This program adheres to all current standards and regulations established by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the State of Florida Department of Health/Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession.
The EMS degree program is designed for students who desire a career in out-of-hospital emergency medicine. The program will prepare the student for state board certification or national registry as an emergency medical technician and a paramedic. Through a comprehensive program consisting of theory, clinical and field internship, the student will develop skills for assuming the role of basic and advanced life support provider. Students must successfully complete the state board certification for Emergency Medical Technician before admission to the Paramedic Certificate Program.
Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) diploma and Paramedic Certificate students are encouraged to continue their studies for the A.S. degree. To earn the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) degree, a student must complete the EMT diploma and the Paramedic Certificate as well as the general education and elective component.
General admission procedures for this program are found in the Admissions section of this catalog. The Division of Allied Health provides information about specific admission criteria.
Estimated program expenses are given in the Financial section of this catalog.
A minimum grade of C is required in all courses to meet prerequisite and graduation requirements. Any student admitted to the EMS program who fails or withdraws from any two EMS courses (can be the same course or two different courses) must petition the Health Sciences EMS Program Committee for re-evaluation and readmission. Students will be allowed to petition no more than one time.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Health Sciences advisor for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.