Curriculum and Requirements
The purpose of this certificate program is to provide a theoretical base to understand and implement life-saving techniques in an emergency situation. The program curriculum adheres to the National EMS Education Standards. College laboratory experience is provided for learning skills. A supervised clinical rotation enables the trainee to gain confidence and expertise in order to implement the life-saving and supportive measures necessary at the emergency scene and during transportation to a medical facility.
Upon successful completion of the program and successful completion of final comprehensive written and practical examinations, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the State of Florida Paramedic certification exam or the National Registry exam. A two-year Associate in Science degree in Emergency Medical Services also is available.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals (CoAEMSP). The program curriculum follows the standards established by the National EMS Education Standards and is approved by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals can be contacted at the following address or phone number. For additional information, visit www.coaemsp.org.
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite #111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Program Code: APP-PARA
Admission into the Paramedic Certificate program.
CPR certification, PHSC course NCH 0050, American Heart Association, "Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers", is a requirement of this program.
- EMS 2620 - Paramedics I 9 cr.
- EMS 2620L - Paramedics I Laboratory 2.5 cr.
- EMS 2621 - Paramedics Clinical I 2 cr.
- EMS 2622 - Paramedics II 7 cr.
- EMS 2622L - Paramedics II Laboratory 2 cr.
- EMS 2623 - Paramedics Clinical II 4.5 cr.
- EMS 2624 - Paramedics III 4 cr.
- EMS 2624L - Paramedics III Laboratory 1.5 cr.
- EMS 2625 - Paramedic Internship 6.5 cr.
A grade of “C” or higher in each paramedic course and a grade of “Pass” in each clinical course must be earned in order to continue in the program. Successful completion of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) with the program medical director in EMS 2620L is required for continuation in the Paramedic program.
Courses may be repeated only on the recommendation of the paramedic faculty, EMS program coordinator, the dean of health occupations and approval of the vice president of instruction/provost, West Campus, and if space is available.
*These courses include computer competencies.