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Paramedic - Certificate Program

Become a health professional with advanced emergency medical services skills in Eastern Florida’s three-semester Paramedic College Credit Certificate program.

Paramedics administer life-saving and life-supporting procedures to ill or injured persons under supervision of a physician, other authorized party, or by voice communication. Many paramedics also train as firefighters, and Eastern Florida offers the program needed to take that career step.

After successfully completing EFSC’s Paramedic program, students are awarded a certificate in prehospital advanced life support and are eligible to take the Florida Paramedic State Board exams. Your Paramedic college credits also can be applied to EFSC’s Emergency Medical Services A.S. degree, offering more opportunities for career advancement.


The Eastern Florida State College Paramedic CCC 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 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

Paramedic - Certificate Program

Program Overview

Certificate Type
College Credit Certificate (CCC)
Delivery Method
Total Credit Hours
Academic Community
Public Safety
Contact Information
Melissa Walker, Advisor
Melbourne Campus
Building 8, Room 201B



Located on the Melbourne Campus, the 42-credit College Credit Certificate program begins in August each year and continues through the following spring and summer terms. Course schedules are shift-friendly and somewhat flexible, allowing working students to pursue their education while employed. Most of the program, with daytime classes only, can be completed without taking time off from a 24-hour-on, 48-hour-off shift.

Prerequisite: All applicants must obtain a State of Florida EMT certification by passing the state exam PRIOR to beginning the Paramedic program or by the twelfth (12th) week of the first Paramedic program term. If a State of Florida EMT certification is not obtained by the twelfth (12th) week of the first program term, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the program. EFSC offers the EMT program every semester.

How to Apply for the Paramedic CCC Program

EFSC’s Paramedic CCC is a limited-access program with a specialized application process that includes mandatory meetings for applicants. Review and follow the steps below to apply.

Click each number to review all steps before applying.

Review Deadlines & All Program Info

Since this is a limited access program with a special application process, it is important for prospective students to understand that there are application deadline dates and mandatory invitation-only meeting dates.

All interested persons should read all of the information provided here in the Paramedic Application Steps prior to applying for the program.

Paramedic Program Dates & Application Deadlines

Note: Applications must be submitted by midnight on the deadline date. Late applications cannot be accepted.

  • Fall Term 2024 Start (August 2024):
    Deadline to Apply - June 9, 2024

Review all of the Paramedic program information, including details about estimated expenses plus Frequently Asked Questions.

Apply for General EFSC Admission

Complete and properly submit the application for general admission to Eastern Florida State College. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee for admission that must be submitted at the time of application to the college.

EFSC Online General Application

Complete all general admissions requirements with the main EFSC Admissions office.

Please note that application processing can take up to 14 days due to the current volume of applications. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.

NOTE: This step pertains ONLY to those students who are not currently enrolled with the college.

If you’re a returning/readmit student who applied to EFSC one or more years ago and have not completed a course in the past year, you must re-apply through the online application and will not be charged the general EFSC application fee.

New & Existing EFSC Students: Complete General Requirements

If you are a new EFSC student, your general admissions acceptance letter and email will list admissions requirements that you must complete to avoid holds that would prevent you from registering for courses if accepted into the EMT program.

You can also review how to complete these general requirements on EFSC's accepted students' page.

If you are an existing EFSC student, you need to verify that you do not have any holds that would prevent course registration if you are accepted into the program.

Visit the Registration Holds webpage for details on how to check your EFSC Message Center for holds and how to clear them.

Complete Online Application for Paramedic Program

After you have received your general EFSC Admissions Acceptance letter or if you are a current EFSC student, complete and submit the online Public Safety Institute Application using the button below.

Your general admissions acceptance letter will include your Student email address and password required to access your myEFSC account so you can log in and submit the limited access Public Safety application.

The limited access application is in addition to the general application and MUST be properly submitted by midnight on the date of the application deadline. Late applications cannot be accepted.

  • Fall Term 2024 Start (August 2024) - Deadline to Apply: June 9, 2024

Complete the Paramedic Program Application

There is a $25 non-refundable fee for the Public Safety application which can be paid through your myEFSC online account or at a campus Student Accounts Business Office no later than the application deadline.

Monitor Email for Intake Meeting Notice
Intake Invitation-Only Meeting Dates

EMS staff will contact applicants for each upcoming term with an invitation to attend a mandatory Group Intake Meeting. We provide the intake meeting dates by term to assist you with planning, but you MUST be invited to attend the meeting once we've reviewed your Paramedic application submitted in Step 4.

It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor their EFSC Titan student email Inbox/Spam folder to check for information about the Intake Meeting.

Applicants must RSVP to their meeting invitation. The invitation will contain a reminder on the date, plus the time and location and other important meeting details. Remember: This meeting is mandatory and students will be notified of acceptance decisions following this Intake Meeting.

Intake Meeting Dates by Program Start
  • Fall 2024 Applicants: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Orientation & Acceptance Process

Students will be notified via Titan Email following the Intake Meeting described in Step 5 if they have been provisionally accepted into the Paramedic program. Those students must attend the Orientation.

We provide the Orientation date to assist you with planning in case your application should lead to provisional acceptance.

Orientation Dates by Program Start
  • Fall 2024 Applicants: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Final program acceptance will depend on the completion of orientation paperwork which includes the medical exam, immunizations, acceptable results of a required background check and drug screening, along with making sure your EFSC admissions and registration holds are resolved.

Please refer to the Paramedic Accepted Students Requirements Page for additional information.

Brief Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility

Estimated expenses for Eastern Florida’s Paramedic CCC programif you are a Florida resident are about $7,100, including tuition and fees. Public Safety advisors address all program costs and potential financial aid at the mandatory Group Intake Meeting.

The program is eligible for Federal financial aid and students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and scholarships which can help reduce out-of-pocket costs.

EFSC Paramedic Program Benefits & Outcomes

While training at Eastern Florida, you’ll benefit from:
  • Clinical rotations on city fire engines and squads, county and Coastal Health System ambulances, at emergency departments in area hospitals, medical examiners’ offices, and the county emergency communication center
  • Specialized tracks in advanced cardiac care, trauma injury care, and pediatric cardiac care
  • EMS simulation labs and state-of-the-art equipment used in your career field
  • Experienced, degreed faculty, including adjuncts who are command-officer level leaders of area EMS agencies, and who provide extensive real-world training in prehospital emergency medicine skills
  • The opportunity to apply for the EFSC Health Science Institute Transtion to Nursing RN A.S. program, designed for licensed Florida healthcare professionals such as Paramedics.
2022 annual Program Outcomes

The following are EFSC EMS Paramedic program outcomes as reported to the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP):

National Registry Written Examination: 100%
Retention: 76%
Positive (Job) Placement: 100%

As of April 7, 2024

Related Programs

As you consider the Paramedic CCC, explore these other options, including EFSC programs you could move on to after earning your Paramedic certificate.