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FAQs - Emergency Medical Services

What are my scheduling options for taking this program?
This program is offered on a full- or part-time basis with classes held in the day or in the evening (your choice).  However, the six-semester approach to earning an Associate of Science degree in EMS is based on a full-time course load.​ The total for the degree is 73 credit hours.

The fall (beginning in August) and winter (beginning in January) semesters are 16 weeks-long, and the summer semester (beginning in May) is only 12 weeks-long. The summer semester course content is the same as the fall or winter semesters despite the shorter summer semester duration.
How long is the EMS program?
The EMT certification course is one semester long (11 credit hours). The paramedic training is four semesters in length (42 credit hours). The total time to complete the EMS associate’s degree program is six semesters (73 credit hours).
How long is a semester?
For the EMS program, a fall or winter semester is 16 weeks or about four months. During the summer semester, the semester is only 12 weeks, but the content you are taking is the same as-if it was the longer 16 week semester. The summer classes are longer in duration, you spend more-time in class each day you attend. The total amount of time in each class is the same number of hours whether you attend in the fall/winter or in the summer. The college does offer mini-semesters but none are available in the EMS program.
Do I have to have special training to take the EMT course?
No special training is required. The only requirements are those needed for admission into Broward College and the EMS program. Namely transcripts, background checks, drug screening, high school diploma or GED, immunization records, a physical examination and an American Heart Association-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Life Support (AHA-CPR/BLS) card.
Is the EMS program difficult to get into?
Entry into the EMS program is on a first-come first serve basis after admission. However, the program space fills very quickly so a spot in the class is not guaranteed. Preference is given to employed first-responders, such-as firefighters, lifeguards, or police.
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