Become a Paramedic in Florida

Posted January 6th, 2011 in Info, Salary, Training by admin

how to become a paramedicSo you’re wondering about how to become a paramedic in the Sunshine State?  Good good good!  This post  should supply you the necessary education to make your dream job happen and actually become a paramedic.

We’ll start with the number one priority for most people: a paramedic’s salary in Florida.  Isn’t that what we all want to know before we go any further?  But remember that these stats may be subject to revision due to contract agreements, knowledge, education, and many other factors.  BUT…you are always welcome to ask for more moolah!  :)

Paramedic Salary Info

The average salary for a paramedic in Florida is $31,900. Although this may be different than you expected, EMTs and paramedics quite often are paid hourly (which in Florida the average hourly wage is $15.34/hr) and get quite a bit of overtime.  Not to mention the benefits (depending upon what company you are with).

Florida Department of Health Info

Certification Office for EMT/Paramedic/Rad Tech and Medical Physician
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C85
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Telephone: (850) 245-4910

Basic state requirements

For every state you must first meet these requirements:

1.  Be at least 18 years of age
2.  Possess a high school diploma or GED
3.  Possess a current state-specific driver’s license

How to Become a Paramedic in Florida:

1.  Successfully comply with the Florida professional education criteria.  You can do this in many ways.

  • Florida-specific training: Florida Department of Health approved programs.  FDH Programs.  You must pass the Florida required exam within one year of taking any of these courses.
  • Out-of-State training: a good standing EMT or Paramedic certificate from any US state or military service.
  • National Registration: a good standing NREMT registration certificate will be accepted.

(Please note: to be eligible to enroll in a paramedic training program, you must posses a current EMT-Basic certificate or be currently registered as an EMT-Basic with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).)

2.  You must pass both the written and practical examinations for the NREMT – to sign up for exams go here.

3.  Apply for the Florida certification exam – to sign up for exam go here.

4.  Pay any fees that are applicable to the documentation (i.e. application, licensure)

Additional Information for Becoming a Paramedic

The certification levels and Continued Education within the EMS (Emergency Medical Service) for Florida that you must pass through to  become a certified paramedic in Florida from beginning to end include:

1.  EMT-Basic

  • Apply here for exams: NREMT exam and the Florida exam.
  • You must also have 30 hours of Continuing Education, 2 hours of HIV/AIDS training, and a current CPR card.
  • You can get your CE requirements through any of these providers: CE Providers or your employer.

2.  Paramedic

  • You must obtain 30 hours of Continued Education, 2 hours of HIV/AIDS training, and a current ACLS card.
  • You can receive your Continued Education credits from any of these providers: CE Providers or your current employer.
  • Then go and apply for your paramedic exam for Florida.
  • Apply here for exam: Florida exam.
  • Once you are classified as eligible, the Certification Office of the EMT/Paramedic will forward your information to MQA Testing Services, who then sends it to Prometric.
  • You are then responsible to set up an examination appointment with Prometric.
  • Pay the fees for the exam and certification.
  • Then go and pass that test!

You can now apply for EMT or Paramedic Florida License Online!

You can choose to take the exam on the computer if it’s eligible in Florida.  Pearson Vue allows you to locate a testing center in your area.

Renewal of Licensure

If you’re in need of renewing your Florida license, all you need is a 2 hour HIV/AIDS update and your current CPR card.  The department will also accept a certificate of a refresher course from a Florida-approved CE provider as proof.

If you’d like more information for the state of Florida, leave a comment below and I’ll update or respond asap.  Thanks!

We hope this article has soothed your curiosity on how to become a paramedic in Florida.  :)

To your future!