Admissions Process for Paramedic Program

South Florida State College’s Paramedic program is a limited access program that accepts a maximum of 18 students each fall term. Applicants must submit two applications: the general student application to South Florida State College, which all students must complete, and an application to the Paramedic program. Applicants are not considered for admission to the Paramedic program until all of their required records are filed with the Admissions Office, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide these records. The EMS Department reserves the right to deny admission to any student who lacks necessary qualifications for the Paramedic program.

Step 1: South Florida State College Admissions Requirements

If you are not currently enrolled in SFSC, complete these requirements through the SFSC Admissions Office. If you are a current student, proceed to Step 2: the Paramedic Program Application Process below.

If you are a new student or a returning student who has not completed an application to the college in the past year, complete the General Student Application with Paramedic included and pay the non-refundable application fee. If you complete this application do not do Step 2.

Submit your official high school transcript, GED, or equivalent, verifying that you have graduated from high school. Each transcript must come directly from your school to the SFSC Admissions Office via the mail or by electronic transfer.
Submit the official transcript from each college in which you attended credit courses. Transcripts for certificate programs such as Minimum Fire Standards are not required.
Take the TABE college placement test and score at the 10th grade level or higher. Schedule TABE through the Testing Center. This requirement may be waived if you hold an associate degree or higher.
If you have been convicted of certain crimes, you may be disqualified from admission to the Paramedic program. Before you proceed with completing prerequisite courses and other pre-admission requirements, read material on Program Disqualification Due to Past Convictions so that you may determine whether state laws allow you to work as a health care provider.

Step 2: Paramedic Program Application Process

Create scanned PDF copies of the following documents to upload during the online application process:
  • Your Florida Driver’s License showing that you are age 18 or older.
  • Proof that you have completed a State of Florida-approved EMT-Basic training program, if you did not complete this program at SFSC.
If you completed the General Student Application in Step 1, do not complete this application. If you are a continuing student or a returning student and have completed an application within one year, complete this Paramedic Application.
Attach a resume and essay to your application. It is required for the selection process.

Step 3: Requirements After Acceptance to the Paramedic Program

Applications are ranked based on the date you apply. Preference is given to candidates based on their experience as an Emergency Medical Technician and their educational achievement. If you are among the successful candidates, your notification will be sent to the email address you provided on your application. Once accepted, you must submit the following documents to the EMS Program Administration, located in the Public Safety building, Room CC-102.
At the mandatory Paramedic Program orientation, applicants submitting all required documents will be given an authorization to register for Paramedic program courses.
All program students must submit to a 10-panel drug screen (at the student’s expense). This is scheduled by the program director. Students who fail this drug screen are administratively removed from the program.
All students in the Paramedic program must submit to a Level 2 Fingerprinting Background Check. Fingerprinting appointments are scheduled by the program director.
Before the end of the first semester, you must produce proof that you have a valid State of Florida EMT certification. 

Selection Process

Priority for admission is given as follows:
Currently employed with rural EMS or fire and rescue department 40 points
Resume and Essay (Must be turned in) 10 points
College Degree (25 points) Core Classes for AS/AAS Degree in EMS 25 points
Interview 15 points
EMS/Rescue Experience 15 points
Total 100 points

Selection criteria to the Paramedic program is explained in the College Catalog. SFSC reserves the right to deny admission to anyone who lacks the required qualifications. Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance because they have completed their application package or met the minimum requirements for admission. Candidates must reapply if they wish to be considered for a subsequent class. Each class is selected from a new applicant pool.

General Information

SFSC is a drug-free campus.