Paramedic Certification or 2-Year Degree?

21 January 2020
Chief Brent Collins, President,

Should I get my paramedic certification or my two-year degree?

We strongly recommend that if you are deciding between a 2-year degree and your paramedic certificate that you work towards your paramedic certification.  Many municipalities are currently requiring applicants to either be certified paramedics or to be in paramedic school to take the exam.  Your goal is to have the credentials that cities are requiring to be able to take the examination and to put yourself in a position to be hired.  Less than 1% of municipalities across the country require you to have a 2- or 4-year degree to take a firefighter examination.

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