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Health Care
Paramedic (6393)

College Credit Certificate

MISSION STATEMENT: Creating competent, ethical, confident entry-level healthcare 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 college credit 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 college credit certificate program may elect to continue for the associate in science degree in emergency medical services (EMS) technology.

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

EMS 1059 First Responders: Emergency Care Training

EMS 1119 Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care

EMS 1401 Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care Clinical Experience

BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II


  1. All applicants for admission to this program must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Students must have earned a high school diploma or equivalency degree.
  3. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. (Call the EMS office for application deadlines.)
  4. Applicants must document all eligibility requirements.
    1. FCCJ Student number and classification as degree-seeking (NOTE: EMT and paramedic programs are college credit certificate pro- grams and require degree-seeking status)
    2. Notarized character statement
    3. Florida EMT certification or board eligible (applicants must pass the first exam they are eligible for or they will be dropped from the program)
    4. Current HCP-BLS card
    5. Satisfactory scores on all portions of admis-sion test or successful completion of required prep courses
    6. Proof of PIP car insurance
    7. Copy of drivers license
    8. Original photograph
    9. Completion of BSC 2085C Human Anato-my and Physiology I and BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II with a grade of "C" or better
  1. CPTS will have to be taken by those students not having grades for EMT. Applicants will be ranked according to the quality points earned in EMT, and BSC 2085C and BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II. (Quality points are calculated by multiplying the credit hour value of the class by the grade factor, A=4, B=3, C=2.) Students who do not have grades for EMT will receive quality points based on their CPTS score. These CPTS scores will not replace placement results that were determined by other testing options.
  2. Applicants who document recent work experi- ence as EMTs (minimum six months full-time at time of application) will receive three points per year up to a maximum of nine points. This will be the applicants responsibility to provide this documentation.
  3. The top 24 ranked students will be notified by mail of their acceptance into the program and will be notified of the special registration requirements of the program. Those accepted who fail to register and pay for their classes at the designated time will forfeit acceptance into the class. In case of forfeiture, the next highest ranked student will be notified of acceptance.

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

Requirements and Recommended Course Groupings

The following is a presentation of required courses in recommended course groupings for this program. These groupings are only a suggested guide, and there is no requirement to follow these precisely. The availability of courses, the studentís testing and academic performance and other factors may alter the studentís actual course completion sequence. Students of this program may register for courses in any grouping as long as the student has met any prerequisites for the course.

Course Grouping One
(First term load for full-time students; 2-5 terms for part-time students.)
Course Number and Title
*BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
EMS 2271 EMT-Paramedic Phase I 
EMS 2271L EMT-Paramedic Phase I — Lab/Clinical 
Credit Hours

Course Grouping Two
(Second term load for full-time students.)
Course Number and Title
*BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II 
EMS 2272 EMT-Paramedic Phase II 
 EMS 2272L EMT-Paramedic Phase II — Lab/Clinical 
Credit Hours

Course Grouping Three
(Third term load for full-time students.)
Course Number and Title
EMS 2273 EMT-Paramedic Phase III 
EMS 2273L EMT-Paramedic Phase III — Lab/Clinical 
Credit Hours

*NOTE: BSC 2010C and BSC 2023C may be substituted for BSC 2085C and BSC 2086C.

Prior to contact with patients or patient specimens, students must furnish proof of childhood immunizations. Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended. Health insurance must be maintained throughout clinical training. Contact program chairperson for additional information.
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