Emergency Medical Services
Application for Allied Health Programs
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People's lives often depend on their quick and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is designed to provide the student with theory, practical demonstration, lab practice, and clinical experiences for three specific levels: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), and Paramedic. All of the instructors are licensed paramedics with academic degrees and years of field experience. In addition, the program employs a licensed physician to serve as medical director. The medical director is present for many classes and labs to review educational content.
EMT students can receive their certification after one semester and go to work. After completion of the EMT certificate, students can continue work for an additional semester to earn an AEMT certificate. The Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic requires five semesters along with pre-requisite and co-requisite courses. With classes meeting only two nights per week, students are able to work and go to school. In addition, some courses are taught in blocks. One subject is mastered prior to moving on to additional topics.
Salary and Job Outlook
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-2017, the median wage in May 2016 for EMTS and paramedics was $32,670. Job opportunities for individuals in this field are expected to grow 24% through 2024.
The Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Program at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Commission on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Paramedic Student Outcomes