Florida EMT and Paramedic Schools - FL
To enter an EMT course, students must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or a GED. The basic EMT program takes about 250 hours and is followed by a practical examination proctored by the instructor. This hands-on skills assessment will rate the graduate’s ability to perform common EMT-basic tasks in a simulated environment.
Additionally, an EMT-basic graduate must either pass the written (actually, computer-based) exam offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) or pass the Florida Department of Health’s EMT-basic exam, offered through the Emergency Medical Services Bureau.
Paramedics must complete a more comprehensive program, usually involving either a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, after already having earned their EMT-basic certification. There are several Florida EMT schools and paramedic schools in Florida. Physicians, dentists and registered nurses who already have EMT-basic certification do not need to go through a paramedic education program. The program itself can take $1,500 hours or more and covers many topics studied in nursing and medical school, including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and advanced life saving techniques. These licensed professionals can “challenge” the paramedic written (or computer-based) exam by simply applying for and passing the multiple-choice examination. There are a few Florida paramedic schools and Florida EMT schools available.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring EMTs and Paramedics in Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando, Florida may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including Baptist Medical Center, Florida Hospital Orlando, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Memorial Regional Hospital.