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Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

The Degrees

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

Certificate Program

The Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is expected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

EMT Paramedics provide a vital service to our community, giving immediate care in emergency situations and transporting the sick or injured to medical facilities. As our population ages and individuals face increased medical concerns, the need for well-rounded knowledgeable paramedics will continue to grow. In Ontario County, health care and social services is the third largest job category, accounting for some 16 percent of total jobs. Four of the 10 largest employers in Ontario County are hospitals. Graduates in the certificate in Paramedicine have been successful in acquiring paramedic positions with the ambulance corps in our local area. The addition of the degree will allow graduates the ability to move up the career ladder and fulfill the ever changing positions of management and statutory requirements set by municipalities, State and Federal governments.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The Associate in Applied Science in EMT-Paramedic prepares students for the careers in the emergency medical field. Students should already be certified as New York State Emergency Medical Technicians at the Basic level. The Associate's degree builds on the courses offered in the Certificate program and is offered to broaden the student's knowledge of the field in paramedicine. The program includes additional coursework in oral and written communication, science, math, and psychology.  Students will gain a greater educational background to integrate theory and practice.  As a pre-hospital care provider, paramedics must learn to adapt to the ever changing trends in health care and technology. This associate's degree will provide students education in the current thinking and practice in paramedicine and the associated sciences and communication skills necessary to be an effective successful paramedic.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • integrate comprehensive knowledge of the EMS systems, safety/well- being of the paramedic and medical/legal and ethical issues, which is intended to improve the health of EMS personnel, patients and community.
  • integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the entire body along with the knowledge of pharmacology and its effects to the patient.
  • demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology into the assessment to develop and implement a treatment plan with the goal of assuring a patent airway, adequate mechanical ventilations and respiration for patients of all ages.
  • analyze scene and patient assessment findings with knowledge of epidemiology and pathophysiology to form a field impression. This includes developing a list of differential diagnoses through clinical reasoning to modify the assessment and formulate a treatment plan.
  • integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for a patient with medical complaint.
  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of cardiac arrest and peri-arrest states.
  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure or arrest with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent arrest.
  • integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression to implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for an acutely injured patient.
  • integrate assessment findings with principles of pathophysiology and knowledge of psychosocial needs to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for patients with special needs.
  • demonstrate knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure safe patient, public and personnel safety.

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A.A.S. curriculum requirements | A.A.S. sample schedule

Certificate Program

FLCC's Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certificate program is designed to provide students who are already certified as New York State Emergency Medical Technicians at the Basic level with advanced training opportunities and career growth. The 18-month program delivers instruction through lecture, lab experiences, clinical lessons, and field training.

The curriculum also prepares students to take the New York State Paramedic Certification exams and the National Registry of EMT-Paramedic exam, and to obtain American Heart Association certification in basic cardiac life support, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support. Students may also choose to progress to FLCC's A.A.S. Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program.

View the certificate program curriculum requirements

Gainful Employment Information

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certificate program falls under Gainful Employment Disclosure regulations, a rule by the U.S. Education Department. View Gainful Employment information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

The Experience

The curriculum and objectives of each course follow the USDOT paramedic course outline. Classes will be held through the College in affiliation with the Finger Lakes Regional EMS Council located at the Ontario County Safety Training Facility as well as other clinical locations throughout the area.

The Faculty

All adjunct faculty in the program are certified instructors by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. All are successful professionals bringing extensive experience in the field of emergency medical services. Several have received their educational training from other paramedic programs within New York State, California, and military medical training. Our current paramedic director has over twenty two years of military training, along with over twenty five years of civilian EMS training.