Paramedic (ATD)


Program Content:

The Paramedic (ATD) Program prepares students to function as team leaders on advanced life support rescues. Students learn and practice procedures such as intravenous infusions, endotracheal intubation, defibrillation, and drug administration in addition to the basic techniques of resuscitation and stabilization. Students gain clinical experiences on Pediatric and Human Patient Simulators, in local emergency rooms, operating rooms, and on fire department rescue units.

This Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
T: (727) 210-2350 /

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
T: (214) 703-8445; F: (214) 703-8992

Standard II.C. Minimum Expectations
CoAEMSP Emergency Medical Services (Standards Interpretations 02.02.2019)

Paramedic "To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels."

2019 for STC
Written Exam100% STATE EXAM
Practical ExamsNA
Positive Placement100%

Students must be State of FL EMT Certified and have completed or be enrolled in Anatomy & Physiology online by end of phase 1 of program. Graduates are prepared to be certified as paramedics in accordance with standards in Chapter 64J-2 of the FL Administrative Code. College credit is issued upon application to a community college for those pursuing an associate of science (A.A.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Services.

Program Length:

The Paramedic (ATD) Program is offered day time only and takes 14 months (1100 hours) to complete. Schedules vary by offering. Program is on shift friendly format, ie: A,B,C.

Industry Certifications/State Credentials:

  • Florida Paramedic License

Obtainment Time Frame: Within 1 year of program completion

Entrance/Exit Requirements:

The required basic skills grade levels are Reading-10, Math-10, and Language-10 and must be met prior to program completion or a Florida High School Graduate after 2007.

Applicants must also have:

  • A completed Health Science Application
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • FL EMT Certification prior to paramedic clinical
  • Turn 18 years of age by completion of program
  • Completed Anatomy and Physiology (offered online) prior to clinical
  • A physical exam
  • A current CPR card
  • Taken the TABE

Suncoast conducts a background check on applicants for all Health Science/EMS programs in accordance with the requirements set by affiliation agreements, licensing agencies, and state statutes. Restrictions on admission to programs include, but are not limited to, those indicated below.

1. Chemically Impaired―requires one full year of documented stability prior to admission.
2. Emotional/Mental Illness―requires one full year of documented stability prior to admission.
3. Arrests―Applicants who have been convicted of, or who have pleaded nolo contendere, for arson, assault, robbery, armed burglary, kidnapping, attempted murder, murder, manslaughter, repeated drug or alcohol offenses, or who have repeated misdemeanor offenses will be denied admission to Health Science/EMS programs. Applicants who have been arrested and convicted of or who have plead nolo contendere to offenses other than those stated above will be denied admission for one full year after the completion of all court ordered requirements. Applicants must be prepared to present documentation of satisfaction of all court mandates and document one year of satisfactory work history after completion of court ordered requirements. Regulatory agencies and local employers may have more stringent requirements for employment or for attendance for clinical rotations.
4. Health Risks―Determining that an applicant’s career choice will not be a detriment to his/her own health (or the safety of patients/clients), applicants may be required to provide documentation that is above and beyond medications and physical conditions identified on their physical exam questionnaire and exam report. All programs require documentation of the absence of lifting restrictions. All programs require documentation of the absence of lifting restrictions.

PLEASE NOTE: Information sessions are held regularly to answer any questions about the application process. Contact Student Services at (941) 924-1365 x62283 to make an appointment.

All applications must be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered for the program of choice. Applicants are only eligible for selection into a program if all required elements are complete and on file. No application will be considered for selection if elements are missing or incomplete. Call (941) 924-1365 x62283 for current program application deadlines.

Standard Occupations:

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Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics

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Course Campus Location(s):


Course Sequence:


Course #

Course Title


AEMS0210Paramedic I248 hrs
EMS0211Paramedic II426 hrs
EMS0212Paramedic III426 hrs

*OCP-A is earned after completion of ALL Paramedic (ATD) courses.