Q. How do I apply for the Paramedic program?

 A. You must complete the paramedic application.

Q. Do I have to be a Gulf Coast State College student to attend the Paramedic Program?

A. Yes, you must be a Gulf Coast State College Student to attend the Paramedic Program. You must apply to Gulf Coast State College and take the PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) entry level placement test. Contact the testing office at (850) 769-1551 extension 3336.  

Q. How much does the Paramedic Program cost?

A. In-state tuition is currently $98.75 per credit hour.  Costs can change as prices for equipment, student fees, and tuition can change without notice. This should be a close estimate, and we will try to update the information as it changes.

Q. What about out-of-state tuition?

A. Out-of-state tuition is currently $359.71 per credit hour. (Tuition is subject to change.) 

Q. Where are the Paramedic classes held?

A. Paramedic Program classes are held at the Gulf Coast State College North Bay Campus - Abbott Building:

637 Highway 2300                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Southport, FL 32409

Q. What are the minimum PERT scores for the Paramedic program?

A. Math 96 or achieve a "C" or better in MAT1033, MAC1105, or higher course.

A. Writing/English 103 or achieve a "C" or better in ENC1101, or higher course.

A. Reading 106 or achieve a "C" or better in ENC1101, or higher course.

If you have a college degree with English, reading or math, you will not need the PERT exam.

Q. I've submitted my application, what is next?

A. Once your application for the Paramedic Program has been received, you will receive an email with further information regarding orientation dates and requirements. If you have any questions regarding your submitted application, you may reach out via email to Victoria Byrd at

Q. What if I have questions about course curriculum?

If you need more information about the Paramedic curriculum, you can call or schedule an interview with the EMS Director, Ms. Liliana Zamora. Please contact her at (850) 769-1551 ext. 5632 or email at 

Q. Will my previous background check with GCSC Fire College or EMT Program be accepted?

 A. No.  The GCSC Fire College does not share the students' background results.  As stated in the Paramedic application, "Criminal background checks performed through other agencies will not be accepted."


A. It is the Gulf Coast State College policy that prior or previous credits from any other accredited college or technical school will not be accepted for transfer into the Paramedic Program.