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The Program (HEGIS Code 5299)
The primary goal of the JCC paramedic curriculum is to prepare an individual to become a competent entry-level paramedic. Upon successful completion of the program, the student has fulfilled the educational requirements to take the New York State Health Department paramedic-level practical and written examinations.
The paramedic program is an intense program that prepares students to handle the rigors of providing emergency medical care, sometimes in the face of extreme conditions. The JCC paramedic program is designed to prepare the student by providing insightful lectures, practical laboratory sessions, and practical clinical experiences. The student should be prepared to spend several hours each week on class work, studying, and clinical rotations. The program is both intense and rewarding for individuals with the desire to practice pre-hospital emergency medicine.
Paramedics possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes consistent with the expectations of the public and the profession. Paramedics are recognized as an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as linkages among health resources.
Students graduating from the Paramedic program with an A.A.S. degree will:
- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Understand human body systems and pathophysiology.
- Deliver patient care, including patient assessment and the development and implementation of treatment plans.
- Exercise appropriate clinical decision-making and professional behavior.
- Understand the roles and responsibilities in the emergency medical services systems.
Paramedics have fulfilled prescribed requirements by a credentialing agency to practice 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. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting.
Paramedics strive to maintain high quality and reasonable cost health care by delivering patients directly to appropriate facilities. As an advocate for patients, paramedics seek to be proactive in affecting long term health care by working in conjunction with other provider agencies, networks, and organizations. The emerging roles and responsibilities of the paramedic include public education, health promotion, and participation in injury and illness prevention programs. As the scope of service continues to expand, the paramedic will function as a facilitator of access to care, as well as an initial treatment provider.
Paramedics are responsible and accountable to medical direction, the public, and their peers. Paramedics recognize the importance of research and actively participate in the design, development, evaluation, and publication of research. Paramedics seek to take part in life-long professional development, peer evaluation, and assume an active role in professional and community organizations.
Earnings for the paramedic ranges from $20,180 to $53,330, depending on the employment setting, geographic location, and the individual training and experience (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012).
Employment is expected to grow rapidly as paid Emergency Medical Service positions replace unpaid volunteers. In addition to job growth, openings will occur because of replacement needs. Most opportunities for paramedics are expected to arise in hospitals and ambulance services.
Note: JCC's paramedic program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), therefore students are not eligible for National Registry certification.
As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Jefferson has partnered with some selected academic institutions to develop agreements that help students transfer smoothly. These agreements assist students with selecting courses in their academic program that will transfer effectively to specific baccalaureate programs:
SUNY Canton, Health Services Management: Health Services, B.T.
Franklin University, Public Safety Management, B.S.
Applicants for admission to the paramedic curriculum must meet the admission standards of JCC and New York State Department of Health. All applications will be considered competitively. Students planning to enter the paramedic program must have a current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and a valid cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card. These certifications must remain valid throughout the program. An applicant must also be a high school graduate or have a GED. Students planning to enter the paramedic program need to meet minimum competencies in reading English and mathematics. Although not required, having had courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and biology are helpful. The program is two academic years in length.
Any student who has applied for the paramedic program will be considered for the next scheduled class start. All classes start in the fall semester.
Advanced Standing Policy
Jefferson Community College recognizes that a standard curriculum for Paramedic education is required by the New York State Department of Health (National Educational Standards). Thus, in compliance with New York State Department of Health guidelines and sound academic practices, credit for prior learning will be granted to New York State Certified EMS providers as follows:
NYS Certified Paramedics
Students applying to the Paramedic A.A.S. degree program who are current NYS Certified Paramedics will be granted credit for equivalent course work. After providing appropriate documentation (a copy of valid NYS Paramedic card and an official letter mailed directly from the NYS DOH to Jefferson Community College), the student will receive credit for EMS 150 (7.0 credits), EMS 170 (8.5 credits), EMS 250 (11 credits), EMS 270 (8.5 credits), and EMS 275 (1 credit), for a total of 36 credits.
Paramedics certified in another state, or by the National Registry, will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Individuals should contact the Paramedic Program Director for direction.
NYS Certified Emergency Medical Technicians
Students applying to the Paramedic Degree program who are current NYS Certified Emergency Medical Technician will be granted credit for equivalent course work. After providing appropriate documentation (a copy of valid card and an official letter mailed directly from the NYS DOH or National Registry of EMTs to Jefferson Community College), the student will receive credit for EMS 121 (8.5 credits), to be applied towards required free elective coursework.
*Course Title Changes, effective spring 2013
** BIO 106 recommended
Students must meet the College’s residency requirement cited in the College Catalog and on its website.
Jeannine Gomiela, Assistant Professor, Paramedic Program Coordinator
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