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Paramedics administer advanced life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings. They assess the nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures and perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures.

Once You Complete the Program

Paramedics with a degree in Emergency Medical Services often obtain leadership and management positions. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians paramedic certification exam (NRP).  Upon successful completion of this exam, graduates will be awarded the NRP credential and are eligible to apply for licensure with the State of Florida.

Getting Started

The Paramedic program is a selective admission program.  Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Paramedic Application Book.

For more information, contact:
James Dinsch

Paramedic Program Information Sessions

Free, Information Sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:

Applying to the Paramedic Program

Now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 program.

For the Fall 2020 Application, we are currently waiving the advisement form and proof of information session attendance. All other documents should be emailed to

New students must first complete the online Application for Admission.

New and returning students must also follow these directions to complete and submit the Paramedic application prior to the application deadline.

  1. Sign into MyIRSC, and enter your Student ID and PIN number.
  2. Go to Registration (blue menu bar), and select Health Science Application.
  3. Place a check mark in the I Agree Statement.
  4. In the Health Science Program box, select Paramedic. Application Deadline: this automatically fills in the program deadline date.
  5. Select Submit. Select OK.
  6. Select Pay Fee Now and then Pay Now.
  7. Select Process For Payment.
  8. Select $30 application fee.
  9. Enter credit card details.
  10. Submit payment.


The Paramedic program of Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Additional Program Information


This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team.  Join now.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Emergency Medical Services

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Emergency Medical Services A.S.

Gain management and technical skills in many high-demand career fields, with the option to continue toward a Bachelor’s Degree at IRSC.

Technical (College Credit) Certificate

Earn valuable Technical (College Credit) Certificates at the same time you’re completing an A.S. Degree—get double the value and additional credentials by completing these blocks of courses.

Career Coach Employment Outlook

Wage and employment data for the example careers that follow is provided by Career Coach (powered by EMSI). EMSI uses data, reports and forecasts that are generated using government data sources and proprietary analytical processes. Educational requirements vary by career.
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