Paramedic Certificate Program Goals as Defined by CAAHEP/CoAEMSP

The Paramedic Certificate program will "prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains," with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician levels.

Paramedics are a mainstay in public health and community service agencies and provide the most advanced care of all EMS professionals. Our program gives you the skills to excel in this field and a foundation for further EMS education and career advancement.

Licensure

  • Graduates are prepared to take the state licensing exam for Paramedic.

Features

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Can be completed in 12 months
  • Puts you in Pinellas County emergency centers, hospitals, community and fire/EMS agencies for clinical courses
  • Places you in Pinellas County fire or EMS agencies for a field internship
  • Prepares you for quick entry into a career

Important Information

Program outcomes

EMS Student Success, Retention and Employment Rates

Outcomes
EMS Outcomes  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017 
NRP Certification  100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 94% 100%
Retention Rate *  81.1% 87.88% 94.59% 81.58% 76% 72.73% 67.86% 58.62%
Employment Rate *  100% 86% 91% 100% 94.1% 96.4% 92% 92%
Success Rate **  80.9% 84% 81.4% 84.3% 88.6% 82.8% 91.4% n/a
  Percent of graduates passing the NREMT paramedic exam 2014-2016: 95.24%
Percent of graduates passing the NREMT paramedic exam 2012-2016: 95.83%

Sources:
* CoAEMSP (Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions)
**St. Petersburg College Academic Program Viability Report 

The overall four-year State of Florida certification and National Registry exam pass rate for St. Petersburg College's EMS Program is 97.9%. For the years 2012 through 2016, the average retention rate for paramedic students is 77.57%. Our current paramedic cohorts set to graduate in 2018 have a retention rate of 97%.

Many of our SPC EMS Program graduates find employment in various EMS, fire, military, healthcare and law enforcement agencies. Additionally, students have found employment in medical facilities or have continued into nursing, physician assistant or medical school. Employment opportunities abound for any SPC paramedic graduate in the local and regional area. Placement data from our annual accreditation report shows a 97.81% placement rate since 2012.

Careers

Our program prepares you to work as an EMT or paramedic. Paramedics provide the most advanced care of all EMS professionals.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Patient assessment and transportation
  • Advanced airway management
  • Environmental hazards and extrication techniques
  • Effective communications and documentation
  • Critical decision making regarding patient care
  • Ethical behavior
  • 12-lead EKG interpretation
  • Medication administration
  • Advanced life support techniques

Accreditation

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).

Paramedic Certificate Curriculum

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