Paramedic - Indian River State College
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Paramedic

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Program Goal

The goal of the Paramedic program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Paramedics administer advanced life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings. They assess the nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures and perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures.

Once You Complete the Program

Paramedics with a degree in Emergency Medical Services often obtain leadership and management positions. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians paramedic certification exam (NRP). Upon successful completion of this exam, graduates will be awarded the NRP credential and are eligible to apply for licensure with the State of Florida.

Getting Started

The Paramedic program is a selective-admissions program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Paramedic Application Book.

For more information, contact:
John Bray
jbray@irsc.edu

Paramedic Program Information Sessions

Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:

Applying to the Paramedic Program

The application for the Fall 2022 program will be available after January 3, 2022.

Prior to beginning the application process:

  1. Read the Paramedic Application Booklet.
  2. Complete and submit the IRSC Health Science Application for the Paramedic program ($30 fee; keep a copy of your receipt.)

Begin Application

Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number or emails), submit the changes through MyPioneerPortal and to the Health Science Division at 772-462-7550.

Accreditation

The Paramedic program of Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 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
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
Fax: 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Additional Program Information

HOSA

This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team. Learn more.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Emergency Medical Services

Due to House Bill 1507, admission criteria can be affected. This bill has a possibility to change admission requirements for 2022 and beyond based on the Florida Department of Education rule development.  For more information on House Bill 1507, visit https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/1507.

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Emergency Medical Services A.S.

Gain management and technical skills in many high-demand career fields, with the option to continue toward a Bachelor’s Degree at IRSC.

Technical (College Credit) Certificate

Earn valuable Technical (College Credit) Certificates at the same time you’re completing an A.S. Degree—get double the value and additional credentials by completing these blocks of courses.

Career Coach Employment Outlook

Wage and employment data for the example careers that follow is provided by Career Coach (powered by EMSI). EMSI uses data, reports and forecasts that are generated using government data sources and proprietary analytical processes. Educational requirements vary by career.
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