BECOMING A FLORIDA EMT
Deciding to enroll at the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety to pursue your dream of becoming a Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic in the State of Florida is a huge step. It can be an overwhelming journey if not planned out properly. To help you succeed we will provide information on a career path that may work best for you.
We offer all the required courses that you will need in order to become a successful candidate for a position as a Firefighter in Florida. Most agencies located in the South East (Broward, Dade & Palm Beach) will require candidates to be Firefighter/Paramedic certified as a minimum however other regions will hire Firefighter/EMT’s or just Firefighters.
This means that you will need to complete EMT, Paramedic and Firefighter I&II and become State certified in all three courses. This can be accomplished at CSRIPS.
Now you need to decide whether to start with the medical courses, EMT and then Paramedic, or the Fire course, Firefighter I& II. The information we provide can help you determine which will be best for you. Please review each course to assist with making the best decision for you to be successful, remember this process can take up to two (2) years to complete.
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course will educate, prepare, and provide an opportunity for you to become involved in emergency care and become skilled in carrying out emergency measures to save lives and reduce injury. By successfully completing all requirements of the program, students will be prepared to take the Florida and/or National EMT-B examination.
You will be asked to upload copies of the following documentation during the application process. Please have all information on hand! Incomplete applications will be denied.
- Passport size photo (Head shot on plain background. Due by tuition and needs to be uploaded to your student profile)
- FCDICE (click here for instructions)
- SSN (this will initiate your background check) ***
- Medical Examination * (Click here for form and upload completed form when applying)
- Valid BLS Healthcare Provider certification. Click here to see schedule and register (there is a corresponding BLS Healthcare Provider class to match each EMT class). Must be issued by CSRIPS.
- Influenza Vaccination ** (Click here for form and upload completed form when applying)
- Diploma (High School, College, Transcript, GED are all acceptable)
- Medical Insurance Card
- Proof of Residency (Florida Driver’s License or State ID)
- Proof of Age if no FDL (Birth Certificate)
- Military Veterans (if applicable)
- Copy of VA DD214 (Page 4 only)
- Copy of VA Certificate of Eligibility
- Copy of VA Transcript
- Copy of Form 1990 or 1995
- Student Enrollment Agreement
- Release and Waiver
Drug Screening information will be provided to the student upon acceptance into the program.
* Please be advised that it may take up to 2 weeks for all of your medical results to be processed in order to have a ‘completed’ medical exam. You will not be accepted into EMT until your medical exam is deemed complete and ‘cleared’. Please plan accordingly and have your medical forms completed prior to registration opening.
** Students attending EMT between October and April are required to have the flu vaccine.
*** Individuals who have been arrested or convicted for any crime are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.
To help you succeed we offer 2 different class schedules that can hopefully work with your personal life.
Day Class - 2x a week
- Approximately 15-17 weeks
- Tuesday and Thursday
- 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Night Class - 3x a week
- Approximately 18-19 weeks
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings
- 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The days and times listed above DO NOT include the mandatory externship hours required by law. Each student must fulfill the additional requirements below.
Hospital Clinical - 24 hours
- Scheduled based on availability
- Day & evening slots are available
EMS Ride along - 72 hours
- Scheduled based on availability
- Monday – Saturday starting at 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. (based on the department)
The Emergency Medical Technician course is a mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging program that includes extensive classroom and practical elements. As a student you will see and participate in real emergencies including tragedies. You will experience the impact made on the community by your actions. You will work side by side with the professionals and gain true perspective if this is where you belong.
EMT-B is the beginning of the Emergency Medical Service program and a prerequisite for EMT-P Paramedic. Please note that EMT is not a requirement to enter Minimum Standards (FF I & II). However a CPR class is mandatory and will be given as part of your orientation upon acceptance to the program.