application Deadline for Fall Term 2019 Start: June 24, 2019 by 4 PM

Review the estimated expensesprogram curriculum, and frequently asked questions

Step 2:  Apply for General Admission to Eastern Florida State College

New Students: Complete and properly file the application for general admission to Eastern Florida State College, prior to program application deadline. The EFSC General Application is available online. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee for admission that must be submitted at the time of application to the college. Complete all general admissions requirements with the Admissions office.

Returning Students: If it has been over one year since you have taken a course at EFSC, you must Readmit. The EFSC Readmit Application is available online. There is no fee to readmit.

EFSC Campus Admissions Offices can assist with the general admission application process and accepted student requirements.

Step 3:  Verify General Admissions Requirements

Verify with the Admissions Office that you have met all College Admissions requirements.

Check for Registration Holds that may prevent you from registering for courses. Click to learn more about how to clear holds.

Step 4:  Complete Online Application for Paramedic Program

The next available paramedic program you can apply for is Fall 2019. Complete the online Public Safety Institute Application for Paramedic. This application is in addition to the general EFSC application and MUST be properly submitted by the application deadline, June 24, 2019 by 4 PM. It can be submitted while you are working on completing your general EFSC admissions requirements. Make sure you provide your personal email address on this application. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for the Public Safety Institute application which can be paid through your myEFSC online account or at a campus cashier's office no later than the application deadline. 

Step 5:  Intake Meeting

EMS staff will begin to contact applicants in mid-June with an invitation to attend a Group Intake Meeting. It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor their email Inbox/Spam folder to RSVP to their meeting invitation. EMS staff will send the invitation to the personal email address you provided in your Public Safety Institute Application. The invitation will contain the date, time and location of this meeting and other meeting details. This meeting is mandatory and students will be notified of acceptance decisions following this Intake Meeting.

Step 6:  Program Orientation & Acceptance Process

Students will be notified following the Intake Meeting via their student Titan email account to attend Orientation if they have been provisionally accepted into the program. Once you are accepted as an EFSC student, Titan email is the official means of email communication with the College. The final acceptance will depend on completion of orientation paperwork which includes medical forms, immunizations, acceptable results of the background check and drug screening, along with making sure your EFSC admissions and registration holds are resolved. Please refer to the Accepted Paramedic Student Requirements Page for additional information.


Melissa Walker, Student Advisor
Melbourne Campus, Building 8,
Room 201-B

Vicki Schnider, Program Specialist
Melbourne Campus, Building 8,
Room 201-N

Bill Farmer, Program Coordinator
Melbourne Campus, Building 8,
Room 201-I


CoAEMSP Targeted Outcomes


The targeted outcomes for the  Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) Annual Report are: 


National Registry Written Examination: 89%
Retention: 87% 
Positive (Job) Placement: 62%
*As of October 23, 2018