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Catalog/Handbook 2022-2023 
Catalog/Handbook 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Services, AS

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Program: AS-25450

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program is designed to prepare the student for a career in out-of-hospital emergency medicine. Various healthcare providers work in the fast-paced EMS environment. The Emergency Medical Responder is the first-tier EMS provider of care that supplies initial, hands-on emergency care until the next level of EMS provider arrives on the scene.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the second-tier provider of care in the EMS career ladder. An EMT supplies basic life-support measures that include patient assessment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), oxygen therapy, prevention of shock, bandaging, splinting, spinal immobilization, and vehicle extrication.

A paramedic is the third-tier provider of care in the EMS career ladder. The paramedic arrives at the emergency scene in an Advanced Life Support ambulance and assumes patient care duties from the EMT. The paramedic functions as the out-of-hospital team leader by coordinating care provided by the Emergency Medical Responders and EMTs. A paramedic is trained in advanced life-support measures such as venipuncture, intravenous therapy, endotracheal intubation, medication administration, arrhythmia interpretation, cardioversion, and defibrillation.

The EMS Program is designed as a career option for the professional who is employed in an EMS or public safety career. Promotion in these fields frequently requires the individual to obtain an Associate in Science degree. The Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services requires completion of the Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technology, and Paramedic certificates. EMS personnel work in fire departments, EMS services (public and private), hospital emergency departments, industrial health and safety organizations, or other public safety agencies. Typically, an EMS professional with an AS degree works in educational, administrative, or advanced clinical settings.

Admission Criteria

Each EMS Certificate Program has individual entrance requirements and prerequisites. The student should refer to the EMT and Paramedic Certificate information in this Catalog for specific information.

Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Program Cost

The approximate cost to complete the degree program is $8,700. This includes course fees, lab fees, books, uniforms, and other estimated costs.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is able to:
PLO1:  Demonstrate the competency of the didactic principles and roles and responsibilities of the Paramedic within the emergency medical service (EMS) system. Understand the ideologies of advanced prehospital care necessary to fulfill the role of the entry level Paramedic.
PLO2:  Identify normal and abnormal findings while demonstrating the techniques of conducting a comprehensive patient interview and physical exam.
PLO3:  Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma patient including blunt, penetrating, soft-tissue, and musculoskeletal trauma, burns, and hemorrhage and shock
PLO4:  Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the medical patient including pulmonology, cardiology, neurology, psychiatric, and endocrine emergencies.
PLO5: Demonstrate effective verbal communication, assessment techniques, and written communication for patient-care reports using all the various formats identified in the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards.
PLO6:  Demonstrate professional judgment, ethical standards, critical thinking, assessment and all other skills necessary to fulfill the role of the entry level Paramedic.

General Education Requirements (16-17 Credits Required)

Elective (3 Credits Required)

 The student may take any approved course as an elective.

Total Program Hours: 73

Civic Literacy Competency

Pursuant to Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code, effective Fall 2022 competency in civic literacy is a requirement for all students receiving an Associate in Science degree. Competency in civic literacy must be demonstrated in the following ways:

AND Florida Civic Literacy Examination (Score of 60% or better)


  • Or completing one of the following assessments with the score indicated:
    • AP Government and Politics: United States (Score of 3 or better)
    • AP United States History (Score of 4 or better)
    • CLEP: American Government (Score of 50 or better)
    • Florida Civic Literacy Examination (Score of 60% or better)

Note: All approved accelerated credit is listed in the Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies. The Credit-by-Exam section of the Florida State Articulation Committee website provides further details.

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