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Program Goal

The goal of the Paramedic program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

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-admissions program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Paramedic Application Book.

Illicit drug use, background check, convictions and immunization status may prevent future employment. In addition, externship sites, employers, and regulations about drug use, criminal backgrounds, and immunization status.

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John Bray, Ph.D.

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Paramedic Program Information Presentation

Applying to the Paramedic Program

The application for the Fall 2024 program will be accepted after January 3, 2024. The deadline to apply is June 13, 2024.

To begin the application process:

  1. Read the Paramedic Application Booklet.
  2. Complete and submit the IRSC Application for the Paramedic program (Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee.)

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Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number or emails), submit the changes through MyPioneerPortal and to the Health Science Division at 772-462-7550.

Due to House Bill 1507, admission criteria can be affected. This bill has a possibility to change admission requirements for 2022 and beyond based on the Florida Department of Education rule development.  For more information on House Bill 1507, visit

Due to Rule 6A-10.024 (16), admission criteria can be affected. This bill has a possibility to change admission requirements for 2024 and beyond on the Florida Department of Education rule department. For more information on this rule, visit:

Licensure Requirements

Indian River State College offers a number of different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure in the state of Florida.  Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. Student eligibility to apply to sit for the Paramedic Certification in the State of Florida is defined in, F.S., 401.23 and also includes possession of a valid form of identification. Please visit the Florida Department of Health website to ensure your eligibility.

If you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida or one of the compact states after graduation, IRSC cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational requirements for professional licensure/certification in your state. Some states have requirements in addition to the program’s curriculum.  If you wish to take the National Registry of Emergency Paramedics (NR-P) exam in another state, contact the department of management systems in the state to determine whether this degree will meet their licensure requirements.

Completion of the Paramedic requirements makes you eligible to apply to take the National Registry of Emergency Paramedics (NR-P) exam in Florida. 

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Table for Paramedic


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 Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax: 214-703-8992

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. Learn more.

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. For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

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. For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

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