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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Sep 18, 2019
 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
  
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020]

Paramedic (6393) (T.C.)


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Technical Certificate

This is a Limited Access program.

Mission/Purpose

To graduate competent, caring providers who possess the knowledge (cognitive), skills (psychomotor), and professional (affective) attributes necessary to function as entry-level paramedics.

The Program

This program prepares graduates 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. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded a technical certificate. Graduates of the technical certificate program may elect to continue for the Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S.) (2251) (A.S.)  degree.

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all general education coursework and professional courses.

The Career

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.

The numbers of jobs added to the field will be much faster than average, according to the Department of Labor.

Certification/Licensing

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Registry (NREMT) certification exam to qualify for certification as a Florida Paramedic and a National Registered Paramedic. 

For information about the NREMT paramedic certification, visit nremt.org/rwd/public/document/paramedic. Learn more about the NREMT at nremt.org.

For information about Florida paramedics licensing and regulation, visit floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/emt-paramedics/.

Program Accreditation

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 (CoAEMSP).

CAAHEP contact information: 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350, or caahep.org.

CoAEMSP contact information: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, (214) 703-8445, fax (214) 703-8992 or coaemsp.org.

The Florida State College at Jacksonville's Paramedic program is approved as a Paramedic Training Program 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/.

Application Procedure

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Paramedic program students must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Meet the FSCJ requirements as a degree-seeking student. Have a credit program application file with academic plan 2251 or 6393 selected.
  3. Complete the required prerequisite coursework with a grade of "C" or better:
  4. Submit a Paramedic application to Health Career Advising by the published deadline and include the following:
    1. Copy of current Florida EMT Certification or verification of EMT application from Medical Quality Assurance (MQA);
      Per 401.2701(1)(b) 2. F.S. at bit.ly/FS-ems-training: Paramedic programs must be available only to Florida-certified emergency medical technicians or an emergency medical technician applicant who will obtain Florida certification prior to completion of phase one of the paramedic program.
    2. Copy of current Basic Life Support provider (BLS) card (front and back);
    3. Copy of current driver's license;
    4. Copy of current personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage; and
    5. Copy of current health insurance coverage.
  5. After acceptance into the Paramedic program:
    1. Submit to a criminal background check (national);
    2. Submit to a drug screening; 
    3. Submit to a physical examination; and
    4. Provide proof of immunizations (rubella, German measles, mumps, varicella, H1N1 virus, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and flu shot).

Note: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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.

Application Deadline(s)

  • Fall Term: May 15
  • Spring Term: September 15

Need More Information? Contact:

(904) 646-2300

Prerequisites


Prior to being admitted to the program an applicant must be a Florida-certified emergency medical technician or an emergency medical technician applicant who will obtain Florida certification prior to completion of phase one of the paramedic program. A minimum grade of "C" or better is required.

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 five 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 five 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 contendere 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.

Note


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student's responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program's published deadline (if applicable).

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements


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

  1. 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 semester 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 hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating. 
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • 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).
  • Students who enter under the (2019/2020) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2019/2020 academic year. The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • 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.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of "C" or better regardless of program of study.

Articulation


This certificate articulates directly into the Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S.) (2251) (A.S.)  degree. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

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