3042 | Paramedic

College Credit Certificate

Description of Program:

The college credit certificate in Paramedic trains you to provide emergency, out-of-hospital care under the direction of an emergency physician. Paramedics direct and manage patient care aspects of the emergency response team. The emergency response team is generally composed of public safety and community service agency personnel who respond to traffic accidents, fires, explosions, and other life-threatening situations. The Paramedic Program includes a three-term sequence of lecture, lab, hospital clinical and emergency medical services clinical courses and instruction. Instruction includes patient airway management, patient assessment, trauma emergencies, medical emergencies, assessment-based management, and ambulance operations. Credits will articulate directly toward the A.S. degree in Emergency Medical Services (Program #1660).

You must have current state of Florida certification as an Emergency Medical Technician or have completed the Emergency Medical Technician course from a state of Florida approved EMS training center. State of Florida certification is required prior to starting the second term of the Paramedic program. This is a limited access program; you must obtain authorization from the Emergency Medical Services Program Chairperson prior to registering for all or part of this program. Preference for admission will be given according to experience as an Emergency Medical Technician and educational achievement.

Admission Requirements:

The following entrance criteria must be fulfilled and submitted to the EMS Training Center a minimum of one month prior to the scheduled class start date:

  1. Physical examination. Have the College approved physical exam form completed and returned.
  2. EMS Programs immunization and health history forms completed and negative finding on a Tuberculosis skin test (or negative finding on chest X-Ray) returned to the EMS Programs Office.
  3. In addition, if you are admitted to the program, you are required to sign the following documents:
    1. Statement to the effect that, to the best of your knowledge, you do not have any physical and/or mental condition that would interfere with your ability to perform the required EMT responsibility.
    2. Compliance Agreements. This is required to ensure that you are informed of the rights to which you are entitled according to standard college policy as well as program policies.
    3. Rescue/Injury Release form. This form is required to ensure that you are aware and have been informed that the clinical portion may result in your injury, death, or illness.
    4. Immunization declination form(s), if required immunizations have not been completed.

Registration Process:

  1. Completed packets are date stamped upon receipt and a priority number is issued to your application based on the date the packet is received as well as preference as noted above.
  2. One month prior to the beginning of the class, you will be notified, based on your priority number, of registration dates and procedures. (If you do not register by the specified date, you forfeit your priority number.)
  3. Complete a back ground check according to the SFSC Allied Health Background Check Policy.

The EMS department reserves the right to deny admission to you, if you lack the necessary qualifications to the Paramedic Program.

Length: Three (3) terms (42 credit hours)


Fall Term
  EMS 1010C Anatomy for Paramedics   3
  EMS 1014 Paramedic Preparatory   2
  EMS 1600 Paramedic Fundamentals   2
  EMS 1600L Paramedic Fundamentals Lab   2
  EMS 1641 Paramedic Clinical Experience I   2
  EMS 1656 Paramedic Field Internship I   1
  EMS 1681 Paramedic Special Considerations   2
  EMS 1681L Paramedic Special Considerations Lab   2
Spring Term
  EMS 1555 Paramedic Trauma Management   2
  EMS 1555L Paramedic Trauma Management Lab   1
  EMS 1642 Paramedic Clinical Experience II   2
  EMS 1657 Paramedic Field Internship II   2
  EMS 1685 Paramedic Medical Emergencies   3
  EMS 1685L Paramedic Medical Emergencies Lab   2
  EMS 1686 Paramedic Special Emergencies   3
  EMS 1686L Paramedic Special Emergencies Lab   1
Summer Term
  EMS 1643 Paramedic Clinical Experience III   1
  EMS 1658 Paramedic Field Internship III   2
  EMS 1687 Paramedic Rescue Emergencies   1
  EMS 1687L Paramedic Rescue Emergencies Lab   2
  EMS 1616 Paramedic Patients w/Special Needs   2
  EMS 1616L Paramedic Patients w/Special Needs Lab   2

Gainful Employment Disclosure


Award Year 2010-2011    2011-2012
Students Completing Program* 0 21
Program Costs:  
  Tuition and Fees $4,485.30 $4,796.20
  Books and Supplies NA NA
  Total NA NA
Debt at Program Completion:  
  Median of Federal Loans $0.00 $996.00
  Median of Private Loans $0.00 $0.00
Program Completion in Normal Time:  
  Normal Program Length 11 months 11 months
  Students Completing in Normal Time NA 90.48%
Job Placement Rate for Completers: NA 100%
NA - Data Not Available  
* - Completers data based on fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)