paramedic using defibrillator

Who We Are

The Paramedic program trains students in the specialized and advanced skills and techniques required for emergency in-the-field pre-hospital care. Instruction covers IV therapy, advanced cardiac life support, advanced care skills for the patient in shock and telemetry and communications. It also provides additional information and skills practices to allow you to become proficient in the care of respiratory, medical and traumatic emergencies. The specific purpose of this program is to meet minimum requirements set by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to allow you to take the Florida state certification examination for paramedic. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Florida state board examination for paramedic. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have proof of completion of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. Florida certification as an EMT must be obtained prior to the end of the first semester of the program.

Continue your path with a Paramedic certificate

career options

Graduates are qualified to work as advanced care providers in the following locations:

  • Ambulances
  • Hospital emergency rooms
  • Intensive care units
  • Emergency helicopter transport agencies

Education Pathway

Credits earned in this program may be counted towards  the Emergency Medical Services A.S. degree.

paramedic going through their bag

Additional Information about the Paramedic Certificate


The Daytona State College EMS Program is approved by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, as meeting all statutory requirements set forth in Florida Statute 401. The Daytona State College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on 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). CCAAHEP may be contacted at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida, 33763, (727) 210-2350 or CoAEMSP may be contacted at 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, Texas, 75088, (214) 703-8445 or

Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associates and bachelor’s degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Annual Report Information

Information Description   Year   Course Name   Data   Source
Pass Rates on National Registry Exam   2022   Paramedic   93.3%   CoAEMSP Annual Report
Retention Rate   2022   Paramedic   80.7%   CoAEMSP Annual Report
Placement Rate   2022   Paramedic   97.8%   CoAEMSP Annual Report

key dates

November 19

Spring Application Deadline

Spring (Jan. - May)

Paramedic I: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Class meets on C-shift, every third day

Summer (May - Aug.)

Paramedic II

Fall (Aug. - Dec.)

Paramedic III & Internship


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