Paramedic Certificate Program Goals as Defined by CAAHEP/CoAEMSP

"To prepare Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession."

The College Credit Certificate (CCC) is 45-week program and is designed for students who are pursuing an A.S. in EMS.  The program consists of 1,160 contact hours, including classroom instruction and a required number of hours and competencies in the clinical environment and field setting.  From 2018 to 2021, the CCC was offered as an evening program. The CCC has been moved to a day schedule shift-friendly program and will be offered at the Allstate Center.

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.

Please note: The Paramedic Certificate program will be offered in a shift-friendly day schedule at the Allstate Center in the Fall 2022 term, with classroom sessions meeting two days per week.

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


Salary Data

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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: Spring 2023 (615)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2023 (615), 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 Summary

For paramedic program information, please contact

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 goal of SPC is to assist students in preparing for licensure in the state of Florida.  Students interested in licensure outside the state of Florida should contact the individual state for any unique or individual requirements.  In addition, students should contact their professional association for additional information on out of state licensure. 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" in all courses.

Academic Pathways

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

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Ralph Sibbio
EMS Program Director

Florida CIP Code

0351090405 - Paramedic CCC

Federal CIP Code

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


St. Petersburg College's Paramedic 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214.703.8992

Program outcomes

EMS Student Success, Retention and Employment Rates

EMS Outcomes 2019 2020 2021 2022
NREMT Cognitive Exam 91.4% 92.3% 100% 94.9%
Retention Rate * 72% 86.9% 46.7% 67.2%
Employment Rate * 89% 96.2% 100% 94.9%
Success Rate ** 93.8% 81.6% 63% 90%

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

Overall, from 2019-2022 the National Registry Paramedic Exam pass rates for St. Petersburg College's EMS's College Credit Certificate and PSAV Program is 95%, the average retention rate is 68%, the average employment rate is 95%, and the average success rate is 82%. Please note as of August of 2018, the NREMT Cognitive Exam is required for state certification with the psychomotor exam optional to obtain National Registry certification. Additionally, as of July 1, 2024, the NREMT will no longer require the psychomotor exam to obtain National Registry certification"

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 Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.

Health Programs Application

Students accepted into the program will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.

Application Windows

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