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  • Paramedic (Non-Credit)

Paramedics provide the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care in our country’s EMS systems. The paramedic is a professional health care provider whose primary focus is to deliver advanced emergency medical care for critical patients, and who possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care, patient interaction, and transportation to appropriate hospital facilities. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response under physician oversight. They perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance.

Paramedics are often employed by ground and air ambulances, emergency departments, critical care units and other specialty units. Along with advanced assessment techniques, paramedics utilize medications, cardiac monitoring and interpreting, defibrillation and advanced invasive skills as guided by state and local protocols, as well as the medical direction of each service.

The paramedic program follows the current National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The standards are minimum education guidelines that help prepare EMS professionals by providing consistent information during initial training programs.

The paramedic program is a minimum of 1,100 hours in length and may be greater depending upon the students’ hospital and field practicum. This program has a mandatory background check and immunization requirements for clinical participation.

The Paramedic Certificate Program is a one-year program designed for individuals who wish to solely obtain certification as a nationally registered paramedic (NRP).  Extensive classroom, laboratory, and clinical/field experience prepare the graduate for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician examination and initial state licensure.

Certificate Program students attend classes together with degree students and fulfill all of the same didactic and practical skills as well as clinical requirements as degree students.  The major differences are as follows:

  • Certificate students are not required to take the college placement exams or any basic skills classes. 
  • Certificate students are not eligible for the financial aid given only to degree students, such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and federal PELL grants. Certificate students may earn a degree if they return to RWU to take the additional required courses. Returning students will be granted 30 credits for their EMT and paramedic training.

EMT Basic courses are offered for credit at  the School of Continuing Studies along with credit-bearing paramedic courses. Students who choose this option are also eligible for certification through regional and national accrediting boards.

Enrollment & Class Schedules

Students can enroll here:


(Pay by credit card)                      ( Pay by check or other)

Session Beginning January 2016





January 12, 2016 to December 14, 2016 Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday $6,000 All 4 modules
Installment Payments by Module:      

January 12, 2016 to March 31, 2016

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday



April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday



July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday



October 1, 2016 to December 14, 2016

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday



General Prerequisites for EMT Program Admission

High School Diploma (GED certificate accepted)

General Prerequisites for Paramedic Program Admission

For both degree and certificate program applicants:

  • High School Diploma (GED certificate accepted)
  • Valid EMT Certification*
  • Minimum 6 months of 200 clinical hours of ambulance experience recommended**

*Degree applicants who are not currently EMTs must apply for admission to the EMT program.

**The definition of “clinical hours” is any time spent doing EMS activities, such as daily ambulance inspections, ambulance responses, and documentation activities while on duty.



Cost for the program is $6,000, which includes Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification cards, as well as use of college facilities.

Not included are uniforms, books, student malpractice insurance, National Registry test fees, immunizations (if needed), medical practitioner physical exam, parking fees and transportation.

Payment Considerations

While non-credit professional certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, prospective students should consider the following for tuition payment:

  • Payments can be made for the entire course or in installments by module.
  • Seek employer funding or reimbursement
  • Rhode Student Loan Authority Program (RISLA)
  • Use Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits/ GI Bill - (approval currently pending with the Department of Veterans Affairs)
  • Apply for a private education loan
  • Register for individual courses over multiple semesters