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Paramedic—Certificate

Paramedics are trained in advanced life support techniques, including endotracheal intubation, electrocardiogram monitoring and interpretation, DC electrical countershock and administration of intravenous fluids and medications.

Paramedics must work well under pressure and enjoy helping others.

Accreditation

The paramedic 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

To provide a theoretical base to understand and implement life-saving techniques in an emergency situation. Upon successful completion of the program and 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 is also available.

Length

This program can be completed in one year not including prerequisites.

Location

This program is offered on the West Campus in New Port Richey with a fall term start date and the North Campus in Brooksville with a spring term start date. These are shift friendly programs—Pasco County - Shift "A" and Hernando County - Shift "C". 

Format

Courses and clinical components are part of the curriculum. 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 lifesaving and supportive measures necessary at the emergency scene and during transportation to a medical facility.