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Paramedic Certificate (6309)

Paramedic StudentJob growth and security, stimulating work environments and the opportunity to serve the public are just some of the benefits of a career in Emergency Medical Services. The Paramedic Certificate prepares students to become registered paramedics and safely provide services in emergency situations. Participants will grow personally as they help meet the needs of patients, their families and the community.

The paramedic program offered by TCC consists of classroom work, discussions and demonstrations, as well as laboratory practice, supervised clinical instruction and practice, and supervised on-the-job performance in an intensive care vehicle. The program of instruction in the paramedic courses is a minimum of four semesters, totals approximately 1260 clock hours and awards 42 semester hours of credit. Upon satisfactory completion of the 42 semester hours, the student is eligible to sit for the State examination to become a registered paramedic. Most students can complete the EMS Technology associate degree in less than one year after earning the Paramedic Certificate. 

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Paramedic Information Packet.pdfParamedic Information Packet.pdf

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Advanced Placement Policy

Students are required to successfully complete all of the requirements and courses in the Paramedic Program to be eligible for graduation and to sit for the National Registry of EMT certification exam and/or the Florida paramedic exam. Advanced placement and experiential learning will not be considered. Students transferring from other institutions' paramedic programs may be eligible for acceptance into various stages of the program. This is determined after transcripts, course syllabi, outlines and skills have been evaluated by the appropriate staff and faculty of Tallahassee Community College.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) National Exam and State of Florida Exam Pass Rates

​# of
who attempted
FL exam
Exam, first
time tester pass rate

overall pass
first time
tester pass
2012​ ​11 ​100% ​100% ​4 ​100%
​2013 ​22 ​86% ​100% ​5 ​80%
​2014 ​23 ​83% ​96% ​2 ​100%
  *NREMT not required for certification in Florida


​2012 ​2013 2014​
​Enrolled/Completed ​15 admitted
13 graduated
​26 admitted
22 graduated
​27 admitted
21 graduated
​87% ​92% ​78%
​Attrition due to
non-academic reasons
​1 ​1 ​2
​Attrition due to
course failure
​1 ​1 ​4


Job Placement

​2012 ​2013 ​2014
​EMS Services ​7 ​12 ​16
​Fire Departments ​4 ​4 ​4
​Hospital ​1 ​4 ​1
​Military Service ​0 ​0 ​1
​Total ​12 ​20 ​22
​Percentage of
graduates employed
in EMS
​100% ​91% ​92%


 Program Details


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Program Purpose:
To prepare students for the State of Florida’s Paramedic Certification Exam and/or the National Registry of EMT Paramedic Exam (NREMT Paramedic) and for employment as registered paramedics that can perform safely and effectively as part of an emergency medical team.

This Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

This program is also approved by the State of  Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Employment Types:
Registered paramedics are employed by emergency care providers, ambulance companies, hospital emergency departments and intensive care units, and other settings.

Program Length:
 42 credit hours; three semesters

Admission Requirements:

  • Must complete all admission requirements of the College and have a standard high school diploma or GED diploma.
  • Applicant must be college-ready, which means the applicant does not need developmental education courses in English, reading and/or mathematics. This requirement may be satisfied by one or more of the following options:
    • The Florida Statute on Developmental Education exemption
    • Adequate placement scores from the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or other college placement scores accepted by TCC
    • Completion of developmental education courses
    • Completion of at least   and one general education Mathematics State Core  course
  • Must be a Florida-certified EMT or be eligible to take the Florida EMT examination. (EMT certification must be obtained before starting the program.)*
  • Must hold current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification at the Healthcare Provider level or American Red Cross certification in CPR for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer. Online BLS or CPR courses will not be accepted.
  • Must pass all clinical affiliates’ requirements for criminal background checks, drug screenings and health/immunizations before starting all classes.
  • Satisfactory completion of program course prerequisite.

*Students who are not yet EMTs may wish to enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate (B312)  program to begin their progress in this field.

Program Application:
The Paramedic certificate program begins each Fall and each Spring semester. It is a limited-access program with a limited number of seats per class. Application procedures must be completed by the published deadline. Applicants must submit both a general TCC application ( and a healthcare program application by the published deadline. Students may access the healthcare program application through their TCC Passport account.

See Additional Healthcare Degree Requirements  for more important information.

Academic Division:
Healthcare Professions, Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education

(850) 558-4500 or

View Information about Graduation Requirements and Year of Entry .

Course Information

Not all courses are offered in all semesters. View course description for availability.

Prerequisite (4 credit hours)

Note: Student must be Florida-certified EMT before enrolling in this program.

Paramedic Program Courses (38 credit hours)

Semester I (14 credit hours)

Semester II (14 credit hours)

Semester III (10 credit hours)


All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

In addition to the coursework, the student must participate in required specified hours of clinical experience during each semester.

* Students may choose to complete the Anatomy & Physiology series (BSC2085 /BSC2085L  and BSC2086 /BSC2086L ) instead of BSC1084C . All courses must be completed before application to the program.

Contact Information

For more information contact Admissions & Enrollment Services by phone (850) 201-8555, fax (850) 201-8474 or e-mail

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