Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree paves the way for your next promotion
Lives often depend on the quick thinking and fast responses of first responders in medical emergencies. Our Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree gives you a general education and strong scientific background for your career. If you are an EMT and paramedic, this degree provides the perfect way to earn promotions in your career field.
- Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- Can be completed in two years
- Transfers to two of our bachelor's degrees: Public Safety Administration or Health Services Administration
- Gives you a competitive advantage for management jobs and promotions
Continuing Your Education
SPC provides education in the two levels of Emergency Medical Services certified by the State of Florida: Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. The EMT is the first level and allows practice at the basic life support level. It also provides the foundation to become a Paramedic. Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs and are trained in advanced life support measures.
Our EMT and Paramedic programs are the first two occupational completion points for our Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree.
For graduates of the four technical schools covered by the Florida Statewide Articulation Agreement (Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College [formerly Sarasota County Technical Institute], Lake Tech and First Coast Technical College), please contact the EMS Program Director to make an appointment to discuss a learning plan. You must be currently certified as a Florida Paramedic. Additional testing and face-to-face courses may be required.
- Technical Standards and Essential Functions
- Students accepted into the program will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.
Our program prepares you to work as an EMT or paramedic. As an EMT, you care for patients at the scene of an accident and during transport to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. Paramedics provide the most advanced care of all EMS professionals.
There is a shortage both statewide and nationally for EMTs and paramedics. The job market is especially lucrative for those who also are fire-certified. Opportunities exist in EMS agencies, fire and police departments, hospitals, physician offices and educational, correctional, veterans and military facilities.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Skills You Will Gain
- Effective communication with patients, family members and other medical providers
- Leadership skills
- Critical decision making regarding patient care
- Ethical behavior
- Industry standards and safety regulations
The St. Petersburg College EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).