Associate in Science
This is a Selective Access program.
The mission of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) AS degree is to graduate competent, caring providers who possess the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes necessary to function as entry-level paramedics. The program utilizes classroom instruction, hands-on skills labs, and field experiences to train students to respond to a variety of medical and trauma emergencies. Graduates of this Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) accredited program are eligible to sit for the Florida and National Registry paramedic certification exams.
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. Attainment of the EMS degree may help the graduate in career advancement opportunities.
This A.S. degree program in EMS is a combination of general education and EMS courses. Graduates of the program are prepared to function as entry-level paramedics. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded an A.S. degree in EMS and are eligible to apply to sit for the Florida state board exam to qualify for certification as a paramedic in the state of Florida. The EMS field requires specific physical capabilities, please contact any disabled student services office if you have specific questions.
Emergency medical services (EMS) technology courses must be taken in sequence with the designated prerequisite and corequisite courses. A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all professional core courses, BSC 2010C and BSC 2020C or BSC 2085C and BSC 2086C.
Two technical certificates are available within this degree program: Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.) and Paramedic (6393) (T.C.) . Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
The numbers of jobs added to the field will be much faster than average, according to the Department of Labor.
Certification and Licensing
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the Florida State Board or National Registry exams.
The Florida State College at Jacksonville’s North Campus Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
To contact CAAHEP:
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone: (214) 703-8445
Fax: (214) 703-8992
The Florida State College at Jacksonville’s EMS programs are approved as an EMT Training Program and a Paramedic Training Program by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Medical Services, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL, 32399, (850) 245-4440.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Emergency Medical Services program students must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Submit an EMT application to the EMS office by the published deadline.
- Submit a Paramedic application to the EMS office by the published deadline.
NOTE: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. (Contact the EMS office for application deadline.)
Need More Information? Contact:
Thomas McCrone, North Campus, (904) 766-6517 or email@example.com
June Deaton, North Campus, (904) 766-6513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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