Associate in Science
This is a Selective Access program.
The mission of the Florida State College at Jacksonville Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S.) program is the advancement of E.M.S. through education. The faculty and stakeholders of the E.M.S. program strive to keep ahead of changing technology and look toward innovations in delivery of prehospital emergency medicine and educational theory. The E.M.S. Program is dedicated to develop diverse, timely, and informative programs that challenge students toward professional excellence.
This A.S. degree program in E.M.S. is a combination of general education and E.M.S. courses. Graduates of the program are prepared 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 situations. The E.M.S. field requires specific physical capabilities. Contact any Services for Students with Disabilities Office if you have specific questions.
E.M.S. technology courses must be taken in sequence with the designated prerequisite and corequisite courses.
The Florida State College at Jacksonville's E.M.S. programs are approved as EMT Training Programs and Paramedic Training Programs by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Medical Services, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL, 32399, (850) 245-4440, floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/licensing-ems-education/.
A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework and elective coursework, 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 to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for one of the aforementioned technical certificates. If you meet the requirements for a technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate(s) upon meeting their requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.
The number of jobs added to the field will be much faster than average, according to the Department of Labor. An emergency medical services system consists of many different components. Paramedic is the advanced level for work in the E.M.S. field. Paramedics provide advanced life support and transportation for the sick and injured. Attainment of the E.M.S. degree may help the graduate in career advancement opportunities.
The Florida State College at Jacksonville's 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 (CoAE.M.S.P).
CAAHEP contact information: 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, or caahep.org.
CoAE.M.S.P contact information: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, (214) 703-8445, fax (214) 703-8992, or coaemsp.org.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Emergency Medical Services program students must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Meet the FSCJ requirements as a degree seeking student. Have a credit program application on file with academic plan 2251 selected.
- If not an EMT, submit an EMT application to Health Career Advising by the published deadline.
- If completed an EMT program, submit a Paramedic application to Health Career Advising by the published deadline.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Contact the Health Career Advising for application deadline.
Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.
- Fall Term deadline: May 15
- Spring Term deadline: September 15
- Summer Term deadline: February 15
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Call (904) 646-2300