Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (Certificate)

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The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certificate program was designed for incoming students who already have a current NYS EMT card and have one year of EMT experience.

Paramedics interact with critically ill and injured patients and administer medication for emergencies ranging from heart attacks to emergency childbirths.

Upon completion of the certificate's 15-course series, students will be eligible to sit for state and national examinations.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

NOTE: Those applying to this program need to complete a supplemental application in addition to the main application for admission.

This program is offered by the Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.
  • Students spend time in area hospitals and on paramedic units in the field. View more information on clinical rotations.
  • Courses are taught in dedicated facilities located at 400 Jordan Road in the Rensselaer Technology Park.
  • The program can be completed in one year for day students and two years for evening students.
  • Graduates from the program are well prepared for the New York State written certification exam:
      3-year review
    5-year review
    NYS Paramedic Written Exam Pass Rate 97.3% 98.5%
    NYS Paramedic Practical Skills Exam Pass Rate 100% 100%
    Program Retention Rate (includes non-academic attrition) 67.6% 75.3

Evening Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

The program is specifically designed to prepare students for a career as a paramedic. Job placement has always been very high, with near 100 percent placement of graduates. Most professional firefighters in the region also must obtain EMT-P.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015), job growth in this field should be much higher than average over the next 10 years, with 24 percent growth from 2014 to 2024.

Recent employers have included: Albany City Fire Department; Albany County Sheriff's Department; Bennington Rescue Squad; Clifton Park-Halfmoon Emergency Corps; Glens Falls Fire Department; GAVAC Ambulance; Malta Ambulance; Mohawk Ambulance Service; Schenectady Fire Department; Town of Colonie EMS; Troy Fire Department; Rotterdam EMS; Wilton EMS.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015) noted that median salary for this profession is $31,980. This, however, includes basic EMT and paramedic salaries. In the Capital Region, the median salary (as of 2016) is approximately $40,000 for those employed as a paramedic.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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Program Goal

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.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Patricia Hyland
Department Chair
Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor)
(518) 629-7454

Robert Philip
Coordinator of the Paramedic Program
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor)
(518) 629-7454

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309