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Emergency Medical Services



Save Lives for a Living 
 
At Broward College, you will find the education and training you need to meet the demands and enjoy the rewards of a career in the EMS field. Three programs are available for EMTs, paramedics and those pursuing an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Services: 
 
 
Read about our programs, browse the class schedule and apply to one of Broward College’s EMS programs today.
 
Classroom Experience
Emergency Medical Service personnel are highly trained health care professionals who administer immediate care to those suffering medical or traumatic injuries that occur in and out of the hospital setting. Due to the unique nature of EMS, a different kind of classroom setting is required. Much of what you will learn involves: 
 
  • Hands-on clinical instruction in local hospitals
  • Field training on ambulances with EMS professionals in Broward County
  • In-depth science labs that prepare you for the challenges of being on the field
For more information about our EMT, paramedic or EMS programs, including admissions information, prerequisites and course schedules, browse through the Program Sheets below.
 
 
 
Career Path
The job outlook for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow at a much faster pace than average, with a 33 percent increase in career opportunities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
 
 
Upon completing your certification or associate’s degree, your primary responsibilities will include:
 
  • Taking vital signs
  • Examining patients
  • Obtaining medical histories
  • Providing basic life support and emergency medical care to stabilize a patient's condition
 
Our graduates are heavily recruited for positions throughout Florida and they find career opportunities in a variety of areas, such as:
 
  • Fire departments
  • Industrial settings
  • Primary care clinics
  • Fire-rescue agencies
  • Private ambulance companies
  • Aero-medical transport agencies
  • Public safety/police departments
  • Hospital emergency/trauma departments
 
The National Registry of EMTs can be a valuable site to search for EMS job postings and news. You can also browse jobs through Broward College’s Career Center. 
 
See EMT jobs now.
 
Expanding your education provides a great opportunity to keep your career moving. Paramedic students are strongly encouraged to complete the Associate of Science Degree in EMS. 
Paramedics who graduate from Broward College with a degree are automatically admitted to any Florida public university. This can lead to completion of a bachelor’s degree, nursing school, physician assistance school, law school or even medical school. Many paramedics go on to graduate school to learn more about educational theory, management and risk mitigation.
Is This Program Right for Me?
Where the first class of paramedics completed their training in six weeks, today’s paramedics spend two years in training. 
 
EMTs and paramedics are the eyes and ears of the medical community. Being a paramedic is less about dramatic resuscitations and more about being: 
  • Resourceful
  • A critical thinker
  • A problem solver
  • Driven to constantly improve clinical skills

As a student in our programs, and later as a professional working in the field, you'll encounter a number of tasks, skills and personal qualities vital to success, including:
 
  • Lifting and carrying patients
  • Having a good driving record
  • Working quickly under pressure
  • Being able to work in a team environment
  • Possessing above-average hand and finger dexterity
  • Seeing, hearing and evaluating details relevant to a patient’s condition
  • Maintaining emotional stability when treating people who may be critically injured or in a state of shock
Accreditation
Broward College is accredited the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate’s degrees.  
 

The Broward College Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Technical Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street

Clearwater, Fl. 33756

727-210-2350

www.caahep.org


To contact CoAEMSP:

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312

Rowlett, Texas 75088

214-703-8445

Fax 214-703-8992

www.coaemsp.org

Faculty
The faculty at Broward College’s EMS program represents the best, brightest and most talented paramedics, nurses and physicians in our region. Program faculty serve as lecturers, lab instructors, clinical preceptors and mentors to paramedic students during their time at Broward College. Additionally, Broward College EMS program faculty include virtually every fire, EMS and police agency in this region. This adds incredible depth to the learning experience of our students as they learn from the best of the best.
Courses
The EMS program has several milestones and is designed for students to be able to earn an Associate of Science degree in EMS in six semesters. 
 
  • Milestone #1 is EMT certification with the State of Florida. State certification at the EMT level is a requirement for Paramedic training. 
  • Milestone #2 is state certification at the Paramedic level. 
  • Milestone #3 is completion of the Associate of Science Degree in EMS.
 
All courses are taught at BC’s Central Campus in Davie.
 
For Alumni
If you graduated from the EMS program, or if you acquired your certificate in EMT or paramedic training, we want to hear from you. We encourage former alumni to remain involved in the program by mentoring current students during clinical and field experiences.  EMS alumni bring both knowledge and experience that can be invaluable to current students. Contact Phillip Bachers for mentoring opportunities.
 
For additional alumni news and benefits, join the Alumni & Friends Association today.
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