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Frequently Asked Questions


If your question is not answered here, go to our “Ask A Question” section and fill out the short form then hit the SUBMIT button and one of our School of EMS staff will get back to you very soon. If you would rather speak with us, call us at (888) 390-5081. 

How much do your programs cost?

Courses differ in price based on course delivery and location. Please reference each program page for regional pricing. 

Is financial aid available for the EMT or Paramedic Course?

Federal student aid is not currently available through the School of EMS. However, we do offer an option for third-party financing or payment plans.

How long is your EMT program?

The EMT program ranges from 16-18 weeks in length, depending on individual state requirements. Please reference the course calendars for more specific information.  

How long is your paramedic program?

Our paramedic programs are typically 44 weeks in length, although regional differences may apply. Please reference the course calendars for more specific information. 

What is the format of your online programs?

Our online programs are designed to accommodate varying work schedules. The online programs are not self-paced. While you can view lectures and complete your course work at a time convenient to you, the program does have established weekly deadlines. Discussions, quizzes, and homework are all due at various times during a weekly module. Students should plan to invest, on average, 10-20 hours per week in this program. 

Can I get college credit for the paramedic program?

The School of EMS has a Memorandum of Understanding agreements with Columbia Southern University. Please click here to learn more information. 

Is there an age requirement?

The National Registry of EMTs requires you to be 18 years of age to sit for the certifying exam. Individual states vary on age requirements. 

What are the prerequisites for EMT class?
  • You must be 18 years of age to be eligible for the National Registry Certifying Exam. 
  • You must have graduated high school or have a GED.
What are the prerequisites for the paramedic program?

Students must have current State or National Registry EMT Certification, and a high school diploma or GED. We recommend competence in reading comprehension and basic high school math.  Many paramedic programs require anatomy and physiology as a pre-requisite.  The School of EMS paramedic program incorporates that content into our course. 

Is there a registration deadline for courses?

There is no specific registration deadline for courses.  Students are encouraged to register 4 to 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the course.  Last minute registrations may be accepted. 

I don’t have any medical experience. Is that okay?

 Yes! Every career must start somewhere. The EMT course is an entry-level course that is designed for people with no previous medical experience, and minimal knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Every paramedic starts their career as an EMT and a current certification is a pre-requisite to register for the paramedic course. 

What jobs are available to EMTs or Paramedics?

Many jobs are available to both EMTs and paramedics. Please click here to learn more about jobs in EMS.

How do I apply for the EMR, EMT or paramedic program?
Is the School of EMS accredited and why is it important?

Yes, the School of EMS paramedic program is accredited. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accreditation exists for the protection of students, by establishing standards and examining all areas of the paramedic program to ensure those standards are being met. In short, a student attending an accredited program can be assured he or she is receiving a quality education. EMT programs have no national accreditation, but are approved by the state in which the course is taught. 

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