Healthcare, Medical & Nursing

If you want to save people's lives and limbs, work in a high-demand industry, and possess stamina and a cool, calm, clear mind in high pressure situations, a Paramedic degree or certification could be the right fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Paramedic students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or certification program at a community college or technical school, with a mix of classroom and on-the-job instruction. Paramedicine professionals must be licensed by the state in which they work.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Paramedic Degree Or Certification

Given the narrow, concentrated scope of technical education programs, graduates of a Paramedic degree or certification program typically go on to become a Paramedic or an Emergency Medical Technician.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for EMTs and Paramedics was $35,400 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.