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 Associate in Science 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.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

11,070

2026

13,160

Percent Change

19

Projected Job Openings

920

Features of SPC's Emergency Medical Services A.S. degree

Skills You Gain in SPC's EMS Associate in Science Degree

  • Effective communication with patients, family members and other medical providers
  • Leadership skills
  • Critical decision making regarding patient care
  • Ethical standards
  • Industry standards and safety regulations

Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science

EMS-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2018 (550)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2018 (550), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Glenn Davis
Program Administrator and Curriculum Coordinator
727-341-3656 or 3680
Davis.Glenn@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

The AS degree is available to certified paramedics with transferable credit. The paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1351090402:

Federal CIP Code

51.0904: Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic).


Admission Rules

General Education and Support courses do not have to be taken in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a student support specialist at HEC (see https://go.spcollege.edu/HealthAdvising/).

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition I

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Psychology (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
PSY 1012 General Psychology 3
PSY 1012H Honors General Psychology 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Complete 4 credits

1 BSC 1084C Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4

SUPPORT COURSES
Computer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 credit)

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
CGS 1070 Basic Computer and Information Literacy 1
CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3
CGS 1309 Computer and Information Technology Concepts 3
EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology 3
MUM 1001 Apple Macintosh Foundations 1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)

EMS 1119 Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care 6
EMS 1119L Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care Lab 2
EMS 1411 Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care Clinical Experience 2
EMS 1421 EMT Field Internship 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2rd Term in Program (Complete 15 credits)

EMS 2601 Paramedic Theory I 8
EMS 2601L Paramedic Laboratory I 4
EMS 2664 Paramedic Clinical I 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program (Complete 16 credits)

EMS 2602 Paramedic Theory II 8
EMS 2602L Paramedic Laboratory II 4
EMS 2665 Paramedic Clinical II 4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program (Complete 7 credits)

EMS 2659C Paramedic Field Internship 7

1 This course is a prerequisite or co-requisite with EMS 2601/L and must be taken with or before any EMS 2000 level course. BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L may be substituted for BSC 1084C.

Total Credits 73

Important Information

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).

CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION at spc

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 Applied Technology Diploma and Paramedic Certificate programs are the first two occupational completion points for our Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree. The A.S. Degree can transfer to two of SPC's bachelor's degrees: Public Safety Administration or Health Services Administration.

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.

HEALTH CONTINUING EDUCATION

We also offer health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree