3042 | Paramedic – College Credit Certificate

South Florida State College’s Paramedic college credit certificate trains students to provide emergency, out-of-hospital care under the direction of an emergency physician.

Paramedics direct and manage patient care aspects of the emergency response team. The emergency response team is generally composed of public safety and community service agency personnel who respond to traffic accidents, fires, explosions, and other life-threatening situations.

The Paramedic Program includes a three-term sequence of lecture, lab, hospital clinical and emergency medical services clinical courses and instruction. Instruction includes patient airway management, patient assessment, trauma emergencies, medical emergencies, assessment-based management, and ambulance operations. Credits will articulate directly toward the Associate in Science (AS) degree in Emergency Medical Services.

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Recognize the nature and seriousness of a patient’s illness/injury in order to accurately administer emergency medical care on am EMT-Paramedic level of training.
  • Administer appropriate emergency care based on their training to stabilize the patient’s condition.
  • Lift, move, position, and otherwise handle the movement of the patient in a way as to minimize further injury or illness.
  • Fulfill all written and practical objectives as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standards Curriculum.
  • Be eligible to take the State of Florida EMT-Paramedic State Board Exam.
Course Descriptions Credit Hours
Fall Term  
Anatomy for Paramedics 3
Paramedic Preparatory 2
Paramedic Fundamentals 2
Paramedic Fundamentals Lab 2
Paramedic Clinical Experience I 2
Paramedic Field Internship I 1
Paramedic Special Considerations 2
Paramedic Special Considerations Lab 2
Spring Term 2
Paramedic Trauma Management 1
Paramedic Trauma Management Lab 2
Paramedic Clinical Experience II 2
Paramedic Medical Emergencies 3
Paramedic Medical Emergencies Lab 2
Paramedic Special Emergencies 3
Paramedic Special Emergencies Lab 1
Summer Term  
Paramedic Clinical Experience III 1
Paramedic Field Internship III 2
Paramedic Rescue Emergencies 1
Paramedic Rescue Emergencies Lab 2
Paramedic Patients with Special Needs 2
Paramedic Patients with Special Needs Lab 2

How to Apply

The Paramedic program is a limited access program. Applicants must be currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in Florida or have completed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course from a state of Florida approved EMS training center. State of Florida certification is required prior to starting the second term of the Paramedic program.

Candidates must obtain authorization from the Emergency Medical Service program chairperson before they register for classes. Preference is given according to the candidate’s experience as an EMT and educational achievement.

This step-by-step guide explains the process for applying to the Paramedic program and includes links to the forms you will need.

For more information, contact: Steven L. Ashworth, chair, EMS and Fire Science Programs, and professor, EMS, 784-7272; ashworths@southflorida.edu.

Gainful Employment Disclosure


Award Year 2010-2011    2011-2012
Students Completing Program* 0 21
Program Costs:    
  Tuition and Fees $4,485.30 $4,796.20
  Books and Supplies NA NA
  Total NA NA
Debt at Program Completion:    
  Median of Federal Loans $0.00 $996.00
  Median of Private Loans $0.00 $0.00
Program Completion in Normal Time:    
  Normal Program Length 11 months 11 months
  Students Completing in Normal Time NA 90.48%
Job Placement Rate for Completers: NA 100%
NA – Data Not Available    
* – Completers data based on fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)