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Paramedic Certificate

  • Paramedic   Admissions Guide 
  • Program outcomes

    EMS Student Success, Retention and Employment Rates
    EMS Outcomes  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017 
    NRP Certification  100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 94% 100%
    Retention Rate *  81.1% 87.88% 94.59% 81.58% 76% 72.73% 67.86% 58.62%
    Employment Rate *  100% 86% 91% 100% 94.1% 96.4% 92% 92%
    Success Rate **  80.9% 84% 81.4% 84.3% 88.6% 82.8% 91.4% n/a
      Percent of graduates passing the NREMT paramedic exam 2014-2016: 95.24%
    Percent of graduates passing the NREMT paramedic exam 2012-2016: 95.83%

    * CoAEMSP (Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions)
    **St. Petersburg College Academic Program Viability Report 

    The overall four-year State of Florida certification and National Registry exam pass rate for St. Petersburg College's EMS Program is 97.9%. For the years 2012 through 2016, the average retention rate for paramedic students is 77.57%. Our current paramedic cohorts set to graduate in 2018 have a retention rate of 97%.

    Many of our SPC EMS Program graduates find employment in various EMS, fire, military, healthcare and law enforcement agencies. Additionally, students have found employment in medical facilities or have continued into nursing, physician assistant or medical school. Employment opportunities abound for any SPC paramedic graduate in the local and regional area. Placement data from our annual accreditation report shows a 97.81% placement rate since 2012.

  • Skills You Will Gain

    • Patient assessment and transportation
    • Advanced airway management
    • Environmental hazards and extrication techniques
    • Effective communications and documentation
    • Critical decision making regarding patient care
    • Ethical behavior
    • 12-lead EKG interpretation
    • Medication administration
    • Advanced life support techniques
  • This schedule is being revised and will be updated soon.

  • Accreditation

    The St. Petersburg College EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

  • Paramedic Program Goals as Defined by CAAHEP/CoAEMSP:

    The paramedic program will “prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains,” with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician levels.

    CT iconParamedics are a mainstay in public health and community service agencies and provide the most advanced care of all EMS professionals. Our program gives you the skills to excel in this field and a foundation for further EMS education and career advancement.


    • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    • Prepares you for the national or state licensing exam as a Paramedic
    • Can be completed in 12 months
    • Puts you in Pinellas County emergency centers, hospitals, community and fire/EMS agencies for clinical courses
    • Places you in Pinellas County fire or EMS agencies for a field internship
    • Prepares you for quick entry into a career

    What You Should Know

    To be successful in the EMS programs, you should be able to demonstrate these essential functions. Prospective paramedic students must be Florida certified EMTs before entering this program.

  • Careers

    Our program prepares you to work as an EMT or paramedic. As an EMT, you care for patients at the scene of an accident and during transport to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. Paramedics provide the most advanced care of all EMS professionals.

    Career Outlook

    There is a shortage both statewide and nationally for EMTs and paramedics. The job market is especially lucrative for those who also are fire-certified. Employment is expected to grow by 33 percent through 2020, much faster than other occupations. Opportunities exist in EMS agencies, fire and police departments, hospitals, physician offices and educational, correctional, veterans and military facilities.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Paramedic
    Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2018 (550)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2018 (550), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Program Leadership Information

    Glenn Davis
    Program Administrator and Curriculum Coordinator
    727-341-3656 or 3680

    Program Summary

    This certificate is designed to produce paramedics, whose job description involves advanced life support, to deliver the pre-hospital, life support care and transportation necessary for victims of accident and emergency illness. Successful completion of the prescribed courses and the awarding of a certificate of completion means eligibility to take the State of Florida examination for certification or national registry exam for certification as a Paramedic.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Florida CIP Code


    Federal CIP Code

    51.0904: Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic).

    Job Related Opportunities

    • Paramedics are a mainstay in companies or agencies operating emergency vehicles that respond to traffic accidents, fires, explosions, cave-ins, emergency rescue calls and other life-threatening situations. Some also assist in patient care in hospitals and doctors' offices, with specific instruction and supervision.

    Admission Rules

    Please review the Paramedic Certificate Admission Guide.

    The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Paramedic Certificate program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

    o Must meet all college admissions requirements, including college placement tests
    o Current certification as a FL certified EMT
    o Current AHA CPR card at the BLS level

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" in all courses.


    aBSC 1084CEssentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology4
    EMS 2601Paramedic Theory I8
    EMS 2601LParamedic Laboratory I4
    EMS 2602Paramedic Theory II8
    EMS 2602LParamedic Laboratory II4
    EMS 2664Paramedic Clinical I3
    EMS 2665Paramedic Clinical II4
    EMS 2659CParamedic Field Internship7

    a Can substitute BSC 2085/2085L and 2086/2086L

    Total Credits42
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