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LEARN HOW TO BECOME A PARAMEDIC

These are the steps you will need to follow to apply for and be accepted into the CSRIPS Paramedic training program.

MAIN CAMPUS SCHEDULE
Start Date: 2021-10-05 T/W/TH Eves.
12 Months

 

Open House: August 24 & 28

Registration: Aug 30 @ 10am

Notification: Week of September 8

Add/Transfer/Drop: September 13 – 17

Tuition Due: September 10

  • tuition & fees due with late registration application
Start Date: 2022-01-03 Friday Class
14 Months

 

Open House: October 9

Open House: November 6

Registration: November 15 – 19

Notification: Week of November 29

Add/Transfer/Drop: December 6 – 10

Tuition Due: December 3

Start Date: 2022-04-06 Wednesday Class
14 Months

Open House: February 1 & 5

Registration: February 28 – March 4

Notification: Week of March 7

Add/Transfer/Drop: March 14 – 18

Tuition Due: March 11

  • tuition & fees due with late registration application
Start Date: 2022-07-21 Thursday Class
14 Months

Open House: May 3 & 7

Registration: June 6 – 10

Notification: Week of June 13

Add/Transfer/Drop: June 20 – 24

Tuition Due: June 17

  • tuition & fees due with late registration application
PARAMEDIC
1110 HOURS
CLASS SCHEDULES
Day Class 14 Month Schedule

Class is one (1) time per week

  • 9am – 5pm
  • Approximately 62 weeks

Hospital Clinical

  • 200 hours
  • Day & Evening slots available
  • Scheduled based on availability

EMS Ride Along

  • 360 hours
  • Monday – Saturday slots
  • Scheduled based on availability
Night Class 12 Month Schedule

Class is three (3) times per week

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
  • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Approximately 52 weeks

Hospital Clinical

  • 200 hours
  • Day & Evening slots available
  • Scheduled based on availability

EMS Ride Along

  • 360 hours
  • Monday – Saturday slots
  • Scheduled based on availability
TUITION AND FEES
Fees

2021 – 2022 (Effective for all classes with a class start date of October 1, 2021 and beyond)

  • Application Fee: $50.00
  • Lab & Materials (L&M) Fee is paid upon acceptance into the Paramedic program
  • L&M Fee: $675.00
  • Facility Fee: $35.00 per semester
Tuition

Tuition is paid upon acceptance into the Paramedic program

2021 – 2022

  • Tuition: $7500.00

Payment Plan Options:

  • Single Payment
  • 4 Payments

Valid forms of payment include:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Florida Prepaid
  • Florida 529
  • Sallie Mae
  • VA Benefits
  • Private Scholarship
External Expenses (UPDATED!)

The following estimated fees are paid directly to the vendor (not CSRIPS) prior to class beginning.  Prices should be verified with the vendor.

  • Books: approx. $757.00 (Book information will be provided after registration closes.  Do NOT purchase prior to receiving the email from CSRIPS.)
  • FISDAP (skills tracking): $85.00
  • American Data Bank (Broward Hospital): $168.00.  Includes Broward Hospital, Drug Screening and Level 2 Background Check (scheduling fee may apply).
  • InUnison (uniform package): $40.00

Upon successful completion of the program, the following estimated fees are paid directly to the vendor (not CSRIPS) to take the state exam and become licensed.

  • Written exam fee (testing center): $125.00
  • State licensing fee: $45.00

BECOMING A FLORIDA PARAMEDIC

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!

FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY

Acceptance into the CSRIPS Paramedic program is a first come first serve process.  Only students that have a fully completed application, including application fee, will proceed in the application process.  If your application is not complete in any way, your application will not be reviewed and will not be accepted.

If you are a returning student, please read this carefully.  When you apply, please enter your name and email that is currently on record.  Once you do that, you will be presented a screen that will direct you to your email for a personalized link to complete your application.  Do NOT share this link with anyone.  This is your personal information.  When you click on the provided link, your application will appear and the information in your student record will be automatically populated.  Do NOT create a new student record if you are a current student with us.  Duplicate records may cause you to be removed from the program.

EXTERNSHIP INFORMATION
BACKGROUND CHECKS

Background checks are a hospital requirement for all clinical rotations and are not conducted until after acceptance into the program but prior to the scheduling of rotations.  Should you have any arrests or convictions, please contact the office to discuss your situation.  

The hospitals mandate that each student pass the same background check as hospital employees; a Level 2 background check.

  • Level 1 generally refers to a state only name based check AND an employment history check.
  • Level 2 generally refers to a state and national fingerprint based check and consideration of disqualifying offenses, and applies to those designated by law as holding positions of responsibility or trust.  Typically, a Level 2 Background Check covers search of fingerprint-based information, national criminal history records, as well as county criminal records.
DRUG SCREENING

The 10 panel drug screening is also a hospital requirement for all clinical rotations and is not conducted until after acceptance into the program but prior to the scheduling of rotations.  Should you have any questions about the drug screening process, please contact the office for more information.

MANDATORY EXTERNSHIP ORIENTATION

All Coral Springs campus students are REQUIRED to attend a Mandatory Externship Orientation on the date & time listed below. Our Clinical Coordinator will cover information about rides, clinicals, FISDAP and COMPLIO for Coral Springs.

CORAL SPRINGS STUDENTS ONLY – Please check the date and time in your class materials in your MyCSRIPS account. 

COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Broward Health has mandated all employees of Broward Health and all students in the Broward Health system receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to remain in the hospital.  Effective August 15, 2021, all EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic students will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Broward Health in order to successfully complete the program.  A valid vaccine card will be required as proof and will be uploaded during the Broward Health Complio process.  Students who do not have the vaccine should not apply for the EMT-Basic program or EMT-Paramedic program since you will be unable to complete your clinical.  If you are not accepted by the hospital, you will not be able to complete your program and no refund will be provided.

VETERANS PREFERENCE REGISTRATION
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Effective August 15, 2021, CSRIPS will be providing veterans who have been honorably discharged the opportunity to apply for the EMT-Paramedic program prior to open registration.  CSRIPS is reserving a set number of seats per class, depending on headcount, for veterans.  Should a veteran be interested in applying for one of these positions in the upcoming semester, please email csrips@coralsprings.org.  Be prepared to submit your DD-214 for proof.

1. OPEN HOUSE

DUE TO THE CURRENT PANDEMIC ALL OPEN HOUSES WILL BE HOSTED VIA ZOOM. A LINK IS POSTED ON OUR MAIN PAGE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED TO ATTEND. WE WILL RESUME LIVE OPEN HOUSES IN THE FUTURE.

2. TAKE A CSRIPS BLS HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CLASS

Students must complete the CSRIPS BLS Healthcare Provider course at least 2 weeks prior to class beginning. Cards from other organizations will not be accepted.  If you currently have a BLS Healthcare Provider card from CSRIPS and it expires during the Paramedic class, you have 2 options.

  1. If the card expires during the first 4 months of class, please register for a CSRIPS BLS Healthcare Provider class prior to your Paramedic class beginning.
  2. If the card expires after the first 4 months, you will need to register and successfully complete a CSRIPS BLS Healthcare Provider class prior to your card expiring.  
3. ACQUIRE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

In order for your application to be submitted for review, you must complete all of the required information and upload during the application enrollment period.  This is a first come first serve process so in order to increase your chances of being accepted, you are strongly encouraged to have all information ready when you begin your application.  Below is everything you will need to have on hand for the application.  You will need to have a PDF or picture for certain file uploads. 

CSRIPS - Main Campus

4180 NW 120th Avenue
Coral Springs, Florida  33065

  1. Social Security Number
  2. Diploma or Transcript (Picture or PDF)
  3. Proof of Age; Driver’s License or birth certificate (Picture or PDF)
  4. Medical Insurance Card
  5. EMT State License, EMT Certificate of Completion, Current EMT student (see Step 4. Application Process for details)
  6. FCDICE Number
  7. VA Information  (if applicable; Picture or PDF)
  8. IEP Information (if applicable; Picture or PDF

*Medical information is collected from Broward Health during the Complio registration.

4. APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process is now a 2 step process.

  • Step 1 – Basic student information along with payment of the application fee.
  • You will receive an email within 2 hours with instructions for completing Step 2 within your MyCSRIPS student portal.  You are required to complete Step 2 by the end of the registration day.
  • Step 2 – Student will be required to:
    • acknowledge Refund Policy (required)
    • acknowledge the Release and Waiver (required)
    • acknowledge the Photo Release and Waiver (required)
    • acknowledge the COVID-19 disclaimer (required)
    • select alternate payment options (if applicable)
    • select Veteran benefits (if applicable)
    • select Individual Education Plan (IEP) (if applicable)
    • upload health insurance id card (required)
    • upload BLS Healthcare Provider card (not required for the application.  See Step 2 – Take a BLS Healthcare Provider Course above.)
    • provide emergency contact information (required)
    • upload diploma (high school or college or GED) (required)
    • upload drivers license (required)
    • upload EMT license (see Registration information for further details)

The student should only complete Step 2 after paying the application fee. (If you are unable to complete Step 1, the course may be full, or registration has closed. Do not contact the office.) Once Step 2 has been completed, the student’s application is considered complete and will be reviewed for consideration.

5. NOTIFICATION PROCESS

Email is the primary means of communication.  It is the students responsibility to check email daily.  We will not track you down.  If the assignments or tasks listed below do not get completed by the assigned date, you will be dismissed from the class.

All applications are submitted electronically and the admissions staff is reviewing and notifying students accordingly.  Each term has a notification period.  Please do not call the office asking about your application status.  You will be notified about your status during the notification period via email.

  • Accepted
    1. Complete instructions on acceptance letter
    2. Pay the Lab & Materials fee on MyCSRIPS invoice
    3. Accept Student Enrollment Agreement within MyCSRIPS record
    4. Pay tuition
  • Denied
    1. Review Application Notes section in MyCSRIPS specific tab
    2. Reapply during Late Registration
6. COURSE PRE-WORK

Should a student be accepted into Paramedic, an email notification will be received welcoming the student and providing instructions for the next steps.  The student will be provided information for books, drug screening, Day 1 expections, dress code, rides and clinicals.

Some of these items will have due dates.  It is extremely important the student review the information and plan their time accordingly.  Any item not getting done by the due date will result in the student being dismissed from class.

 

Main Campus Students Only –

The Broward Health system is contracting American Data Bank with their Complio system to validate hospital requirements.  Given that, items that were required in the CSRIPS EMT-Paramedic application are now part of course pre-work.  Once accepted to the program, you will receive instructions on how to register with the Complio system.  This information will be a requirement for the hospital.  If it is not completed, you will not be able to complete your clinical rotations and will not graduate from the program.  This information will include;

  1. Medical Insurance Card
  2. Flu Vaccine (October 1 – March 31)
  3. Immunization Information
  4. Drug Screening
  5. Level 2 Background Check
ARE YOU READY?

Have you read all 6 steps above?

Did you complete the New Student Orientation?

Did you complete or at a minimum register for an upcoming BLS Healthcare Provider class?

Do you have all of your files saved in the proper format and ready to upload?

Do you understand how you will be notified of your status?

Do you understand you will be responsible for items after you submit your application and if you are accepted?

MARTIN COUNTY CAMPUS UPDATE

The Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety (CSRIPS), in conjunction with Martin County Fire Rescue (MCFR), has made the decision to discontinue EMT and Paramedic coursework at their location in Martin County. Courses that are currently in session, will be taught to completion with full support from both CSRIPS and MCFR. However, at this time there are no plans to resume courses at the Martin County location for the foreseeable future. CSRIPS will continue offering both EMT and Paramedic courses as well as Fire I & II at their Coral Springs campus and EMT at their Lauderhill campus.

 

Winter 2022 Registration Information

Students registered for EMT-Paramedic at the main Coral Springs campus will only be permitted to complete clinicals and rides that correspond with that campus location. 

MAIN CAMPUS:

    1. Registration opens November 17 @ 1pm (EMT Licensed only).
    2. Registration opens November 18 @ 1pm (EMT Certificate of Completion).
    3. Registration opens November 19 @ 1pm (Current EMT Student with end date prior to Day 1 of Paramedic).

 

  1. Any student that does not meet the qualifications for the particular registration date will be removed from the roster.

 

Please be advised that effective August 30, 2021, all credit card transactions will be subject to a 2% convenience fee.

Graduating

78.8%

License Pass Rate

70.4%

Placement

74.4%