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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Oct 19, 2019
 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
  
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020]

Paramedic (5793) (W.C.)


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Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)

This is a Limited Access program.

Student Alert: This program is scheduled for inactivation effective fall term 2019 per FLDOE mandate and pending approval from the College's DBOT and approval from SACSCOC. For more information, please contact Professor Thomas McCrone at (904) 766-6517 or Thomas.McCrone@fscj.edu.

The 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.

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/.

The Career

After obtaining state of Florida Paramedic certification the student will be eligible for employment as a paramedic in the State of Florida. 

Certification/Licensing

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam to quality 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.

Application Procedure

The Paramedic Program is a Limited 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, varicella, H1N1 virus, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis).
  11. Submit TABE, CPT, SAT, or ACT scores.
  12. Submit Paramedic application by the published deadline. Have a clock hour program application on file with academic plan 5793 selected.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. In order to earn the Workforce Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or qualify for a TABE waiver. Visit fscj.edu/assessment/available-assessments/tabe/tabe-certificate for program exit scores or bit.ly/TABEwaiver for the TABE waiver form. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record. College Assessment and Certification locations and information can be found at fscj.edu/assessment. For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation through the Applied Academics for Adult Education (8525) (N.C.)   program. Remediation consists of tutoring, referral to online resources and/or completion of the following coursework in Reading, Mathematics and Language:

Students interested in this program should be advised by the instructor or Program Manager before enrolling in coursework.

Application Deadline(s)

  • Fall term: June 1
  • Spring term: November 1
  • Summer term: March 1

Need More Information? Contact:

ParamedicSouth@fscj.edu

Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAE)


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 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.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded a workforce 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 the required number of 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 as a student at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  5. 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 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.

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