Course Pre-requisites

To be eligible for the St. Vincent Paramedic Program you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Applicant must be greater than 18 years of age.
  • Hold a current American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider CPR Card.
  • Nationally Registered or Indiana State Certified EMT.

Applying to the Paramedic Program

Enrollment for the Paramedic Program has been paused. While we refine the best ways to serve our EMS community please know we will always be available to assist your needs for continuing education. Please reach out to Jill.Perry@ascension.org for any educational requests.

Fee and Certification

Upon completion of the application process, a "conditional acceptance" letter will be sent to candidates passing all elements of the testing phase. Candidates must pass a background check, physical exam, drug screening, and immunization screening. No candidate will be fully accepted into the program until all requirements have been met.


The St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services paramedic course exceed the guidelines established by the US Department of Transportation and is approved by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The course is approximately 1,100 hours and takes an average of 12 to 15 months to complete. The course includes didactic instruction and clinical experiences in the hospital and an ambulance internship. The internet is also used for academic review, skill and clinical tracking.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination and receive Indiana certification as a paramedic. Application for the state certification is dependent upon passing this examination.

When is a Performance Contract Required?

EMT-B experience in an ambulance setting is critical for success as a paramedic student. Applicants with little or no ambulance experience may still be admitted to the St. Vincent Paramedic Program. These applicants may be offered a performance contract before the start date of paramedic courses to get additional patient experience.

How Often Do the Paramedic Program Classes Meet?

Upon being accepted into the program, Paramedic classes meet twice per week during the day at the EMS Education Facility, 8220 Naab Rd, 2nd floor, Indianapolis IN 46260.

Ambulance and clinical field rotations are scheduled outside of classroom time. Field rotations are done with a certified paramedic crew. These 12 or 24- hour rotations include busy ambulance runs.

Some classes are occasionally held off campus when specialty training is required.

Emergency Paramedic Curriculum