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Paramedic (PARAM-CT)

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. 6103

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 board examination.

The Paramedic:

This 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, arrhythmia interpretation, cardioversion, and defibrillation.  The Paramedic course is a three-semester program.  The Paramedic course is offered once a year beginning with the fall semester and concluding after the first summer term. Application deadline is June 1st.

Application process for Paramedic Program:

  1. New students should apply for General Admission to Gulf Coast State College. <click here>
  2. Returning students who have not attended in 2 years or more must also re-apply for admission.
  3. New students must pay $20 non-refundable college application fee online, at Enrollment Services, or at the Business Office.
  4. Returning students who have not attended in 2 years or more must pay a $10 non-refundable college application fee online, at Enrollment Services, or at the Business Office.
  5. New students must attend a free online College Orientation prior to course registration, otherwise a "hold" will be placed on student's account.  For more information, go to College Orientation .
  6. Request official high school transcripts and diploma from all high schools attended, or equivalent GED with scores, and have them mailed to the GCSC Enrollment Services Office by the last business day before the June 1st application deadline.
  7. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended, and have them mailed to the GCSC Enrollment Services Office by the last business day before the June 1st application deadline.
  8. Transfer transcripts must be evaluated by GCSC Enrollment Services prior to the admission deadline. View the GCSC website "Requirements for Admission" - Transfer Students. <click here>
  9. Students must be eighteen years of age or older to apply to the Paramedic program.
  10. Submit completed, signed Paramedic program application to the Health Sciences Division. <click here>
  11. Submit completed, signed Narcotic/Mental Health Statement in program application packet.
  12. Take the college entry-level tests called "PERT" (Postsecondary Education Readiness Tests) and achieve minimum scores by the June 1st deadline (see application packet for more information).
  13. Submit a current, valid copy of your Florida driver's license along with the Paramedic program application.
  14. Submit a current, valid copy of your Florida EMT license along with the Paramedic program application.
  15. Submit copy of a current, valid CPR certification card and maintain current certification throughout the Paramedic program (see application packet for more information).

Requirements for Paramedic applicants after Conditional Acceptance into the program:

  1. Satisfactory fingerprint and criminal background check, at student's expense, which must be done through GCSC.
  2. A 10-panel urine screen, at student's expense, is required by some affiliating clinical agencies (see application packet for more information).
  3. Current GCSC Physical Examination (less than a year old) with satisfactory results, signed by a healthcare provider.
  4. Current GCSC Immunizations Form, with satisfactory results, signed by a healthcare provider.
  5. Current TB skin test, TB blood test, or current chest x-ray report (less than a year old) is required.
  6. Purchase uniform and specific equipment (more information will be in the acceptance packet).

Additional Requirements for Paramedic Applicants

  1. Applicants must hold a current Florida EMT license or be eligible for the Florida licensure examination by virtue of holding 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 board examination.
  2. 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 percent.
  3. 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 percent.
  4. Proof of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider Basic Life Support certification or American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Interview with Program Coordinator; interviews will be arranged by the Administrative Assistant.
  7. 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 six months or more of emergency medical experience, are given preference for selection.  The Admissions Committee will review and notify students. 

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 Medical Services.

COURSES
+*# OST1257     Medical Terminology   2
+*# RET1934     Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)   1
+*# EMS2010    Essentials of Human Structure and Function   3
+*# EMS2231    Paramedic I   5
+*# EMS2232    Paramedic II   5
+*# EMS2233    Paramedic III   1
+*# EMS2340C  Basic Vehicle Rescue and Extrication   1
+* EMS2425    Paramedic Internship   4
+*# EMS2435    Paramedic I Lab   5
+*# EMS2436    Paramedic II Lab   5
+*# EMS2439    Advanced Clinical Internship   5
+*# EMS2526    Twelve-Lead EKG Interpretation   1
+*# EMS2553    Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)   1
+*# EMS2558    Stroke Management   1
+*# EMS2931    Emergency Response to Terrorism (ERT)   1
+*# EMS2934    Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)   1
 
Total Paramedic Certificate Hours 42
 
 * Minimum grade of "C" required
 + Prerequisites required
 # Applies only to A.S. Degree and Certificate programs

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