For the past five years, 99% of our graduates have passed the paramedic state licensing exam.
Since 2008, 93% of our graduates have found jobs in the field, continued their education or entered the military.
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).
Lives 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.
To be successful in the EMS programs, you should be able to demonstrate these essential functions.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Glenn Davis, Program Administrator and Curriculum Coordinator, 727-341-3656 or 3680Dr. Richard Flora, Dean
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).
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/).
Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition I
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEthics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
SUPPORT COURSESPsychology (Select 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSESComplete 4 credits
SUPPORT COURSESComputer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 credit)
MAJOR CORE COURSES1st Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES2rd Term in Program (Complete 15 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES3rd Term in Program (Complete 16 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES4th Term in Program (Complete 7 credits)
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.
The shortest wait times are in the morning. To be sure you will see an advisor, please arrive at least one hour before closing. Limited services may be available up to an hour before closing, depending on the number of students waiting.
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