Emergency Medical Services

Associate in Science Degree, EMS

  • Technical Certificate, EMT

  • Technical Certificate, Paramedic

In September of 2013 Valencia College’s EMT Program was named one of the nations top forty programs. More than 1,100 colleges in the U.S. offer EMT training. Our program was identified for having one of the highest return on investment, they used national salary information, tuition, enrollment and accreditation data to make their selections. The EMS faculty is extremely proud of this accomplishment. Offering affordable high quality education is what it is all about.

These programs are approved by the Department of Health-Bureau of EMS, State of Florida Department of Education, and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). The EMT-Paramedic Program is designed for students who are interested in providing pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. The programs (Certificates / A.S. Degree) will prepare the graduate for State Board Certification or National Registry as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and/or Paramedic.

The first level of EMS care is the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). This individual is trained in basic emergency medical procedures and must be certified by the State to perform these procedures. State Board Certification for EMT is a prerequisite to all paramedic courses.

The advanced level of EMS care is provided by the paramedic. This individual may perform Advanced Life Support (ALS) procedures. ALS is defined as treatment of life-threatening emergencies through the use of specific techniques identified by the U.S. Department of Transportation. These procedures must be performed under the supervision of a licensed physician.

The EMT Program Guide may be found at http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health. Our Graduation Rate can be found at http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health/ems/GraduationRates.cfm

The EMS Program Guide that includes the Paramedic Program requirements, application and application deadlines may be found at http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health.


A.S. Degree

The EMT Certificate is the first step toward the Paramedic Certificate or A.S. Degree in EMS.

The EMT Technical Certificate is an open enrollment program. As long as space is available, students register via their Atlas account. 

Upon successful completion, students are eligible to test for State EMT Certification.

The Paramedic Certificate is a limited access program for students who hold a current Florida EMT Certificate.

Admission to Valencia does not imply acceptance to the Paramedic Certificate

Students must apply and be accepted into the program.

To earn the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Degree, a student must complete the EMT Certificate and the Paramedic
Certificate as well as the General Education and Elective Component.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in which the student is placed.