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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/ Emergency Medical 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 health care. The College’s EMS programs have consistently been recognized among the top ten nationally.

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. Students must demonstrate competency in reading, writing, oral communication and fundamental mathematical and computer skills.

The EMS Program’s goal is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-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 the National Registry and/or the State of Florida EMT Certification Examination.

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 the National Registry and/or the State of Florida Paramedic Certification Examination. The Santa Fe College’s Paramedic Programs is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158    
Clearwater, FL 33763

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992

Admission Requirements

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

General Education Requirements

Communications (3 Credit Hours)

Humanities/Fine Arts (6 Credit Hours)

Mathematics/Science (7 Credit Hours)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Credit Hours)

Choose one of 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 - Certificate 6907

Total Professional Hours: 12

Paramedic - Certificate Program 6900

Total Professional Hours: 43

Total Program Hours: 74

Note: Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course (EMS 1335 ) is not a requirement to graduate from the Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science program. However, EMS 1335  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 course work 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.

Students must achieve a passing score on the College Level Academic Skills Test after completion of all of their General Education requirements.

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