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.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- 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.
The clinical portion of the program is broken down into four components. EMSP 201 Clinical for Airway and Assessment is the introductory clinical course, which takes place in the emergency departments and operating rooms. EMSP 221 Clinical for Medical and Special Considerations takes place in various units throughout the hospital, ranging from the emergency department to pediatrics and obstetrics.
EMSP 230, Critical Applications in Paramedicine allows the student to gain experience and practice procedures learned in the classroom and hospital setting in a controlled simulation setting with both live simulated patients and high-fidelity mannequins.
Field internship time is completed in EMSP 240, Final Evaluation Phase. This is the culmination of the program. During this phase, the student is evaluated and expected to perform as an entry-level paramedic.
- 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:
- New York State written certification exam results, three-year (2013-2015) average – 97.3% pass rate
- New York State written certification exam results, five-year (2011-2015) average – 98.48% pass rate
Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.
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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To prepare competent entry-level EMT-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor)
Coordinator of the Paramedic Program
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor)
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223