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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is a Paramedic?
A. A Paramedic (EMT-P) is an advanced care practitioner in Emergency Medical Services.  These individuals provide advanced medical and trauma care in the pre-hospital environment. A paramedic is responsible for emergency on-scene treatment, life-saving stabilization, and transport of ill or injured patients to an acute care facility. Additionally, Paramedics provide direct patient care in ER’s, clinics, and ambulance services.

Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The Paramedic program is offered every semester at the Medical.  T hese courses are offered at the Medical Campus on a “shift” schedule and as an evening offering.  Applications for the paramedic program should be submitted in accordance with the established deadlines for each semester.

Q. What are the application requirements?
A.  To be eligible for the Paramedic program you must be a current student at Miami Dade College and have successful all levels of the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) or successfully completed the all levels of college prep coursework or higher to be eligible for these classes.

Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A.  To be eligible for the Paramedic program students must:

  1. Be a current student at Miami Dade College
  2. Successfully completion of BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L
  3. Provide a copy of a current State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician certification
  4. Completion of the Paramedic Entrance Examination
  5. Hold a current BLS CPR Card (copy must be submitted with application)
  6. Have acceptable CPT scores or appropriate exemption status.
  7. Submitted a completed Student Health Record (completed health record must be submitted with application)
  8. Provide proof of medical insurance (copy of card or signed waiver)
  9. Successfully complete the criminal background check through the identified College Vendor (documentation must be submitted with the application)  

Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. There are no general education requirements that must be completed in advance to apply for the paramedic program other than the BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L.

Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. The Paramedic program is a college certificate program.  Upon successful complete of the Paramedic program, the student earns 42 college credits. Students that apply for graduation receive the Miami Dade College – College Credit Certificate diploma upon successful completion of the program.

Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program is offered at the Medical Campus on the “shift” schedule from 8:00am – 9:00pm, Monday through Friday.  The evening offering meets Monday through Thursdays, 5:00pm – 9:00pm and on Saturdays from 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A.  If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week while enrolled in the Paramedic program courses.

Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Medical Campus does not provide job placement.  Through the Career Center located in the New Student Center on the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been forwarded to the Career Center.

Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A.  In order to work as a Paramedic, a certification is required in the State of Florida.  This certification requires that you pass the state credentialing examination offered by the Florida Department of Health.

Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, certified Paramedic may expect to earn an annual salary of $21,000 - $36,000 if employed in a full-time setting. This does not include a sign-on bonus, benefits or overtime.




All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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