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Emergency Medical Services, AS


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Program Code: 3397

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Programs at Santa Fe College consist of a First Responder course, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate Program, the Paramedic Certificate Program, and the Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science degree. These programs prepare EMS professionals to deliver patient care at the scene of an emergency or while working in an ambulance, with a fire rescue agency, in a hospital emergency department, in the military, with a law enforcement agency, and in many other areas of healthcare. 

The Associate in Science degree in EMS is applicable for people who are currently employed in these fields and who want to improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities for career development. It encompasses the EMT Certificate Program (12 credit hours), the Paramedic Certificate Program (43 credit hours), and various general education courses (19 credit hours). Students must demonstrate competency in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical and computer skills.

The EMS Program’s goal is to prepare competent entry-level EMTs and paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

The EMT is a professional who delivers basic life support care. The EMT certificate is a one-semester college credit program consisting of classroom, laboratory, hospital emergency department, and ambulance clinical components. Although this is considered a part-time program, at least 25 hours per week and a flexible schedule are required. Upon successful completion of all components of the EMT program, the student may be eligible to take a certification exam offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

The Paramedic Program is a one-year college credit certificate program, which is three semesters, 43-credit hours (minimum of 1,100 clock hours in length). The student will learn advanced life support patient care and procedures. The program consists of classroom, laboratory, hospital clinical and ambulance clinical components. This program, like EMT, requires a strong commitment to the profession. Upon successful completion of all components of the Paramedic Program, the student may be eligible to take a certification exam offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Santa Fe College’s Paramedic Programs 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).

To Contact CAAHEP

To Contact COAEMSP

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th St. N. #7709
Seminole FL 33775
www.caahep.org

Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Admission Requirements

Emergency Medical Services programs have limited class sizes to enhance learning and practical exercise opportunities for students. An additional application process ensures that students have the best opportunity for success. Please review our website at https://www.sfcollege.edu/locations/kirkpatrick-center/index to review the eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

General Education Requirements


Communications (3 Credit Hours)


Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)


Choose one from the following:

Humanities (6 Credit Hours)


Choose two from the following:

Natural Sciences (4 Credit Hours)


Social Sciences (3 Credit Hours)


Choose one from the following:

Total General Education Hours: 19


** MAC 1105 - College Algebra  is recommended for students planning to enroll in the college’s baccalaureate degree programs or transfer to a state university.

Emergency Medical Technician


Program 6907

Total Professional Hours: 12


Paramedic


Program 6900

Total Professional Hours: 43


Total Program Hours: 74


Note: The Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course (EMS1335) is not a requirement to graduate from the EMT certificate program, the paramedic certificate program, or the Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science program. However, EMS1335 is a requirement for employment as an emergency medical technician for most fire rescue and ambulance agencies in Florida.

Students who have completed EMT and paramedic coursework from a Joint Review Committee (JRC) accredited paramedic program, and a CoAEMSP accredited program, and who have current certification may receive credit for the professional core requirements.

Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all courses leading to the Associate in Science degree in Emergency Medical Services.

Additional information for students wishing to transfer to the University of Florida: All applicants must have completed two sequential courses of foreign languages in secondary school or between 8 and 10 semester hours at the post-secondary level or document an equivalent level of proficiency.

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