Paramedic Certificate

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.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Paramedic program with a certificate will:                                                   

  • 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.

Outcomes for the New York State Paramedic Certification Exams:

The following are pass rates for students taking the NYS Paramedic Certification Exam:

  • 2013 – 63%
  • 2014 – 60%
  • 2015 – 88%

Career Opportunities

Employment of paramedics is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). Much of this growth will occur as positions change from volunteer to paid positions. Also driving the growth will be an expanding population, particularly in older age groups that are the greatest users of emergency medical services, and due to replacement needs in the profession. Most opportunities for paramedics are expected to arise in hospitals and ambulance services.

Those with the advanced certification of paramedic will enjoy the most favorable job prospects as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.

Of the EMT classifications, paramedics provide the most extensive pre - hospital care. Paramedics are trained to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. They have the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies. Paramedics also administer intravenous fluids, use manual defibrillators, apply advanced airway techniques and equipment, administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.

Note:  The Jefferson Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

Applicants for Admission

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.

Paramedic Program Readmission Procedure

  • If admissions requirements have changed, students must meet new admission requirements
  • If it  is less than 12 months since student has been in the program, the student shall submit a personal statement and updated copies of EMT and CPR cards
  • If student has been out of the program greater than 12 months, the student shall submit a new complete application
  • Applications for readmission should be submitted at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester for which the student seeks readmission
  • Readmission applications will be reviewed by the paramedic program director, in consultation with the program medical director.
  • Readmission students will be given the same consideration as first time admitted students.
  • There are no restrictions on  the number of times a student may be readmitted to the paramedic program


Certificate Requirements (Effective Spring 2015) Credit Hours
Requirements (36 Credit Hours)  
EMS 150: EMT - Critical Care 1* 7
EMS 170: EMT - Critical Care 2* 8.5
EMS 250: Paramedic 1    11
EMS 270: Paramedic 2 8.5
EMS 275: Paramedic Field Summative Evaluation 1
 * Course Title Changes, effective spring 2013
     - Previous Title - EMS 150: Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate
     - Previous Title - EMS 170: Emergency Medical Technician - Critical Care

For More Information

Jeannine Gomiela, Assistant Professor, Paramedic Program Coordinator

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522