Paramedic

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Deciding to enroll at the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety to pursue your dream of becoming a Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic in the State of Florida is a huge step. It can be an overwhelming journey if not planned out properly. To help you succeed we will provide information on a career path that may work best for you. We offer all the required courses that you will need in order to become a successful candidate for a position as a Firefighter in Florida. Most agencies located in the South East (Broward, Dade & Palm Beach) will require candidates to be Firefighter/Paramedic certified as a minimum however other regions will hire Firefighter/EMT’s or just Firefighters. This means that you will need to complete EMT, Paramedic and Firefighter I&II and become State certified in all three courses. This can be accomplished at CSRIPS. Now you need to decide whether to start with the medical courses, EMT and then Paramedic, or the Fire course, Firefighter I& II. The information we provide can help you determine which will be best for you. Please review each course to assist with making the best decision for you to be successful, remember this process can take up to two (2) years to complete. Good Luck!

Paramedic Classes:

The Paramedic certificate program provides learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively as a supportive health care provider in the pre-hospital environment. The Paramedic program will build upon the EMT foundation adding an additional 1110 hours of training. The program is extensive and will take dedication to complete. REQUIREMENTS: You will be asked to upload copies of the following documentation during the application process.  Please have all the information on hand!  Incomplete applications will be denied.

  • EMT State License (required for 1st round of registration period)
  • EMT Certificate of Completion (preferred)
  • FCDICE Number (click here for instructions)
  • SSN (this will initiate your background check)***
  • Proof of Florida residency (Florida Drivers License or State ID)
  • Medical Examination * (Click here for form and upload the physician completed form when applying.  You MUST use this form.)
  • Influenza Vaccination ** (Click here to download the form and then upload completed and signed form during registration)
  • Diploma (High School, College, Transcript, GED are all acceptable)
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Drug Screening
  • Valid BLS Healthcare Provider certification (issued by CSRIPS).  You do not need to complete the BLS Healthcare Class prior to Paramedic registration however you must have completed and uploaded your card no later than 2 weeks prior to the first day of class.  Click here to see schedule and register for BLS Healthcare Provider.  There are several classes offered.  For any questions specific to the BLS Healthcare Provider class, please send an email to cprclasses@coralsprings.org.
  • Military Veterans (if applicable)
    • Copy of VA DD214 (page 4 only)
    • Copy of VA Certificate of Eligibility
    • Copy of VA Transcript
    • Copy of Form 1990 or 1995
  • Student Enrollment Agreement (completed after the application and MUST be accepted to complete the registration process)

Please be advised that it may take up to 2 weeks for all of your medical results to be processed in order to have a ‘completed’ medical exam.  You will not be accepted into Paramedic until your medical exam is deemed complete and ‘cleared’.  Please plan accordingly and have your medical forms completed prior to registration opening. ** Students attending class during the months of October thru April are required to have a flu vaccination *** Individuals who have been arrested or convicted for any crime are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

Graduate Pass Rates

Here are the most recent statistics for the 2016 – 2017 Paramedic classes.  This data is comprised of class statistics from July 1, 2016 thru June 30, 2017.

Graduated: 98%

Numbers based on Graduates

  • Practical: 100%
  • Written: 92%

Number based on Eligibility for Employment

  • Employed: 77%

CLASS SCHEDULES: To help you succeed we offer 2 different class schedules that can hopefully work with your personal life.

Day Class - 1x a week
  • Approximately 12-14 months
  • Day of week TBA
  • 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Some Saturdays will be scheduled (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Night Class - 2x a week
  • Approximately 12-14 months
  • Monday & Friday
  • 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Some Saturdays will be scheduled (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

The days and times listed above DO NOT include the mandatory externship hours required by law. Each student must fulfill the additional requirements below.

Hospital Clinical - 200 hours
  • Scheduled based on availability
  • Day & evening slots are available
EMS Ride along - 360 hours
  • Scheduled based on availability
  • Monday – Saturday starting at 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. (based on the department)