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Emergency Medical Services Technology Associate in Science Degree (EMT and Paramedic Certificate)
Set Yourself Up for a Great Career
Emergency Medical Services Technology (EMS) is “people
• Emergency Medical Technician • Emergency Services Manager
helping people” through some of the most advanced medical techniques available today. Considered one of the most
progressive programs available in Florida, Valencia’s Emergency
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Medical Services Technology program offers advanced training in out-of-hospital emergency medicine and prepares students for
State Board certification as emergency medical technicians and
Health Sciences Career Program Advisor West Campus: 407-582-1288
paramedics. EMT’s and paramedics assess injuries, administer advanced emergency medical care and transport injured or ill
For more information, visit our Web site at: valenciacollege.edu/west/health
persons to medical facilities. Valencia's program teaches theory, clinical applications, and provides hands-on field internships to
Typical Tasks May Include…
assure that students gain the skills necessary to offer the most
• responding to medical emergencies and determining the nature of the injury
extensive emergency life support services available. If you are good at making split second decisions and staying calm in a crisis,
• administering basic and advanced life support including cardiac, medical, trauma, pediatric, obstetric, and psychiatric illnesses
then this may be the career for you. • transporting persons to medical facilities
For a Jump Start on Your Career…
Take the fast track to reaching your career goals with one of our programs below. These programs are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for immediate employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. They can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in these programs can be applied towards the A.S. degree.
Graduates from the Emergency Medical Services program work for hospitals, private ambulance services, and municipal fire, police, or rescue squad departments. Opportunities are also available in private industries like Walt Disney World and Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. military.
• EMT-Applied Technology Diploma (11 credits) • Paramedic Technology (42 credits)
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Drafting andMedical Emergency Design Services Technology Technology Emergency Medical Services Technology
EMT Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)
Associate in Science Degree
* Prior to beginning the program, students must document the following: • Current criminal background check, and if also required, finger-printing • Drug testing • Physical exam forms • Records with up to date immunization data • Attend mandatory orientation
EMT (Emergency Medical Technology) Applied Technology Diploma Limited-Access
Paramedic Technology Technical Certificate This program adheres to all current standards and regulations established by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the State of Florida Department of Health/Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession. The EMS degree program is designed for students who desire a career in out-of-hospital emergency medicine. The program will prepare the student for state board certification or national registry as an emergency medical technician and a paramedic. Through a comprehensive program consisting of theory, clinical and field internship, the student will develop skills for assuming the role of basic and advanced life support provider. Students must successfully complete the state board certification for Emergency Medical Technician before admission to the Paramedic Certificate Program. Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) diploma and Paramedic Certificate students are encouraged to continue their studies for the A.S. degree. To earn the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) degree, a student must complete the EMT diploma and the Paramedic Certificate as well as the general education and elective component. General admission procedures for this program are found in the Admissions section of this catalog. The Division of Allied Health provides information about specific admission criteria. Estimated program expenses are given in the Financial section of this catalog. The EMT Applied Technology Diploma requires scores in reading, writing, and math components on the PERT test or equivalent scores on other state approved entry test (CPT) for a minimum admission requirement for REA 0017C, ENC 0025C, MAT 0028C, or EAP 16020C, EAP 1640C and MAT 0028C. The Paramedic Certificate is a limited-access program. Admission to Valencia does not imply acceptance to the Paramedic Certificate Program; students must apply and be accepted into the program. Florida-certified paramedics who have completed a Floridaapproved paramedic program will receive, through transfer, applicable credits for Valencia’s Paramedic Certificate program. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses to meet prerequisite and graduation requirements. Any student admitted to the EMS program who fails or withdraws from any two EMS courses (can be the same course or two different courses) must petition the Health Sciences EMS Program Committee for re-evaluation and readmission. Students will be allowed to petition no more than one time. Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Health Sciences advisor for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.
Program Outcomes: • Perform entry level skills as described by the scope of practice for EMT. • Perform eﬀective communication in the pre-hospital healthcare environment. • Structure a safe environment for patients in the pre-hospital setting. • Practice professional behaviors in the pre-hospital healthcare setting. • Execute safe clinical decision making in the pre-hospital environment. Course
+ EMS 1119 + EMS 1119L + EMS 1431
Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Technology 1 Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Technology Practice 1 Emergency Medical Technician Clinical Practicum Total Credits
8 2 1 11
Paramedic Technology Certificate * Prior to beginning the program, students must document the following: • Current criminal background check, and if also required, finger-printing • Drug testing • Physical exam forms • Records with up to date immunization data • Attend mandatory orientation Admission requirements for the Paramedic Technology Certificate are: • Review the general admission requirements for Health Sciences programs in the Admissions section of this catalog. • Submit a completed Valencia College Application for Admission and be in Active Student Status. • Submit verification of completion of an equivalent 11 credits EMT certification program from a regionally accredited school. • Submit a verification of current Florida EMT license. • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.0 (including transfer work). • Submit the completed Valencia Paramedic program application with the applictation fee by the deadline. Program Outcomes: • Perform entry level skills as described by the scope of practice for Paramedic. • Perform eﬀective communication in the pre-hospital healthcare environment. • Structure a safe environment for patients in the pre-hospital setting. • Practice professional behaviors in the pre-hospital healthcare setting. • Execute safe clinical decision making in the pre-hospital environment. Prerequisites for Admission: Course
+* BSC 1084
Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus. + This course must be completed with a grade of C or better. * This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.
Essentials of Human Structure and Function
Drafting andMedical Emergency Design Services Technology Technology Term 1 Course
+* EMS 2603 + EMS 2603L + EMS 2666C
Paramedic I Paramedic I Laboratory Paramedic I Clinical Total Credits
6 2 4 12
Term 2 Course
+* EMS 2604 + EMS 2604L + EMS 2667C
Paramedic II Paramedic II Laboratory Paramedic II Clinical Total Credits
8 2 4 14
Term 3 +* + + +*
EMS 2605 EMS 2605L EMS 2668C EMS 2659
Paramedic III Paramedic III Laboratory Paramedic III Clinical Paramedic IV (Provisional Field Internship) Total Credits Total Credits
5 1 3 4 13 42
Satisfy the college entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed.
General Education and Elective Component Program Outcomes: • Perform entry level skills as described by the scope of practice for Paramedic. • Perform eﬀective communication in the pre-hospital healthcare environment. • Structure a safe environment for patients in the pre-hospital setting. • Practice professional behaviors in the pre-hospital healthcare setting. • Execute safe clinical decision making in the pre-hospital environment • Manage the plan of care for patient’s in the pre-hospital healthcare environment. Course
ENC 1101 Humanities POS 2041 PSY 1012 SPC 1608 Science or +* Mathematics +
Course needed for State EMT Certification.
BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C may be substituted for BSC 1084.
EMT courses and Paramedic courses are offered on the Osceola and West Campuses.
Associate in Science Degree
+* + + + +
General education courses are in bold print in the course listing.
Emergency Medical Services Technology •
NOTES: All accepted applicants are required to submit applications through Valencia for a criminal background check and drug testing. Applicants for Valencia’s Health Sciences programs must be free of oﬀenses that would disqualify them from a student clinical experience in a healthcare setting and must have their civil rights intact. This policy is in response to requirements by clinical agencies and state/federal regulations.
Freshman Composition I See Gen. Ed. Requirement U.S. Government General Psychology Fundamentals of Speech
3 3 3 3 3
See Gen. Ed. Requirement Electives Total Credits EMT ATD Courses Paramedic Certificate Courses Total Degree Credits
3 2 20 11 42 73
Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus. + This course must be completed with a grade of C or better. * This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.
Several Florida public universities provide opportunities for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree. All of Valencia’s A.S. degrees will transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree oﬀered at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other universities. For more information on UCF’s B.A.S. degree, go to regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/program/applied-science. For other transfer options that may be available, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/tech.cfm. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree. For students who are interested in pursuing UCF’s B.A.S. degree, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will also have to fulﬁll the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of the same high school foreign language or two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.
Valencia College Program Guide for the Associate in Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services Technology and
Technical Certificate in Paramedic Technology The Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has three parts. The first part is the Applied Technology Diploma in EMT (which is explained in the Program Guide for Emergency Medical Technician â€“ EMT). The second part of the degree is the Technical Certificate in Paramedic Technology, and the third part consists of the General Education and Elective courses required for the degree. To earn this degree, all three parts must be completed. The EMT Diploma must be completed successfully as a major requirement for continuing to the limited access Paramedic Certificate; however, the General Education and Elective courses for the A.S. Degree can be completed at any time. For your official Valencia record, you may declare that you are seeking the Paramedic Certificate or the A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The Valencia Application for Admission serves as the application for the A.S. Degree in EMS while there is a specific program application with application deadline dates for the Paramedic Certificate. (As long as you remain in Active Student Status, you will submit only one Valencia Application for Admission for the EMT Diploma, the Paramedic Certificate and the A.S. in EMS.)
A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ADMISSION CRITERIA and CHECKLIST FOR 2011-12 Check http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health/admissionupdates.cfm for any admission updates. ______ 1.
Submit a completed Valencia Application for Admission via Valenciaâ€™s Web site www.valenciacollege.edu/admissions and pay the application fee; satisfy the requirements for DegreeSeeking Status, including submission of all official transcripts, and be in Active Student Status.
Satisfy the Valencia entry testing requirements.
Attend a Valencia New Student Orientation.
Satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed. Complete the EMT Diploma courses if you have not done so or continue taking the General Education courses required in the EMS Degree. The EMT courses will have to be completed prior to application to the Paramedic Certificate.
Technical Certificate in Paramedic Technology ADMISSION CRITERIA and CHECKLIST FOR 2011-12 Check http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health/admissionupdates.cfm for any admission updates. Application Deadlines: June 15, 2011 for Fall Term 2011 on West Campus October 15, 2011 for Spring Term 2012 on Osceola Campus Students are admitted to Valencia’s Paramedic Technology Program by a selective admission process. The Health Sciences Admission Committee selects a limited number of students twice a year. The admission requirements that must be satisfied prior to submitting an application to the Paramedic Technology Program are: ______ 1.
Review the general admission requirements for Health Sciences programs in the Admissions section of the Valencia Catalog.
Submit a completed Valencia Application for Admission via Valencia’s Web site www.valenciacollege.edu/admissions and pay the application fee; be in Active Student Status.
Submit verification of a current Florida EMT license.
Complete BSC 1084 Essentials of Human Structure and Function, the Prerequisite for Admission, with a minimum grade of C. For admission in 2011-12, BSC 1084 may be in progress at the time of application but must be completed with a minimum grade of C by the program start date. For admission in 2012-13, BSC 1084 must be completed with a minimum grade of C prior to submission of the application.
(To be competitive for admission, additional Science and General Education courses should be completed with high grades. See the point system that follows.) BSC2093C and BSC2094C may substitute for BSC 1084. If using BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C for admission in 2011-12, BSC 2094C may be in progress at the time of application and completed with a minimum grade of C by the program start date; for admission in 2012-13, BSC 2094C must be completed with a minimum grade of C prior to submission of the application.
Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.0 including transfer work.
Review the program information on the Valencia emergency Medical Services Technology Web site at www.valenciacollege.edu/health and review the Health Sciences Program Guidelines in this Program Guide.
After completing Numbers 1 – 6 and prior to the program application deadline, submit a completed Valencia Paramedic Technology Program application, pay the $15 non-refundable Health Sciences program application fee, and submit any required documentation. The application can be found at www.valenciacollege.edu/health.
The current estimated total cost for the Paramedic Program (42 credits) including tuition, special course fees, and associated expenses such as background check, immunizations, uniforms, and certifications is $5500. This total does not include the costs for books or for the EMT Program or for the 20 additional credits required for the A.S. Degree in EMS. (The estimated costs for the Paramedic Program will be less for the student who recently completed the EMT Program at Valencia and already has the required background check, drug testing, immunizations, etc.)
HEALTH SCIENCES PROGRAMS GUIDELINES for ALL LIMITED ACCESS PROGRAMS EXCEPT THE B.S. IN RADIOLOGIC AND IMAGING SCIENCES Valenciaâ€™s Health Sciences programs are offered through the Divisions of Allied Health and Nursing which provide information about specific admission criteria for the programs. The Health Sciences Program Guides, of which this is one, are developed for a specific academic year (August to July) and, as a rule, changes to admission and program requirements become effective at the start of an academic year; however, Valencia College reserves the right to make changes in admission and program requirements as circumstances require. If a mid-year change becomes necessary, it will be indicated in the information for the specific program on the Valencia Web site at http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health/admissionupdates.cfm. Most programs have an application deadline; some do not. If a program application deadline falls on Saturday, Sunday or a Valencia holiday, the deadline will become the following Valencia business day. Health Sciences program applications are available at www.valenciacollege.edu/health. To submit an application to a Health Sciences program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You may apply to a maximum of two limited access Health Sciences programs within a 12-month period; however, enrollment is limited to only one Health Sciences program in a term. A new program application is required if reapplying for admission. Having previously earned a college degree does not grant you an advantage in admission to a Health Sciences program that does not require a degree for admission nor does it exempt you from taking the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) if the TEAS is required for admission to the program. All communication from Valencia relative to program admission will be via your Atlas e-mail address. Written communication you initiate with Valencia staff should also be via your Atlas e-mail account and should include your full name and your Valencia ID number. BACKGROUND CHECK, DRUG TESTING, IMMUNIZATIONS AND CPR CERTIFICATION The Health Sciences programs include student clinical rotations in external affiliate health care facilities with which Valencia has contracts for student clinicals. The affiliatesâ€™ policies require that students serving in a clinical rotation have their civil rights intact and be free of specific offenses that would disqualify them for a student clinical. Thus, all students accepted to a Health Sciences program are required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing and provide documentation of specific immunizations and CPR certification following acceptance to a program; the timeframe for meeting these requirements will be provided in the Orientation materials. If you have a positive background check or drug testing, you may be denied enrollment in a Health Sciences program due to the inability to participate in a student clinical. If you have concerns regarding your background, you are encouraged to make contact with the Health Sciences Career Program Advisor. MANDATORY ORIENTATION The mandatory program Orientation for accepted students usually is held four to six weeks prior to the program start date. If accepted to a program, about two months prior to the start of the program, you will be notified via your Atlas e-mail of the mandatory Orientation program, requirements, and deadlines. The Orientation materials will give you the processes required to complete your background check and drug testing through a specific company, the immunizations and CPR you will need, your uniform requirements (if any) and other pertinent information. TRANSPORTATION TO CLINICAL SITES If accepted to a program, you will be responsible for furnishing transportation to the community and/or hospital facilities used by Valencia for clinical practice.
Valencia is an Equal Opportunity Institution.
The college-wide Health Science Admission Committee uses the following point system to GUIDE them in the selection of qualified students to be admitted to the Paramedic Technical Certificate Program.
2.50 – 2.85 2.86 – 3.00 3.01 – 3.20 3.21 – 3.40 3.41 – 3.50 3.51 – 3.60 3.61 – 3.70 3.71 – 3.80 3.81 – 3.90 3.91 - 4.00
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
COURSES THAT AWARD POINTS TOWARD ADMISSION TO THE PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE For admission in 2011-12, BSC 1084 may be in progress at the time of program application but must be completed with a minimum grade of C by the program start date. (For admission in 2012-13, BSC 1084 must be completed with a minimum grade of C by the program application deadline.) BSC 1084
Essentials of Human Structure and Functions Or Both
** BSC2093C ** BSC2094C
Human Anatomy & Physiology I Human Anatomy & Physiology II
A=10 pts, A=10 pts,
B=8 pts, B=8 pts,
C=6 pts C=6 pts
Courses below are required for the AS Degree in EMS and will result in more points toward admission to the Paramedic Program if completed with a minimum grade of C prior to the Paramedic application deadline. ENC 1101 SPC 1608 POS 1041 PSY 1012 Humanities Math or Science Elective
Freshman Composition I Fundamentals of Speech U.S. Government General Psychology Any course that meet the Gen Ed Humanities requirement Any course that meets the Gen Ed Math or Science requirement (points not given twice for same science course) 2 Elective Credit Hours Completed with a “C” or better.
A=3 pts, A=3 pts, A=3 pts, A=3 pts, A=3 pts, A=3 pts,
B=2 pts, B=2 pts, B=2 pts, B=2 pts, B=2 pts, B=2 pts,
C=1 pt C=1 pt C=1 pt C=1 pt C=1 pt C=1 pt
**BSC2093C and BSC2094C may substitute for BSC 1084 and will satisfy the requirements for two Elective credits and for three credits in General Education Science or Math. If using BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C for admission in 2011-12, BSC 2094C may be in progress at time of program application and completed with a minimum grade of C by the program start date; for admission in 2012-13, BSC 2094C must be completed with a minimum grade of C by the program application deadline. WORK EXPERIENCE Points may be earned for ONLY ONE of the following and documentation must be submitted. EMT Work Experience EMT Work Experience
Applicants with a minimum of 1 year work experience as an EMT with documentation from employer Applicants with a minimum of 6 months work experience as an EMT with documentation from employer
20 pts 10 pts
Total Points: _______ Total Possible Points: 80 Student selection is not based solely on the number of points earned. In the case of tie votes, overall GPA, grades in specific required courses, and the Health Sciences entrance test score will be given in-depth consideration.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE EMT DIPLOMA, THE PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE AND THE A.S. DEGREE IN EMS
Applied Technology Diploma in Emergency Medical Technology
Technical Certificate in Paramedic Technology
Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Emergency Medical Services
The Applied Technology Diploma in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) is a complete program and also can be the first part of the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which has three parts. The second part of the degree is the Technical Certificate in Paramedic Technology, and the third part consists of the General Education and Elective courses required for the degree. To earn this degree, all three parts must be completed. The EMT Diploma must be completed successfully as a major requirement for continuing to the limited access Paramedic Certificate; however, the General Education and Elective courses for the A.S. Degree can be completed at any time. The Paramedic Certificate is 42 credits beyond the EMT Diploma. It begins on West Campus each Fall Term (August) and on the Osceola Campus each Spring Term (January). The Paramedic Program is limited access which means more students want to be in the program than there are seats, and students are selected for the program by the Health Sciences Admission Committee. To apply to the Paramedic Program, you will need to hold a current Florida EMT license and meet the other program admission requirements. More information about the Paramedic Technology Certificate and the admission requirements can be found in the Program Guide for Emergency Medical Services at: www.valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/health. The A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Services requires 20 credits in addition to the EMT and Paramedic coursework. When you indicate for your official Valencia record, either on your Valencia Application for Admission or in a campus Answer Center, that you are seeking the A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Services, you will be required to satisfy entry testing requirements, attend New Student Orientation, and complete satisfactorily all mandated courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed. More information about the A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Services can be found at www.valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/health. Following is some information relative to the differences in declaring your program as the EMT Diploma, the Paramedic Certificate or the A.S. Degree in EMS: EMT
Must complete entry testing in reading, English, and math and be eligible for the highest level level of college-preparatory courses in reading, English and math Cannot receive financial aid if EMT is declared program in your official Valencia record
Will be entered as â€œPending Paramedicâ€? until actually accepted to the Paramedic Program Not required to complete entry testing in reading, English and math Paramedic Program is eligible for financial aid
Must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed A.S. in EMS is eligible for financial aid
CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION AND PROGRESSION INDIVIDUALS WITH A DISABILITY:
For the purpose of the Emergency Medical Services Program, a “qualified individual with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodations or modifications, meets the essential eligibility requirements for participation in the program." The Division of Allied Health at Valencia makes no preadmission inquiries concerning an applicant’s disability status. Information related to an applicant’s disabilities is not a part of the information reviewed by the Admission Committee. Emergency Medical Services is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. Based on these requirements the following list of "Core Performance Standards" has been developed. Each standard has an example of an activity or activities, which a student will be required to perform while enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services Program. These standards are a part of the Emergency Medical Services courses and of the role expectation of a Emergency Medical Services professional. These Performance Standards should be used to assist students in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary for the student to meet program requirements. A student who identifies potential difficulties with meeting the Performance Standards should communicate his/her concerns to an advisor in the Office for Students with Disabilities. The student has the responsibility to identify and document the disability and to request reasonable and appropriate adjustments. Determination is made on an individual basis as to whether any accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made. Issue
Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive) ____________________________________
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical judgment situations. Develop patient treatment plans Interpersonal
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds Explain treatment procedures, initiate health Communication Communication abilities sufficient for inter- teaching, document and interpret treatment strategies action with others in verbal and written form and patient/client responses Mobility
Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces, and navigate stairwells
Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective emergency care
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs
Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in emergency care
Moves around in patient's rooms, homes, ambulances, work spaces, and treatment areas, administer medications, lift a minimum of 100 pounds Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help Observes patient/client responses
Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment
Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g., insertions of a intravenous catheter