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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Oct 19, 2019
2014-2015 Catalog [Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015] 
2014-2015 Catalog [Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015] [Archived Catalog]

Paramedic (5793) (W.C.)

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Workforce Certificate

A Selective Admission Program

This program prepares students for certification and initial employment as an entry level paramedic. The program follows the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for Paramedic and Florida Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks for Paramedic. The course is divided into three sections or phases with several courses per phase. The final phase has an additional course for the student to ride on an ALS permitted ambulance. At the completion of the program. The student will receive a workforce certificate and will meet the prerequisites for the Florida Paramedic certification examination.

This program allows a student to advance their scope of practice as an out of hospital provider of emergency medical care. The Medical Director and/or the Program Director select all students.

Career Opportunities/Rapid Placement

Immediately after passing the State of Florida Paramedic Exam, the student will be eligible for employment as a paramedic in the State of Florida. 


Successful completion of this program will allow the student to test to be a certified Paramedic in the State of Florida.  The test is administered by the State of Florida Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Service via the Medical Quality Assurance Board.

Application Procedure

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. Students who fail to meet the State of Florida's designated exit score will be required to complete the Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE). In order to complete the program successfully, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s). See the Standards of Academic Progress .

Paramedic Program is a selective access program.  All needed instructions and documents will be provided during the admission process.

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance into the program, applicants must complete the following as instructed during the admission process:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Provide a copy of high school diploma or equivalency degree
  3. Provide a copy of a current Florida EMT Certification
  4. Provide a copy of a current AHA Health Care provider CPR card (front and back)
  5. Provide a copy of a current Driver's License
  6. Provide a copy of current health insurance coverage
  7. Submit to a criminal background check- national
  8. Submit to a drug screen test
  9. Submit to a physical examination
  10. Provide proof of immunizations (Rubella, German Measles, Mumps, Varcella, H1N1 Virus, Hepatitis B, TB)
  11. Submit TABE, CPT, SAT or ACT scores
  12. Approval by the Medical Director and/or Program Director

Need More Information? Contact:

Sheldon Reed, Fire Academy of the South, (904) 646-2189 or
Terrence Eaton, Fire Academy of the South, (904) 997-4951 or

Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI)

Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Record of Conviction of a Crime

Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent 5 years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent 5 years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendre to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the State of Florida.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a Postsecondary Training certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville Catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate's program requirements at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.
  5. Students must earn a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) score that meets or exceeds the program's exit requirement, if applicable.

Note: Students are cautioned to provide particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under this catalog (2014/2015) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2019. After the Summer Term 2019 the 2014/2015 catalog requirements will no longer be in effect and the student must choose a new catalog year within the current 5 year active catalogs.  Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

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