About the Program

The Paramedic Certification Program is a 34- to 42-semester hour program that prepares you to provide advanced pre-hospital care to emergency patients. The Program is full-time and lasts approximately six and a half months after EMT training and anatomy and physiology classes. Because the course is very compact, we strongly encourage students not to work during the Program.

We hold classes Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the basement of the Chase Bank building at the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center, 6300 Harry Hines Blvd., on UT Southwestern’s North Campus. Hospital rotations take place at Parkland Memorial Hospital, 5201 Harry Hines Boulevard, and other area hospitals.

Clinical rotation shifts, some of which occur on weekends, may include shifts from 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., and 10:45 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. You’ll also need to be available for ambulance field internships on a 24-hour on, 48-hour off basis. These shifts begin and end at 7 a.m.

Attendance in class, clinical rotations, and a field internship is required. Excused absences are limited to illness and major crises. Unexcused absences are not allowed and may result in dismissal.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming courses. Dates are subject to change, so please call us at 214-648-5246 when you’re ready to enroll.

Veterans of all branches of service are honored by faculty and classmates on Veteran's Day.

Anatomy and Physiology Courses for Paramedics

Class No. 50

October 2 – October 15

Class No. 51

December 29, 2014 – January 12, 2015

Class No. 52

March 30 – April 13

Class No. 53

June 29 – July 13

Paramedic Certification Courses

Class No. 132

October 21, 2014 – April 16, 2015

Class No. 133

January 20 – July 15

Class No. 134

April 21 – October 14

Class No. 135

July 21, 2015 – January 14, 2016

* Class is full and names are being added to a waiting list.

** Class is not definite and may be cancelled.

EMS System and Protocol

Fourteen fire and public safety departments across North Texas participate in the Biotel EMS system managed by UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital personnel through the communication system in Parkland Emergency Department’s Biotel room. EMTs and paramedics in these departments follow Biotel system protocol guidelines and the Biotel credentialing requirements.

Carrollton FD
Cedar Hill FD
Dallas Fire and Rescue
DeSoto FD
Duncanville FD
Farmers Branch FD
Garland FD

Highland Park DPS
Irving FD
Lancaster FD
Mesquite FD
Richardson FD
Sunnyvale Volunteer FD
University Park FD

Accreditation

The UT Southwestern/ElCentro Paramedic Certification 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). If you have a question about accreditation, please contact CAAHEP directly.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350

Graduates will complete the Texas Department of State Health Services’ requirements for EMT-Paramedic certification requirements, which include examinations administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. The NREMT written exam will be scheduled at your earliest available date after completion of the course.