LP Research Resources December 8, 2016

EMT Paramedic Training in Delaware

EMT training and EMT paramedic training, licensing, and certification in the state of Delaware are governed by the Division of Public Health under Delaware Health and Human Services and the Delaware Office of Emergency Services (DOEMS).

Delaware has three levels of training certification: First Responder, EMT-Basic, and EMT-Paramedic.

The State of Delaware requires all paramedics be affiliated with an ALS provider agency in advance of beginning the state EMS certification and licensure process. This procedure requires a student to meet all of the education requirements of the Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.

All paramedics practicing in Delaware must hold and maintain the following certifications:

National Registry of EMTs Paramedic
•Basic Cardiac Life Support – Healthcare Provider
•Advanced Cardiac Life Support
•Pediatric Advanced Life Support or Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals
•Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support or International Trauma Life Support (Replaces Basic Trauma Life Support)

To become a certified EMT or EMT paramedic in the state of Delaware an individual:

* must be at least 18 years of age
* must pass a criminal background check
* must possess current CPR certification
* must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
* must pass a drug screening
* must possess current immunization records
* must have a valid DE driver’s license
* must pass a physical
* must enroll in EMT-basic training and pass EMT certification (for paramedic licensure)

The DOEMS office does state that there are 58 Basic Life Support agencies with the state of Delaware that are volunteer EMS services. Assuming there are some EMT-Bs and Paramedics on their crews implies there are many agencies to look to for employment.

Requirements for pursuing training are fairly similar in each region, and details of these are somewhat common state to state. Read the articles found in EMT Training Top Tips and Paramedic Training Best Tips for details and a list of these requirements.

The state of Delaware has EMS training courses, and two schools, in particular, are noted and linked from the DOEMS website.  See below the Contact info for each school’s information.

Delaware EMS Administration
Blue Hen Corporate Center
655 Bay Road Suite 4H – Dover, DE 19901

EMS Office: (302) 223-1350
Fax (302) 223-1330

Division of Public Health
417 Federal Street – Jesse Cooper Building
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4700

Delaware EMS Training Schools

Delaware State Fire School

The state of Delaware requires the individual who has completed EMT training to pass a state approved practical and written exam. Delaware uses the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) as the state approved exam). The EMT training courses at the Delaware Fire School prepare you to successfully pass the exam and be certified as an EMT in the state of Delaware. The state of Delaware accepts and recognizes for state certification as an EMT/EMS provider.

EMT students are required to maintain a 70% grade point average or higher, to qualify for taking the Final exam. Class size is limited; enroll early. The minimum size is 10 students; maximum is 25. The Accelerated EMT course has a maximum of 20 students for the full class. Registration forms are accepted until the class limit is met or a deadline date is reached. Applicants must submit a fully completed registration form and then will be notified by email of acceptance into the class.

For more information see our Delaware State Fire School article.  

Contact Information

Delaware State Fire School
EMS Division
1461 Chestnut Grove Road
Dover, Delaware 19904
Phone: (302) 739-4773

Delaware Technical Community College

The paramedic program provided by Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) via their Allied Health Department is the only paramedic program in the state of Delaware recognized and held up by the Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS).

This EMS program is made up of 79 credits of coursework, taking place over six semesters, and, if successfully completed, leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. This program is offered at the Dover campus.

Completion of the program qualifies a student to become an EMT-Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, and/or a Critical Care Paramedic. Currently, Delaware licensed paramedics can earn a salary ranging from $35,000 – $40,000.

For more information see our Delaware Technical Community College article.

Contact Information

Delaware Technical Community College
Chris Hainsworth
Department Chair, Instructor, and Academic Advisor
E-mail: chainswo@dtcc.edu   Phone: (302) 857-1734