This is a Limited Access program.
To graduate competent, caring providers who possess the knowledge (cognitive), skills (psychomotor), and professional (affective) attributes necessary to function as entry-level paramedics.
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.
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.
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/.
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/.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Paramedic program students must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Meet the FSCJ requirements as a degree-seeking student. Have a credit program application file with academic plan 2251 or 6393 selected.
- Complete the required prerequisite coursework with a grade of "C" or better:
- Submit a Paramedic application to Health Career Advising by the published deadline and include the following:
- 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.
- Copy of current Basic Life Support provider (BLS) card (front and back);
- Copy of current driver's license;
- Copy of current personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage; and
- Copy of current health insurance coverage.
- After acceptance into the Paramedic program:
- Submit to a criminal background check (national);
- Submit to a drug screening;
- Submit to a physical examination; and
- 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.
- Fall Term: May 15
- Spring Term: September 15
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