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    73 credit hours

Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree

  • Skills You Will Gain

    • Effective communication with patients, family members and other medical providers
    • Leadership skills
    • Critical decision making regarding patient care
    • Ethical behavior
    • Industry standards and safety regulations
  • 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).

  • AS iconLives often depend on the quick thinking and fast responses of first responders in medical emergencies. Our EMS Associate in Science degree gives you a general education and strong scientific background for your career. If you are an EMT and paramedic, this degree provides the perfect way to earn promotions in your career field.


    • Affordable
    • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    • Can be completed in two years
    • Transfers to two of our bachelor’s degrees: Public Safety Administration or Health Services Administration
    • Gives you a competitive advantage for management jobs and promotions

    What You Should Know

    To be successful in the EMS programs, you should be able to demonstrate these essential functions.

  • 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
  • Continuing Your Education

    SPC provides education in the two levels of Emergency Medical Services certified by the State of Florida: Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. The EMT is the first level and allows practice at the basic life support level. It also provides the foundation to become a Paramedic. Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs and are trained in advanced life support measures.

    SPC also offers an A.S. degree program in Emergency Medical Services. Our EMT and Paramedic programs are the first two occupational completion points for our EMS-AS.This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degrees in Public Safety Administration or Health Services Administration.

    For graduates of the four technical schools covered by the Florida Statewide Articulation Agreement (Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College [formerly Sarasota County Technical Institute], Lake Tech and First Coast Technical College), please contact the EMS Program Director to make an appointment to discuss a learning plan. You must be currently certified as a Florida Paramedic. Additional testing and face-to-face courses may be required.

    ATD to CT to AS to BAS
  • Emergency Medical Services
    Associate in Science


    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

    Dr. Richard Flora

    Program Summary

    The AS degree is available to certified paramedics with transferable credit. The paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.

    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).

    Admission Rules

    General Education and Support courses do not have to be taken in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a student support specialist at HEC (see https://go.spcollege.edu/HealthAdvising/).

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

    Communications - Composition I

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

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    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    Psychology (Select 3 credits)

    Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
    PSY 1012General Psychology3
    PSY 1012HHonors General Psychology3

    Complete 4 credits

    1BSC 1084CEssentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology4

    Computer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 credit)

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
    CGS 1070Basic Computer and Information Literacy1
    CGS 1100Computer Applications3
    CGS 1309Computer and Information Technology Concepts3
    EME 2040Introduction to Educational Technology3
    MUM 1001Apple Macintosh Foundations1

    1st Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)

    EMS 1119Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care6
    EMS 1119LFundamentals of Emergency Medical Care Lab2
    EMS 1411Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care Clinical Experience2
    EMS 1421EMT Field Internship2

    2rd Term in Program (Complete 15 credits)

    EMS 2601Paramedic Theory I8
    EMS 2601LParamedic Laboratory I4
    EMS 2664Paramedic Clinical I3

    3rd Term in Program (Complete 16 credits)

    EMS 2602Paramedic Theory II8
    EMS 2602LParamedic Laboratory II4
    EMS 2665Paramedic Clinical II4

    4th Term in Program (Complete 7 credits)

    EMS 2659CParamedic Field Internship7

    1 This course is a prerequisite or co-requisite with EMS 2601/L and must be taken with or before any EMS 2000 level course. BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L may be substituted for BSC 1084C.

    Total Credits73
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