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Emergency Medical Services―Associate in Science

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. They respond to emergency calls, perform medical services and transport patients to medical facilities. Emergency care professionals are entrusted with the enormous responsibility of responding quickly and appropriately to victims' needs in all types of situations. Emergency medical service (EMS) providers face critical and tragic situations routinely, yet most consider their work challenging and rewarding—especially when their efforts save lives.

EMS providers must work well under pressure and enjoy helping others. Supervisory and management skills are a plus.

Accreditation

The Emergency Medical Services program is fully accredited by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and offers the most current and up-to-date curriculum. In addition, the Paramedic program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals (CoAEMSP) in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to provide advanced pre-hospital emergency care as a paramedic. Instruction includes the knowledge and skills required to function under the direction of a physician, either directly or by written procedures.

Length

This program can be completed in approximately two years if students attend classes on a full-time basis.

Location

Program core courses may be taken on any PHSC campus. Paramedic courses may be taken on the North Campus in Brooksville, beginning in the spring term and the West Campus in New Port Richey, beginning in the fall term.

Format

This AS degree program contains both academic and clinical components as part of the curriculum. College laboratory experience is provided for learning skills. A supervised clinical rotation enables trainees 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.