Learn the real-world knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a paramedic. Become qualified and prepared to save lives in any emergency situation.


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Classes meet: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m.

Labs occur on most Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Time Commitment

This 18-month program includes classroom work from January to December, 250 hours in-hospital including clinical rotations, and 200 hours riding with a paramedic service, including field internships.


In-person 3-credit class: $1,059

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Books: $750

Please note this price is subject to change.

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The Paramedic is a health care professional that cares for those injured or suddenly taken ill in the pre-hospital emergency setting. Through this program you'll be qualified and prepared to save lives in many emergency situations because you’ll be ready to take on entry-level paramedic positions in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

The program prepares you to practice in the field through hands-on learning and lectures by instructors who’ve come face to face with these situations. Program completion allows you to become eligible for the National Registry of EMT’s Paramedic certification exam.

This program currently holds a letter of recognition from CoAEMPS. There was no 2019 graduating cohort.

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The program is 18 months long and includes classroom, in-hospital clinical rotations, and field internships.

Classes meet

The classroom portion of the course runs from January to the following December followed by 250 hours in the hospital and approximately 200 hours riding with a paramedic service.

Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays 6 pm - 10 pm

Labs occur on most Saturdays from 9 am - 4 pm

Admission Requirements

Students must be accepted into the program prior to registration. RWU does not accept advanced placement for its Paramedic program. At the beginning of each course, the student will be given a syllabus listing the specific requirements for the course. All requirements must be met to complete the course. Grading will be based on the degree of achievement.

In addition to specific course objectives, students must meet core performance standards and demonstrate professional conduct in accordance with program regulations at all times while enrolled in the Paramedic program. 

If at any time the faculty’s evaluation of a student’s ability to meet core performance standards on professionalism is identified as below average, the student will be removed from the Paramedic program, regardless of academic performance.

Certificate Requirements

EMS 211 - EMT Paramedic I - 6 credits

EMS 212 - EMT Paramedic II - 6 credits

EMS 311 - EMT Paramedic III - 6 credits

EMS 312 - EMT Paramedic IV - 12 credits

Other requirements

  • Letter of reference from a peer
  • Letter of reference from an employer
  • Interview with the Paramedic Program Staff

Students who have interrupted their enrollment at any point in the Paramedic program and wish to return will be given one attempt to successfully pass a comprehensive exam to verify that they have retained the information that was covered in previous courses.

Disclaimer: Non-credit bearing Paramedic students: are enrolled in the Roger Williams Paramedic Program and then decide they would like to apply those credits earned toward a degree. Those credits will be awarded but they will be awarded as transfer credits and not count as resident (RWU) courses.

Program Outcome Results

2017: No graduates during the 2017 reporting year.

2018: No graduates during the 2018 reporting year.

2019: No graduates during the 2019 reporting year.

2020 for Retention - 77.8%, Written Exam - 100%, and Positive Placement - 71.4%

The multi-year paramedic program began in 2018 and graduates are expected starting in 2021.

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At University College, you get the individualized attention of a private university at a more affordable cost. There are multiple options for financial aid, scholarships, and accelerated paths to get you to the degree you need. Some programs run by Roger Williams are awarded by simply applying for admission, while others are awarded to students through a more formal aid application process.

To ensure full consideration for all aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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