Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Paramedics provide a valuable service to the community by responding to urgent medical care situations. Learn leadership and management techniques to help you move up the career ladder.
A.A.S. Program Overview
Paramedics assess and treat patients after an emergency has taken place. They rely on decisive skills and medical expertise to analyze critical situations quickly and respond to the circumstances accordingly. While EMTs provide basic medical care in a crisis, paramedics have a wider range of medical training that allows them to administer the highest level of pre-hospital care to patients in need.
Our EMT - Paramedic programs align with the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards for Paramedics and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Comprehensive Clinical and Field Experiences
Acquire valuable real-life experience responding to emergency situations through 180 hours of clinical experience in hospitals and an additional 300 hours of field experience in ambulances. Learn to work in emergency departments, operating rooms, intensive care units, psychiatric treatment units, delivery rooms, and other specialized care units.
Clinical experience at hospitals:
- Shadow RNs and MDs
- Practice advanced airway skills
- Coordinate 911 dispatch
- Administer IVs and medications
- Communicate with patients
Field experience in ambulances:
- Demonstrate basic life supports skills
- Strengthen advanced patient assessment skills
- Administer IVs and medications
- Monitor cardiac rhythms and EKGs
- Complete 20 team lead calls
By the end of the program, you will be proficient in both life support and patient assessment. Our clinical and field experiences prepare you to serve as a team leader capable of running an emergency call from start to finish.
Hands-on Learning at the Geneva Campus Center
- Industry-standard ambulance equipment
- Simulation labs for skills practice
- High-fidelity simulation mannequin
- Moulage used to accurately model injuries
A.A.S. Program Outcomes
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.
New York State Paramedic Exam Pass Rate
As a graduate of this program, you will be ready to take the New York State Paramedic Certification exam. Our EMT - Paramedic degree and certificate programs have pass rates that are consistently above state average, and we maintain an employment placement rate of over 90%.
Earn Emergency Care Certifications
You will acquire a series of American Heart Association (AHA) certifications and other emergency care work credentials. These include:
- AHA Basic Cardiac Life Support
- AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Difficult Airway Course
- Trauma Life Support
Regional Employment Opportunities
This program trains you for a career as a paramedic with opportunities to advance into EMS management positions. Program graduates work for a variety of local healthcare facilities, including:
Hospitals and Clinics:
- Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic
- Geneva General Hospital
- Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
- Rochester Regional Health
- Strong Memorial Hospital
- American Medical Response — Rochester
- Finger Lakes Ambulance
- Monroe Ambulance
- Ontario Ambulance
- Victor-Farmington Ambulance
Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities
Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.
Many hospitals and ambulance service agencies provide tuition reimbursement to EMTs who complete paramedic training. If you're already working as an EMT, ask your employer if this is an option for you.
Experienced EMT Faculty Certified by NYS
All faculty members in the program are professional EMT instructors certified by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Together, the instructional team has an extensive amount of real-world experience to share with you.
Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosures:
SUNY's academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed New York State requirements. Other states may have their own requirements. If your goal is to practice in another state, please review that state's requirements. View professional licensure disclosures.