Patient assessment, trauma, assessment and pharmacology

Interested in finding out how to become a paramedic? The Paramedic Technical Certificate (T.C.) is a limited access certificate program designed to graduate competent, caring emergency medical providers who possess the cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills and affective professional attributes necessary to function as entry-level paramedics. Upon completion of the paramedic training, graduates are awarded a technical certificate and are eligible to apply to sit for the National Registry (NREMT) certification exam to qualify for certification as a Florida Paramedic and a National Registered Paramedic. Paramedic school graduates may elect to continue for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) (2251) (A.S.) degree. 

Emergency medical services (EMS) systems consist of many different components. Paramedic is the advanced level for work in the EMS field as they provide advanced life support and transportation for the sick and injured.

In addition to lab and lecture paramedic classes on campus, students will also complete clinical hours at University of Florida (UF) Health Jacksonville in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Delivery and Wolfson's Baptist Pediatric Emergency Department. Students will achieve field experience through  an ALS provider (Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Department and Century Ambulance Service). Applicants are required to complete background checks, drug screenings and health physical exams upon acceptance to the program.

Program Approval

FSCJ's Paramedic program is approved as a Paramedic Training Program by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Medical Services, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL, 32399, (850) 245-4440.


FSCJ's Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).


To contact CAAHEP:
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350


To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445, Fax: (214) 703-8992

Student/Graduate Achievement Outcomes Results


Years State Written Examination Pass rate Completion Rate Employment Rate
2016 53% 84% 86%
2015 94% 59% 94%
2014 83% 86% 91%

Program Code: 6393

42 Credits

Limited access

School of Health, Education and Human Services
Start Term

Fall, Spring

May 15, Sept 15
Additional Costs

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical and textbooks

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.



(904) 713-4545


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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

This certificate articulates directly into the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) A.S. degree. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Career Opportunities

Paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. Paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Employment in this field is expected to increase 23 percent from 2010-20, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for paramedics is expected to increase in response to the health care needs of a growing elderly population.
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