Sources: * 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.
This schedule is being revised and will be updated soon.
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).
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.
Paramedics 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.
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.
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.
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 3680
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
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
Minimum grade of "C" in all courses.
MAJOR CORE COURSES
a Can substitute BSC 2085/2085L and 2086/2086L
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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