Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic


Two EMT students practice securing medical monitoring devices to a third student's arm. The volunteer patient is lying on his side as though injured.

Gain essential skills and training to help people with urgent medical needs. Prepare for the NYS Paramedic Certification exams with our comprehensive hands-on curriculum and required field work.

Certificate Program Overview

Our EMT - Paramedic certificate program provides the essential training EMTs need to become certified paramedics in New York. This 32-credit program delivers highly focused emergency medical training through lecture, labs, clinical experiences, and ambulance ride time. The curriculum and objectives of our courses follow the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards for Paramedics.

Comprehensive Clinical and Field Experiences

Acquire valuable real-life experience responding to emergency situations through 180 hours of clinical experience in hospitals and an additional 300 hours of field experience in ambulances. Learn to work in emergency departments, operating rooms, intensive care units, psychiatric treatment units, delivery rooms, and other specialized care units.

Clinical experience at hospitals:

  • Shadow RNs and MDs
  • Practice advanced airway skills
  • Coordinate 911 dispatch
  • Administer IVs and medications
  • Communicate with patients

Field experience in ambulances:

  • Demonstrate basic life supports skills
  • Strengthen advanced patient assessment skills
  • Administer IVs and medications
  • Monitor cardiac rhythms and EKGs
  • Complete 20 team lead calls

By the end of the program, you will be proficient in both life support and patient assessment. Our clinical and field experiences prepare you to serve as a team leader capable of running an emergency call from start to finish.

Hands-on Learning at the Geneva Campus Center

FLCC offers the majority of its Emergency Medical Services (EMCR) courses at the Geneva Campus Center, where we have two fully equipped EMS labs. These hands-on learning facilities feature:

  • Industry-standard ambulance equipment
  • Simulation labs for skills practice
  • High-fidelity simulation mannequin
  • Moulage used to accurately show injuries

Certificate Program Outcomes

New York State Paramedic Exam Pass Rate

As a graduate of this program, you will be ready to take the New York State Paramedic Certification exam. Our EMT - Paramedic degree and certificate programs have pass rates that are consistently above state average, and we maintain an employment placement rate of over 90%.

Earn Emergency Care Certifications

You will acquire a series of American Heart Association (AHA) certifications and other emergency care work credentials. These include:

  • AHA Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Difficult Airway Course
  • Trauma Life Support

Regional Employment Opportunities

This program trains you for a career as a paramedic. Program graduates work for a variety of local healthcare facilities, including:

Hospitals and Clinics:

  • Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic
  • Geneva General Hospital
  • Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
  • Rochester Regional Health
  • Strong Memorial Hospital

Ambulance Agencies:

  • American Medical Response — Rochester
  • Finger Lakes Ambulance
  • Monroe Ambulance
  • Ontario Ambulance
  • Victor-Farmington Ambulance

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. Over 75% of FLCC students receive financial awards that reduce the cost of college — or cover it completely!

Many hospitals and ambulance service agencies provide tuition reimbursement to EMTs who complete paramedic training. If you're already working as an EMT, ask your employer if this is an option for you.

Experienced EMT Faculty Certified by NYS

All faculty members in the program are professional EMT instructors certified by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Together, the instructional team has an extensive amount of real-world experience to share with you.

Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosures:
SUNY's academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed New York State requirements. Other states may have their own requirements. If your goal is to practice in another state, please review that state's requirements. View professional licensure disclosures.

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