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.

Good Luck!

Paramedic Classes:

The Paramedic certificate program provides learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively as a supportive health care provider in the pre-hospital environment. The Paramedic program will build upon the EMT foundation adding an additional 1110 hours of training. The program is extensive and will take dedication to complete.


You will be asked to upload copies of the following documentation during the application process.  Please have all the information on hand!  Incomplete applications will be denied.

  • EMT Certificate of Completion or EMT License
  • Preference for Students with the State of Florida or NREMT certification for EMT
  • Passport size photo (Head shot on plain background.  Due by tuition and needs to be uploaded to your student profile)
  • SSN (this will initiate your background check)***
  • Proof of Florida residency (Florida Drivers License or State ID)
  • Medical Examination * (Click here to download form and then upload completed and signed form during registration)
  • Influenza Vaccination ** (Click here to download the form and then upload completed and signed form during registration)
  • Diploma (High School, College, Transcript, GED are all acceptable)
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Drug Screening
  • Valid BLS Healthcare Provider certification (Issued by CSRIPS)
  • 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 (automated acceptance within the system)
  • Release and Waiver (automated acceptance within the system)

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 Paramedic until your medical exam is deemed complete and ‘cleared’.  Please plan accordingly and have your medical forms completed prior to registration opening.

** Students attending class during the months of October thru April are required to have a flu vaccination

*** 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 - 1x a week
  • Approximately 12-14 months
  • Day of week TBA
  • 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Some Saturdays will be scheduled (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Night Class - 2x a week
  • Approximately 12-14 months
  • Monday & Friday
  • 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Some Saturdays will be scheduled (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 - 200 hours
  • Scheduled based on availability
  • Day & evening slots are available
EMS Ride along - 360 hours
  • Scheduled based on availability
  • Monday – Saturday starting at 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. (based on the department)

Graduate Pass Rates

Here are the most recent statistics for the 2015 – 2016 Paramedic class ending August 2016.

Graduated: 89% (1 individual deployed)

Numbers based on Graduates

  • Practical: 100%
  • Written: 88%

Number based on Eligibility for Employment

  • Employed: 93%