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2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog
Florida Community College at Jacksonville
  Apr 11, 2021
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog 
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog

Paramedic (6393)

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Technical Certificate

Mission Statement

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.

The Career

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.

The Program

This limited access program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Graduates of the program are prepared to function as entry-level paramedics. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded a technical certificate and are eligible to apply to sit for the Florida state board examination to qualify for certification as a paramedic in the state of Florida. Graduates of the one-year technical certificate program may elect to continue for the A.S. degree in emergency medical services (EMS) technology.

Students who have successfully completed HCP 0001 (Health Careers Core) may substitute it for EMS 1059.

Application Procedure

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Paramedic program, students must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Submit a paramedic application to the EMS department by the published deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. (Call the EMS office for application deadlines.)

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Total Credit Hours: 42


Prior to being admitted to the program an applicant must complete:

Professional Courses

Record of Conviction of a Crime

The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), will determine a paramedic program graduate’s eligibility for certification when there is an arrest/ conviction record. Students should contact the Bureau of EMS for information regarding state regulations.


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Technical Certificate Graduation Requirements

Please see the technical certificate graduation requirements .

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