AREA OF CONCENTRATION: Upon completion of the Paramedic program,
all graduates will have demonstrated the necessary
knowledge, technical skill, and professional attitude and
behavior to implement safe, effective and appropriate care in
their roles as a Paramedic.
INITIAL CONTACT: Craig Wise at (850) 913-3311 PRIMARY ADVISER: Scott Williams (850) 769-1551 ext.
INTRODUCTION: The Emergency Medical Services programs are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational
Programs for EMS Professionals (COAEMSP) and by the Florida
Department of Health. Graduates of either the Emergency
Medical Technician program or Paramedic program are eligible to apply for the state examination and the national
The Paramedic is the higher level of the EMS career ladder. Paramedics
are licensed EMTs who are then trained in advanced life
support measures including venipuncture, intravenous
therapy, endotracheal intubation, medication administration, dysrhythmia interpretation, cardioversion, and defibrillation.
The Paramedic program consists of three consecutive semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer. The
Paramedic course is offered once a year beginning with the
Fall semester and concluding after the first Summer term.
To be considered for the Parmedic program, the applicant should:
Have State of Florida EMT certification
Pass the EMT coursework on the first attempt achieving a "B" grade in EMS1119, EMS1401, EMS1335, and EMS1555, or equivalent coursework.**
**Those students passing with a "C" grade in any EMT course should have 1 year of full-time experience (2 years part-time) at an ALS transport service prior to applying, and a positive recommendation letter from an immediate supervisor.
Applications for the Paramedic program must be received by the last business day before the June 1st deadline.
New students should apply for General Admission to Gulf Coast State College click here;
Returning students who have not attended in 2 years or more must also re-apply for admission.
New students must pay $20 non-refundable college application fee online, at Enrollment Services Office, or at the Business Office. Returning students who have not attended GCSC in 2 years or more must pay a $10 non-refundable college application fee.
New students must attend a free online CollegeOrientation prior to course registration, otherwise a "hold" will be placed on student's account; for more information to go College Orientation
Submit official high school transcripts or GED with scores to Enrollment Services Office
Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended for evaluation by the Enrollment Serviceds Office
Applicants must be eighteen years of age or older
Submit completed Paramedic application to the
Health Sciences Division
Take the Florida entry-level placement tests: Postsecondary Education Readiness Tests (PERT). Minimum scores are in the application packet. Students may contact the Testing Office at (850) 769-1551, ext. 2899 for dates,
times, and locations of placement tests.
Submit signed Narcotic/Mental Statement found in the application packet
Submit a copy of your current valid Florida EMT License
Submit a copy of your current valid Florida driver’s license
Requirements for Paramedic after Conditional
A satisfactory fingerprint and background check, at student's expense, must be done through Gulf Coast State College; cost is $80 (see additional information in the application packet).
Submit a copy of current valid CPR card and maintain certification throughout the entire program. Acceptable cards are American Heart Assoc. Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer, or American Safety and Health Institute CPR-Pro.
Submit completed GCSC physical examination with satisfactory
results signed by a physician
Submit completed GCSC Immunizations form signed by a physician
Attend mandatory Health Sciences Orientation classes by registration and payment through Continuing Education (dates will be in acceptance packet)
Uniform and specific equipment will be discussed the first week of class
Additional Requirements for Paramedic Applicants:
Applicants must hold a current Florida EMT license or be
eligible for the Florida licensure examination by virtue of
current National Registry certification or current
EMT certification from another state. Within 45 days of
entering the first semester of the Paramedic program,
students holding EMT certification from another state
must score a minimum of 80 percent on the Florida EMT
Florida certified EMTs must have completed the state
board examination with a minimum score of 80 percent.
Students failing to achieve an 80 percent on the state
board examination may challenge the GCSC EMT
program final examination and score a minimum of 80
Applicants must have maintained a minimum grade of "B" in the EMT training program. Students failing to
achieve this average may challenge the GCSC EMT
Program final examination and score a minimum of 80
Proof of current CPR certification and maintain certification throughout the program. Acceptable cards are the American Heart Association Healthcare
Provider, American Red
Cross Professional Rescuer, or American Safety and Health Institute CPR-Pro.
Submit 3 Letters of Recommendation before the application deadline of June 1st.
Meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Clinical Coordinator for an interview. You will be contacted at a later date by the Administrative Assistant to schedule an appointment for the interview.
A minimum grade of “C” is required in all coursework.
Student Selection Process: The requirements listed above are
minimum requirements; however, satisfaction of minimum
requirements does not automatically guarantee admission.
Admission to the program is a selective process. Paramedic
program applicants with 6 months or more of emergency
medical experience are given preference for selection. The
Admissions Committee will review applicants' folders and notify selected individuals who are conditionally accepted.
Curriculum: The EMT program may be completed by
Certificate. The Paramedic program may be completed by
either Certificate or Associate in Science degree in Emergency
The Paramedic program is a selective admission, limited
enrollment program. Admission to Gulf Coast State
College does not imply acceptance into the Paramedic
You must be a licensed EMT. The core curriculum consists of a combination of lecture,
clinicals, and skills laboratory hours.
OST1257 Medical Terminology
RET1934 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
EMS2010 Essentials of Human Structure and Function
EMS2231 Paramedic I
EMS2232 Paramedic II
EMS2233 Paramedic III
EMS2340C Basic Vehicle Rescue and Extrication
EMS2425 Paramedic Internship
EMS2435 Paramedic I Lab
EMS2436 Paramedic II Lab
EMS2439 Advanced Clinical Internship
EMS2526 Twelve-Lead EKG Interpretation
EMS2553 Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
EMS2558 Stroke Management
EMS2931 Emergency Response to Terrorism (ERT)
EMS2934 Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
TOTAL PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE HOURS
* Minimum grade of "C" required
+ Prerequisites required
# Applies only to A.S. Degree and Certificate programs