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  Oct 02, 2023
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Paramedic (B393) (A.T.D.)

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Applied Technology Diploma

This is a Limited Access program.

The Program

This program prepares students for employment as paramedics to function at the advanced pre-hospital - paramedic level and treat various medical/trauma conditions, using appropriate equipment and materials. The program allows a student to advance their scope of practice as an out-of-hospital provider of emergency medical care. The program curriculum follows the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for Paramedic and the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks for Paramedic. Each course of the program is divided into three sections with the final course offering an additional section for the student to ride on an ALS-permitted ambulance.  At the completion of the program, the student will receive an Applied Technical Diploma and will meet the pre-requisites for the Florida paramedic certification examination. 

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.

The Career

In accordance with Chapter 64E-2 of the Florida Administrative Code, the program prepares students for certification as paramedics. Upon obtaining state of Florida Paramedic certification the student will be eligible for employment as a paramedic in the State of Florida. 


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

For information about the NREMT paramedic certification, visit Learn more about the NREMT at

For information about Florida paramedics licensing and regulation, visit

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

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

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,

Application Procedure

This program is limited to currently employed Certified Firefighter/EMT Fire/Rescue Department personnel in Duval, Nassau, Baker or Camden Counties to meet the Professional Development requirements as a Paramedic within their respected departments.

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. Meet the FSCJ requirements as a Career Certificate program seeking student. Have a clock hour program application file with academic plan B393 selected.
  3. Provide a letter of reference from the Fire Chief of the appropriate Fire/Rescue Department.
  4. Complete the online Paramedic application by the published deadline and include a 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 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.
  5. ​Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from both high school/GED® and any postsecondary education. Transcripts must be officially sealed and sent directly from the awarding institution via electronic delivery to or via mail to FSCJ Admissions Office, PO Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203.​​
  6. 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. 
    4. Provide proof of immunizations (rubella, German measles, mumps, varicella, H1N1 virus, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and flu shot).
    5. Provide proof of current driver’s license.
    6. Provide proof of current personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage; and.
    7. Provide proof of current health insurance coverage.
    8. Provide proof of current Basic Life Support provider (BLS) card. The approved providers are as follows:

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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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. 

Application Deadline(s)

  • Fall term: May 15
  • Spring term: September 15
  • Summer term: February 15

Need More Information? Contact:

The Health Career Information Center, (904) 646-2300 or


Professional Coursework

A minimum grade of C or better is required in all Professional coursework.

Total Contact Hours: 1,100

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.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

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, additional fingerprinting and background check (e.g. the Jessica Lunsford Act for school environments), drug testing, flu shot, Covid-19 testing/vaccine 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.

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.  It is the students’ responsibility to renew their annual physical examination as well as tuberculosis (TB) test.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded an applied technology diploma, 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 prescribed 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.
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 (2023/2024) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2023/2024 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.


This program articulates directly into the Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S.) (2251) (A.S.)  degree. Students may pursue one or more embedded programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn additional credentials 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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