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    Apr 23, 2024  
Catalog 2022-2023 (Revised) 
Catalog 2022-2023 (Revised) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Services, AAS

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No. of Credits: 60
Contact: Dr. Laura Polk,  Dean, Science and Health
April Rollins, Program Coordinator

The Emergency Medical Services Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares graduates to provide emergency pre-hospital medical care to those who have sustained potentially life- threatening illnesses and injuries. Instruction includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical training in a variety of pre-hospital and hospital settings. This program follows the National Education Standards developed by the United States Department of Transportation.The EMS paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Graduates are employed in settings associated with emergent patient care such as hospitals, emergency and urgent care centers, fire and rescue squads, ambulance services agencies, and similar organizations.

Students must hold current paramedic certification for entry into this program.  Students entering this program with an EMT-I or EMT-P earned through another institution may be required to take a transition course.

This may be a competitive admissions program determined by student/instructor ratios. A grade of “C” or better is required in all program courses.

This program may be designated as a Health Manpower Shortage program. For more information contact the Admissions Department.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

NOTE: Students are required to provide proof of immunization status, a completed health form, a criminal background check and drug screen at the students’ expense. Students are also required to provide proof of health insurance and CPR certification. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers and the American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers are the only accepted CPR courses.

The college will not be responsible for any tuition, fees or other costs that may be charged or paid or lost due to incomplete, untimely or unsatisfactory health records, CPR certification, background check or drug screen.  The college is not responsible for the conduct of background checks and drug screenings, or decisions made by other entities as a result of the background check, drug screening and health requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will…

  1. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of EMS systems to improve the health of EMS personnel, patients, and the community.
  2. Practice within the legal and ethical framework of Emergency Medical Services.
  3. Apply fundamental principles of public health and epidemiology including public health emergencies, health promotion, and illness and injury prevention.
  4. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology into the assessment, development, and implementation of a treatment/disposition plan for a patient with a medical complaint
  5. Integrate complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology into the assessment, development, and implementation of a treatment/disposition plan for a patient with an acute injury.
  6. Apply knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and personnel safety.

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Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Mathematics (3 credits)


Fourth Semester

Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)


  • See Gen Ed  Listing from PSY or SOC disciplines

General Education Elective (3 credits)

Completion of this course meets the General Education and Cultural and Global Awareness requirements.


  • See Gen Ed  Listing and select any General Education course from within the Cultural and Global Awareness course list.

General Education Electives (2 credits)



* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite   

Course Indicators: English Composition (E), Arts (A), Cultural and Global Awareness (C), Humanities (H), Biological/Physical Sciences (S), Social/Behavioral Sciences (B), Mathematics (M)

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