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Hudson Valley Community College To Offer Associate's Degree Program for Paramedics

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 29, 2000

Beginning in the Fall 2000 semester, students will be able to complete an associate's degree in Paramedic training at Hudson Valley Community College.

Hudson Valley has offered a certificate program in Paramedic for 12 years, and the college is responding to student demand for a Paramedic degree. The degree program will include course work and internships for the EMT and Paramedic program as well as liberal arts courses to fulfill the degree requirement. Those taking the 67-credit course during the day can complete the program in two years.

The college will continue to offer a certificate in Paramedic training. The 27-credit program will be expand to 40 credit hours and will include a series of 10 courses as well as clinical rotations and internship.

"This is an exciting new option for our students and an important contribution to the Capital Region," President John Buono said. "Since the program began in 1988, we've had nearly 1,000 paramedic graduates - many of them working to keep our local communities safe."

Hudson Valley Community College is one of 21 registered Paramedic programs operating in New York State, but the only program in the greater Capital Region. Students come from around the areas and from Massachusetts and Vermont to complete the training. The program currently offers day, evening and off-campus options and recently began reaching out to local high school students through Basic EMT courses offered via interactive television.

In offering the new associate's degree, Hudson Valley also will allow high school students to enter directly into the program. Previously, those entering the program would be required to be certified Emergency Medical Technician prior to entering the Paramedic course.

"Now, students can enter the program, take their EMT course and some liberal arts requirements in their freshman year and then complete their paramedic training during the second year," said Department Chair Patty Hyland.

In addition, those who have previously completed the paramedic certificate program may return to Hudson Valley Community College to take additional courses and earn a degree.

The new degree program and the new certificate program are both registered with the State Department of Education. Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation.

One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.