Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science
Creating competent, ethical, confident entry-level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory and supportive learning environment.
An emergency medical services system consists of many different components. Paramedic is the advanced level for work in the EMS field. Paramedics provide advanced life support and transportation for the sick and injured. Attainment of the EMS degree may help the graduate in career advancement opportunities.
This limited access A.S. or A.A.S. degree program in EMS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and is a combination of general education and EMS courses. Graduates of the program are prepared to function as entry-level paramedics. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded an A.S. degree in EMS and are eligible to apply to sit for the Florida state board exam to qualify for certification as a paramedic in the state of Florida. The EMS field requires specific physical capabilities, please contact any disabled student services office if you have specific questions.
Emergency medical services (EMS) technology courses must be taken in sequence with the designated prerequisite and corequisite courses. A grade point average of 2.0 must be earned in each professional core course, BSC 2010C and BSC 2020C.
Expected Job Growth and Earnings
The numbers of jobs added to the field will be much faster than average, according to the Department of Labor. The average starting annual salary for paramedics is $28,000.
Certification and Licensing
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the Florida State Board or National Registry exams.
This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021 [(817) 283-9403] and the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399 [(850) 245-4440].
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Emergency Medical Services program students must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Submit a paramedic application by the published deadline.
- Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. (Contact the EMS office for application deadline.)
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Total Credit Hours: 73