Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

The Degree

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

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.

As an EMT-paramedic, you will provide a vital service to the 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, where some of the largest employers are hospitals, healthcare and social services is considered one of the most large-scale job categories.

The A.A.S. degree will grant you the ability to move up the career ladder and fulfill the ever-changing positions of management and statutory requirements set by municipalities and state and federal governments.

The Program

The A.A.S. EMT-Paramedic degree program will prepare you for a career in the emergency medical field. This associate degree builds on the courses that are offered in the certificate program, and it is intended to broaden your knowledge of the field in paramedicine.

This program includes additional coursework in oral and written communication, science, math and psychology. Throughout your studies, you 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 healthcare and technology. This degree will provide you with practice in paramedicine and the associated sciences. Additionally, it will teach you the communication skills necessary for being an effective successful paramedic.

Pass Rates

Historically, our EMT-Paramedic degree and certificate programs have consistently reported pass rates that are above state average. Over the past three years, these programs have seen combined pass rates of 83 percent in 2017, 91 percent in 2016, and 100 percent in 2015.

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.

The Experience

The curriculum and objectives of each course follow the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards for Paramedics. The majority of FLCC's Emergency Medical Services (EMCR) courses are offered at the FLCC Geneva Campus Center.

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. For information on scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

The Faculty

All adjunct faculty members 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.