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Academic Programs - School of Health Sciences

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate
HEGIS #5299
Chairperson: Patricia G. Hyland
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor), (518) 629-7454

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) is a highly-skilled professional provider who practices the art and science of out-of-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. Through performance of assessments and providing medical care, their goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. EMT-Ps primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting. EMT-Ps possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with the expectations of the public and the profession. EMT-Ps recognize that they are an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as linkages among health resources. EMT-Ps are responsible and accountable to medical direction, the public, and their peers.

Upon completion of the (1,385 hour) 15-course series constituting the EMT-Paramedic certificate, students will be eligible to sit for state and national examinations. The entire program can be completed in a year during the day or two years in the evening.

The Hudson Valley Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
4101 W Green Oaks Blvd Suite 305-599
Arlington, TX 76016
(817) 330-0080
FAX (817) 330-0089
www.coaemsp.org

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will make all recommendations for re-admission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Re-admission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been readmitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Emergency Medical Technician program.

Students in this program may be subjected to drug testing and criminal background checks at their own expense. Results must be shared with the Department Chairperson and clinical education site and if the clinical site deems the student unfit to attend the site, the student may be unable to complete degree requirements.

Please note: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual’s right to complete clinical experience at some sites required for program completion and/or to be licensed as a Certified Paramedic in NYS. Applicants should see the department chairperson.

All college level science courses must have been taken within five years in order to be applicable toward this degree program. Paramedic core courses must be taken at Hudson Valley.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Courses Notes High School Average
Candidates must hold current NYS EMT Card, have one year of EMT experience and information session with coordinator of program is required. Exceptions for spring admission require department chairperson or program director permission. Permission may be granted for students who:
  • have sufficient transfer credit or life experience credit.
  • wish to lighten subsequent fall courseload.
Contact the department for specific details.
N/A

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $465.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*    

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

BIOL 130** Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
EMSP 201 Clinical for the Prepatory, Airway and Assessment 1
EMSP 202** Introduction to Paramedicine 4
EMSP 204** Airway and Assessment 3
EMSP 205** Operations for the Paramedic 2
EMSP 206** Pharmacology for the Paramedic 3
EMSP 210** Trauma Management for the Paramedic 4
EMSP 216** Paramedicine I 3
EMSP 217** Paramedicine II 4
EMSP 218** Paramedicine III 3
EMSP 221 Clinical for Trauma, Medical & Spec. Considerations 2
EMSP 222** Pediatrics and Geriatrics for the Paramedic 3
EMSP 223** Special Certifications for the Paramedic 3
EMSP 230 Critical Applications for Paramedicine 4
EMSP 240 Internship Final Evaluation Phase 1
Total Credits Required 43

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
* * A grade of “C” is required for program completion.

Please note: there is a required summer semester for this program.

SUGGESTED COURSE OF STUDY FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
FIRST TERM    
BIOL 130 Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
EMSP 201 Clinical for the Prepatory, Airway and Assessment 1
EMSP 202 Introduction to Paramedicine 4
EMSP 204 Airway and Assessment 3
EMSP 205 Operations for the Paramedic 2
EMSP 206 Pharmacology for the Paramedic 3
EMSP 210 Trauma Management for the Paramedic 4
  Term Total 20
SECOND TERM    
EMSP 216 Paramedicine I 3
EMSP 217 Paramedicine II 4
EMSP 218 Paramedicine III 3
EMSP 221 Clinical for Trauma, Medical & Spec. Considerations 2
EMSP 222 Pediatrics and Geriatrics for the Paramedic 3
EMSP 230 Critical Applications for Paramedicine 4
  Term Total 19
SUMMER TERM    
EMSP 223 Special Certifications for the Paramedic 3
EMSP 240 Internship Final Evaluation Phase 1
  Term Total 4

SUGGESTED COURSE OF STUDY FOR EVENING STUDY
FIRST TERM    
BIOL 130 Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
EMSP 202 Introduction to Paramedicine 4
EMSP 204 Airway and Assessment 3
EMSP 206 Pharmacology for the Paramedic 3
  Term Total 13
SECOND TERM    
EMSP 201 Clinical for the Prepatory, Airway and Assessment 1
EMSP 205 Operations for the Paramedic 2
EMSP 210 Trauma Management for the Paramedic 4
EMSP 216 Paramedicine I 3
EMSP 217 Paramedicine II 4
EMSP 218 Paramedicine III 3
  Term Total 17
SUMMER TERM    
EMSP 221 Clinical for Trauma, Medical & Spec. Considerations 2
  Term Total 2
THIRD TERM    
EMSP 222 Pediatrics and Geriatrics for the Paramedic 3
EMSP 223 Special Certifications for the Paramedic 3
EMSP 230 Critical Applications for Paramedicine 4
EMSP 240 Internship Final Evaluation Phase 1
  Term Total 11