Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science
Creating competent, ethical, confident entry-level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory and supportive learning environment.
An emergency medical services system consists of many different components. Paramedic is the advanced level for work in the EMS field. Paramedics provide advanced life support and transportation for the sick and injured. Attainment of the EMS degree may help the graduate in career advancement opportunities.
This limited access A.S. or A.A.S. degree program in EMS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and is a combination of general education and EMS courses. Graduates of the program are prepared to function as entry-level paramedics. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded an A.S. degree in EMS and are eligible to apply to sit for the Florida state board exam to qualify for certification as a paramedic in the state of Florida. The EMS field requires specific physical capabilities, please contact any disabled student services office if you have specific questions.
Emergency medical services (EMS) technology courses must be taken in sequence with the designated prerequisite and corequisite courses. A grade point average of 2.0 must be earned in each professional core course, BSC 2010C and BSC 2020C.
Expected Job Growth and Earnings
The numbers of jobs added to the field will be much faster than average, according to the Department of Labor. The average starting annual salary for paramedics is $28,000.
Certification and Licensing
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the Florida State Board or National Registry exams.
This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021, (817) 283-9403, and the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399, (850) 245-4440.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Emergency Medical Services program students must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Submit a paramedic application by the published deadline.
- Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. (Contact the EMS office for application deadline.)
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Prior to being admitted to the program an applicant must complete:
Total Credit Hours: 73
Credit Hours: 16
Credit Hours: 53
Minimum Credit Hours: 4
Record of Conviction of a Crime
Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendre, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent 5 years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent 5 years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the State of Florida.
***BSC 2085C and BSC 2086C may be substituted for BSC 2020C. Students who have completed BSC 2085C prior to entering the paramedic program should take BSC 2086C during the first semester of the paramedic program. EMS 1059 is a prerequisite for EMS 1119 and EMS 1401.
You have two options in this program: the associate in science (A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment or transfer to a state university, and the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, which is intended primarily for students who want immediate employment after graduation. If you choose the A.S. degree you must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics. The A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher. Please see an advisor to determine the option that is best for you.
Non–degree seeking students may refer to the Paramedic (6393) technical certificate.
Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.
The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.
Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.
A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.
In order to be awarded the associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students must have met the following requirements:
- Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science or applied science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA or A.A.S. Florida State College GPA).
- Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative).
- Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
- Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
- Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements .
- Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment. Refer to the assessment section for details.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
- If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2009/2010) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2014, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2013/2014 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
- Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
- Students enrolling in associate in applied science programs must pass all sections of the placement test before award of an A.A.S. degree, regardless of the degree program’s general education requirements.
- Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
- Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.