How To Become A Paramedic In Florida

How To Become A Paramedic In Florida

Levels of EMT

Professional Rescuer Certification (PRC)
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B)
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P)

National Registry State

NREMT certification is required in addition to a state examination


  • At least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must complete an HIV/AIDS training course
  • Submit to a background check
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Cannot have been convicted of a felony in the last 5 years
  • Possess an American Red Cross or American Heart Association certification in ‘professional’ BLS
  • CPR certified
  • A physical exam in accordance with HRS (Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services) guidelines
  • Must demonstrate basic vocational or college prepatory level understanding of English, which can be qualified through standardized testing or basic remedial courses

Length of License

2 years

License Maintenance Requirements

All EMTs and paramedics must complete:
• 30 hours of continuing education
• Two 2 hour course HIV/AIDs
EMT-B: current CPR card
EMT-P: current ACLS card

Continuing Education Requirements by Level

Total Hours:
EMT-B: 34 hours
EMT-P: 34 hours

Regulating State Agency

Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Scope of Practice

The laws governing Florida EMS Scope of Practice are governed by Chapter 401, Florida Statutes and Chapter 64J-1, Florida Administrative Code.




EMT Certification Application Fee: $35
EMT Exam Fee (NREMT): $70
EMT Refresher Equivalent Exam Fee: $70

Paramedic Certification Application Fee: $45
Paramedic Exam Fee (to the vendor): $40
Paramedic Refresher Equivalent Exam Fee: $40

Accredited Schools for 2013

  1. American Medical Academy – Miami, FL
  2. Barry University – Miami Shores, FL
  3. Brevard Community College – Cocoa, FL
  4. Broward Community College – Davie, FL
  5. College of Central Florida – Ocala, FL
  6. Central Florida Fire Academy – Orlando, FL
  7. Chipola College – Marianna, FL
  8. City College-Casselberry – Casselberry, FL
  9. City College-Ft. Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  10. City College-Gainesville – Gainesville, FL
  11. City College-Miami – Miami, FL
  12. Commercial Diving Academy – Jacksonville, FL
  13. Coral Springs Fire Department – Coral Springs, FL
  14. Daytona State College – Daytona Beach, FL
  15. Edison State College – Fort Myers, FL
  16. Emergency Educational Institute, Inc – Coral Springs, FL
  17. Emergency Medical & Technical Training – Miami Gardens, FL
  18. Emergency Medical Sciences Academy – Plantation, FL
  19. Emergency Medical Science Academy – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  20. Flagler Technical Institute – Bunnell, FL
  21. Florida Gateway College – Lake City, FL
  22. First Coast Technical College – St Augustine, FL
  23. Fortis College, Miami – Miami, FL
  24. Fortis Institute – Mulberry, FL
  25. Florida State College at Jax – Jacksonville, FL
  26. Florida State College at Jax-Nassau – Yulee, FL
  27. Florida State College at Jax-South Campus – Jacksonville, FL
  28. Florida Keys Community College – Key West, FL
  29. Florida Medical Training Institute, Inc – Jacksonville, FL
  30. Florida Medical Training Institute, Inc – Coral Springs, FL
  31. Florida Medical Training Institute, Inc – Melbourne, FL
  32. Florida Medical Training Institute, Inc – Miami, FL
  33. Florida Medical Training Institute, Inc – Tampa, FL
  34. Florida State Fire College – Ocala, FL
  35. Gulf Coast Community College – Panama City, FL
  36. Health Career Institute – Lake Worth, FL
  37. Health Opportunity Technical Centre, Inc – Miami, FL
  38. Hillsborough Community College – Tampa, FL
  39. Indian River State College – Fort Piece, FL
  40. Keiser Career College-Greenacres – Greenacres, FL
  41. Keiser Career Institute-Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL
  42. Keiser Career Institute-New Port Richey – New Port Richey, FL
  43. Keiser Career Institute-Miami Lakes – Miami Lakes, FL
  44. Keiser Career Institute-St Petersburg – St Petersburg, FL
  45. Lake Technical Centre – Eustis, FL
  46. Learey Technical Centre – Tampa, FL
  47. Manatee Technical Institute – Bradenton, FL
  48. McFatter Technical Centre – Davie, FL
  49. Medical Career Institute, LLC – Bonita Springs, FL
  50. Miami-Dade College – Miami, FL
  51. Midway Fire District Training Academy – Gulf Breeze, FL
  52. Nature Coast Emergency Medical Foundation – Lecanto, FL
  53. North Florida Community College – Madison, FL
  54. Northwest Florida State College – Niceville, FL
  55. Orlando Medical Institute – Orlando, FL
  56. Palm Beach State College – Lake Worth, FL
  57. Pasco-Hernando Community College – New Port Richey, FL
  58. Pensacola State College – Pensacola, FL
  59. Polk State College – Winter Haven, FL
  60. Regional Emergency and Medical Training Centre – Melbourne, FL
  61. Rescue Training, Inc – Orlando, FL
  62. Santa Fe College – Gainesville, FL
  63. Sarasota County Technical Institute – Sarasota, FL
  64. Seminole State College – Sanford, FL
  65. South Florida Community College – Avon Park, FL
  66. St. Petersburg College – Pinellas Park, FL
  67. Tallahassee Community College – Tallahassee, FL
  68. Taylor Technical Institute – Perry, FL
  69. Valencia Community College – Orlando, FL
  70. Washington-Holmes Technical Centre – Chipley, FL

As of 08/07/2011


There are currently over 61,500 certified EMTs and Paramedics in Florida.

One Response to “How To Become A Paramedic In Florida”

  1. Chris Wagner says:

    I am wondering what I would need to do if I wanted to become a Florida Paramedic. I am Licensed in Indiana as a Paramedic and have been for almost 20 years. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Chris Wagner