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Paramedic Program

In Partnership with Echo Hose Ambulance
and Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS

The Bridgeport Hospital Paramedic program trained paramedics for over 21 years before its closure in 2017. The new program will highlight the experience of both the Bridgeport Hospital Paramedic Program and the Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) Center for EMS program’s dedication to excellence in paramedic training in partnership with Echo Hose Ambulance Training Center.

Echo Hose Ambulance established a regional training center and started leading EMS Training in 2008. In 2018, Echo Hose Ambulance moved from the original location into a 32,000 square foot school where they currently provide EMT classes, EMT & Paramedic refresher classes, CPR, First Aid, Bleeding Control, Narcan Administration, ACLS, PALS, and a variety of other training programs for First Responders. Echo Hose Training Center trains over 200 EMT students every year and continues to expand its offerings.


Students will have access to an in-classroom ambulance simulator for hands-on training and multiple mock realistic training rooms, including a roadway simulator with vehicles to train in real-life scenarios. Field internship sites include municipal and commercial services, as well as fly-cars and transportation services. One-on-one clinical rotations will be provided with advanced practice providers (APP) and physicians.

Faculty for the program includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics, and other allied health professionals from Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) hospitals, Yale School of Medicine, and EMS providers from throughout the region.

Standard certifications received during the program include Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Support (PALS), Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS).

Upon completing the Paramedic Program, students are well prepared for the National Registry Paramedic examination, required for a Connecticut license and most other state licenses. Yale Center for EMS has a 74% retention rate and 86.4% first-time pass rate for National Registry. In addition, graduates of the Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS Paramedic Program have the opportunity to enroll with the University of New Haven (UNH) School of Public Service within the UNH Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, to earn an associate’s degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in Paramedicine.


The program is scheduled to start on Jan. 2, 2024 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights between 5 - 10 pm, and rotating Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm. Once a month, practical labs will be held in New Haven at the Center for EMS’s advanced simulation facility. Clinical and internship times will be scheduled separately.


The Inclusive program cost is $10,500 with early registration discounts available. This includes copies of all textbooks, two uniform shirts, one set of scrubs required for hospital clinical rotations and the online Learning Management System. Payment plans are available for program costs. Students will be required to provide their own laptop or tablet that meets the JB learning program requirements. Fees not included in the tuition cost include National Registry testing and state licensure fees.

Application information


  • AHA CPR certification
  • EMT certification obtained prior to or during
    the first semester
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum 18 years of age


  • Submit a completed application packet with payment of a $75 application fee
  • Submit an essay on “The future of EMS”
  • Successful complete a standardized written entrance exam
  • Oral interview board
  • Pass background check
  • Acceptance offer and deposit of $1,500.

Download the Paramedic Program Application

Other program requirements, details, schedule, questions, and applications can be obtained in person at our campus at 430 Coram Ave, Shelton, CT or at Echo Hose online at or by email .

CEMS Educational Philosophy

In furtherance of the educational mission of the Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS, we offer our students a learning environment filled with problem solving, critical thinking, and “systems-thinking” in order to ensure a strong base foundation on which to build. Our emphasis on anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology provides YNHHCEMS students with the tools needed to address basic and advanced prehospital medicine both today and in the future. Our programs exceed the Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National Standard Curriculum and the National Education Standard’s objectives and includes optional skills adopted by many states. These documents can be found on the Office of EMS website;

CEMS Accreditation

The Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS Paramedic Program is nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The program is also GI Bill approved.

Echo Hose Ambulance

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Echo Hose Ambulance Training Center provides EMS classes and EMT training in Connecticut and Westchester County, NY.

Center for EMS

Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS provides medical oversight to paramedics and EMTs operating in 22 EMS agencies throughout greater New Haven. It also provides EMT courses, a nationally accredited Paramedic program and American Heart Association courses.