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.

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 Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2018 Employment




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Projected Job Openings


Features of SPC's Paramedic Certificate

  • 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

Skills You Will Gain in SPC's Paramedic Certificate

  • 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

Paramedic Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


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

Program Summary

This certificate is designed to produce paramedics, whose job description involves advanced life support, to deliver the pre-hospital, life support care and transportation necessary for victims of accident and emergency illness. Successful completion of the prescribed courses and the awarding of a certificate of completion means eligibility to take the State of Florida examination for certification or national registry exam for certification as a Paramedic.

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


Federal CIP Code

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

Job Related Opportunities

  • Paramedics are a mainstay in companies or agencies operating emergency vehicles that respond to traffic accidents, fires, explosions, cave-ins, emergency rescue calls and other life-threatening situations. Some also assist in patient care in hospitals and doctors' offices, with specific instruction and supervision.

Admission Rules

Please review the Paramedic Certificate Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Paramedic Certificate program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

o Must meet all college admissions requirements, including college placement tests
o Current certification as a FL certified EMT
o Current AHA CPR card at the BLS level

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" in all courses.


a BSC 1084C Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
EMS 2601 Paramedic Theory I 8
EMS 2601L Paramedic Laboratory I 4
EMS 2602 Paramedic Theory II 8
EMS 2602L Paramedic Laboratory II 4
EMS 2664 Paramedic Clinical I 3
EMS 2665 Paramedic Clinical II 4
EMS 2659C Paramedic Field Internship 7

a Can substitute BSC 2085/2085L and 2086/2086L

Total Credits 42


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).

Program outcomes

EMS Student Success, Retention and Employment Rates

EMS Outcomes  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  2018 
NRP Certification  100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 94% 100% 94%
Retention Rate *  81.1% 87.88% 94.59% 81.58% 76% 72.73% 67.86% 35.7% 90.63%
Employment Rate *  100% 86% 91% 100% 94.1% 96.4% 92% 90% N/A
Success Rate **  80.9% 84% 81.4% 84.3% 88.6% 82.8% 91.4% N/A N/A

* 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%. For 2012 through 2018, the average retention rate for paramedic students is 74.25%. Please note that from August 1, 2016 until July 31, 2018 paramedic graduates in the state of Florida had the option to complete either the State written exam or the National Registry Cognitive Exam (NREMT). Currently only the NREMT Cognitive Exam is required for state certification with the psychomotor exam optional to obtain National Registry certification. Of the 2017 graduates who opted for the full NREMT testing, 100% were successful on their first attempt.
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 94% placement rate since 2012.


  • Graduates of SPC's Paramedic Certificate program are prepared to take the state licensing exam for Paramedic.


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.


We also offer health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Emergency Medical Services A.S. Degree

Program Admissions

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