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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: 

 

Emergency Medical Technician Applied Technology Diploma: A one-semester program that takes 16 weeks to complete, and provides basic training in life support skills for entry-level EMS employment.

Paramedic Technical Certificate: A four-semester advanced training program for EMS positions with high levels of responsibility and extensive care.​

Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services: A six-semester program that includes EMT and paramedic certification and credits, in addition to leadership development for career advancement.

 

NEW COURSE! 

EMS1000 Introduction to EMS:

A one credit course that is open to any student without prerequisites. Learn about the role, responsibility, and critical duties of an Emergency Medical Technician. The course will also highlight the required math, reading, study skills, baic anatomy, and medical terminology necessary for EMS as a career.



 

 


 

 EMS Information Sessions

Prospective students may call 954-201-6920 to confirm the date, time, and location for the next session.

We would love for you to visit our facility and attend one of our upcoming free face to face group information sessions. Pre-registration is not required.

FACE to FACE Information Sessions:

North Campus--Building 41, Room 154

  • Monday, May 21, 2018, 8-9 p.m.
  • Friday, June 22, 2018, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 30, 2018, 8-9 p.m.

Central Campus--Building 8, Room 228

  • Friday, May 11, 2018, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

If you are unable to attend a face to face session, we offer an alternative Virtual Online Information Session that may be more convenient for you. Sign up deadline is 24 hours prior to each session at which time the Skype meeting link will be emailed to each participant.

VIRTUAL Information Sessions:

  • Friday, June 1, 2018, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 27, 2018, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Sign up for a Virtual Information Session

 
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 in the field
 
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
What are my scheduling options for taking this program?

​This EMT program is offered on either Central or North Campus in the day or in the evening. This Paramedic Certificate Program is offered either in the day or evening. The first two semesters are offered on North Campus and the last two semesters are offered on Central Campus.

How long is the EMS program?

The EMT certification course is one semester long (11 credit hours). The Paramedic Certificate is four semesters in length (42 credit hours). The total time to complete the EMS Associate’s Degree program is six semesters (73 credit hours).

How long is a semester?

Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks in length. During the Summer semester, it is only 12 weeks in length, but the content you are taking is the same as-if it was the longer 16 week semester. Therefore Summer class sessions are longer in duration. The total amount of time in each class is the same number of hours whether you attend in the Fall/Spring or in the Summer.

Accreditation
Broward College is accredited the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate’s degrees. 

To contact SACS: 
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
404-679-4500
 

The Broward College Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Technical Certificate and AS Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 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

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

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.
Career Path
The job outlook for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow at a much faster pace than average, with a 22 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
 
Visit the Florida Department of Health's website for EMT and Paramedic licensing applications.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Courses are offered at both Central Campus in Davie as well as North Campus in Coconut Creek.
 
What is the approximate cost of the program - including tuition, books, uniforms, etc?

The estimated total cost of the:

  • EMT Technician Applied Technology Diploma for Florida residents including tuition, special course fees, books, uniforms, and other fees (e.g., insurance, background checks, drug screening, health physical) is $2000*​​. For out-of-state applicants, the estimated total cost is $5,000*.
  • Paramedic Technical Certificate for Florida residents including tuition, special course fees, books, uniforms, and other fees (e.g., insurance, background checks, drug screening, health physical) is $7000*​​. For out-of-state applicants, the estimated total cost is $16,000*.
  • Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services for Florida residents including tuition, special course fees, books, uniforms, and other fees (e.g., insurance, background checks, drug screening, health physical) is $10,000*​​. For out-of-state applicants, the estimated total cost is $30,000*.

* The cost listed above is a current estimate and is subject to change without notice. 

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Mission Statement

​The primary mission of the Broward College Paramedic Program is to provide competent, culturally sensitive, skilled Paramedics who were exposed to a strong educational foundation inclusive of cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains. Our goal is to provide graduates that offer the highest quality of pre-hospital emergency medical care. Through our partnerships within the community, we are the leading EMS program in Broward County.

Program Goals

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Both the institutional and program goals focus on the preparation of the student for employment, the preparation of the student for higher level education, providing learning opportunities for the student and the overall success of the student.   

  • Prepare knowledgeable and skilled students who possess the critical thinking and problem solving abilities to sustain the professional, moral and ethical obligations associated with being a member of the Paramedic team.
  • Prepare students to successfully complete both the Florida Department of Health Paramedic Certification Examination and National Registry Examination.
  • Organize and maintain an advisory committee, which consists of persons actively practicing or supporting the Paramedic profession.
  • Apply the process of care for emergency management to a diverse patient population using the most current theory and technology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe and effective patient care by adherence to the National EMS Curriculum and Standards.
  • Ensure students receive accurate information, guidance and advisement to obtain optimal direction for their educational pursuit in the Paramedic profession.

Technical Performance Standards

The professional level of a Paramedic requires highly skilled and competent individuals who function as integral members of the health care team. The Paramedic must acquire and maintain specialized technical skills and medical knowledge to render quality patient care. The activities listed below are examples of the type of activities in which a student in the Paramedic program will be required to perform in order to successfully complete the program.

  1. Motor Skills: Demonstrate a high degree of manual dexterity and the ability to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general treatment and emergency care to patients/clients; must be able to life large weights (50 lbs) without assistance; the ability to maneuver with mobility in small spaces, as well as be sedentary for several hours at a time.
  2. Visual: Demonstrate visual acuity and perception sufficient for observation and assessment.
  3. Tactile: Demonstrate tactile abilities and sufficient sensitivity with all digits of both hands to complete pertinent assessment information and provide treatment, as needed.
  4. Hearing: Demonstrate functional use of hearing to acquire and mentally process information that is heard and to better monitor and assess patient.
  5. Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly with patients/clients, physicians, other health professionals, faculty, significant others, community or professional groups and colleagues. Communication includes: verbal and nonverbal expression, reading, writing, computation, and computer skills.
  6. Interpersonal: Demonstrate the ability to relate to others verbally beyond giving and receiving instruction, and to cooperate with people from a variety of social, emotional, intellectual and cultural backgrounds.
  7. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment and problem solving, to maintain competent judgment under stressful conditions, and to apply quick reaction time in an emergency situation.
  8. Organizational Skills: Demonstrate the ability to handle multi-tasks simultaneously and to operate in a logical, sequential, and orderly manner.
  9. Intellectual Abilities: Demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and understand English at a level consistent with successful course completion and with development of positive patient-student relationships.
  10. Commitment to Learning: Demonstrate a positive attitude toward decision- making policies and program operating rules and procedures.
  11. Affective Learning Skills (Behavioral & Social attitudes): Demonstrate appropriate affective behaviors and mental attitudes in order not to jeopardize the mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral safety of colleagues and other individuals with whom one interacts in the academic, laboratory, and clinical setting.


Graduate Outcomes

EMS PARAMEDIC GRADUATE COMPLETION RESULTS

 

Year                                       # of Students Began   # of Students Completed  Completion Percent

Jan 2011 - May 2012                  133                                   56                                                       42.1%

May 2011-Aug 2012                     89                                    63                                                       70.7%

Aug 2011-Dec 2012                   132                                   64                                                       49.2%

                                        

Jan 2012 –May 2013                   98                                     64                                                       65.3%

May 2012-Aug 2013                    52                                     51                                                       98%

Aug 2012-Dec 2013                    88                                     55                                                       62.5%

                                        

Jan 2013 – May 2014                  89                                     41                                                       46%

May 2013 –Aug 2014                   87                                     55                                                       63.2%

Aug 2013 – Dec 2014                 95                                    49                                                       51.5%

                                        

Jan 2014 – May 2015                 94                                    58                                                       61.7%

May 2014 – Aug 2015                 79                                     66                                                       83.5%

Aug 2014 – Dec 2015                 88                                     65                                                       73.6%

                                        

Jan 2015 – May 2016                  102                                   40                                                       39.2%

May 2015 – Aug 2016                  71                                     52                                                       73.2%

Aug 2015 – Dec 2016                  89                                   52                                                       58.4%


Jan 2016 – May 2017                  101                                   40                                                       39.6%

May 2016 – Aug 2017                  43                                     34                                                       79.1%

Aug 2016 – Dec 2017                  101                                   40                                                       39.6%



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