Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic (Certificate)


Program Description
The Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic Certificate Program is designed for both the career and volunteer provider.

The EMT-Paramedic Certificate Program at the South Campus is CAAHEP Accredited, meets the national standard for paramedic education, making graduates eligible for the National Registry Examination. The program's primary objective is to prepare students to become certified paramedics delivering effective pre-hospital advanced life support. Upon successful completion, many providers utilize this certificate to move on to other roles in healthcare such as Physician, Physician Assistant and Respiratory Therapy. Students considering careers in the military, law enforcement or the fire service, the paramedic certificate is a relevant compliment to these professions.

The Paramedic Certificate Program  is one year and has Full-time Day and Evening Programs. The Paramedic Program will follow a 53 week, 2 semester format.

Semesters offerings: Fall: August through February & Spring: March through August.

The Day Paramedic Program runs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30am - 2:30pm.  The Evening Paramedic program runs Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30pm - 10:30pm. The course offerings throughout the year will be a combination; lecture content followed by lab work interspersed throughout the program to reinforce the lecture content. Corresponding hospital based clinical experiences will further augment the material students complete in the on campus lectures and labs.

Starting in March of the spring semester, in addition to lectures, labs and hospital clinical, the ambulance field internship course will be incorporated. The internship allows students to function in the role of paramedic under the direct supervision of certified paramedic preceptor. Students will perform a minimum of 255 hour field internship, responding to non-emergent hospital transfer and 911 emergency calls. The field internship will conclude with eligible students taking their final New York State Skills exam in July and the New York State written exam in August.

Program Details

Campus: South

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Basic EMT Course

Basic EMT

  • Students must apply to the Paramedic Certificate Program by completing an EMT Department Application.
  • Applicants must be a New York State Certified Basic EMT with an expiration beyond the end date for the paramedic program.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Basic EMT certification and field experience does not guarantee admission into the paramedic degree or certificate program.
  • In accordance with the requirements of 10 NYCRR Part 800, students must not have been convicted of any misdemeanors or felonies. Students with convictions will be individually reviewed by the New York State Department of Health and may not be automatically barred from certification. The New York State Department of Health will determine if the conviction is applicable under the provisions of Part 800.


  • Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to be an active member of a volunteer, commercial or municipal EMS agency and attain as much EMT patient care field experience (in a non-driving role) as possible prior to entering the program. EMT faculty believes paramedic program success is heavily influenced by the amount of patient care experience the applicant brings with them into the program.
  • Students must contact the Emergency Medical Technology Department at South Campus for an interview and preliminary advisement prior to registration.
  • Graduation applications are required upon successful completion of the program.

Students must meet all of the following prerequisites:

  • maintain a current New York State EMT certification beyond the end date of the EMT-Paramedic Certificate Program;
  • hold a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • a student who previously attended ECC must be in good academic standing; and
  • students are required to complete an Allied Health Physical examination with the appropriate immunizations, signed by a physician verifying physical fitness to provide advanced life support.

Required Math Competencies
Student must successfully complete the ECC pretest for math (AARLV2 or higher). If you do not score at the AARLV2 level or higher on the placement test you may:

  • enroll in and successfully complete the ECC non-credit math course MT 003 prior to the start of the EMT - Paramedic Certificate Program; or
  • study on your own material similar to the content of the pretest and retake the pretest to score at the AARLV2 level.

The math pretest may be waived if you meet one of the following:

  • scored 500 points or higher on the math section of the SAT;
  • successfully completed a college level math course; or
  • passed the New York State Math Regents examination with a score of 85 percent (B) or higher within the last three years.

Required Math & English Competencies
Students applying to the paramedic certificate program must demonstrate they are prepared for college level English and Math. This can be achieved by the student taking the SUNY Erie Math and English Pretest or may be waived based upon SUNY Admissions Department requirements.


ECC Paramedic Outcomes 2019-2021

  2021 2020 2019
NYS Written Pass % 100% 100% 96%
NYS Practical Pass % 100% 100% 96%
Student Retention Rate 87% 90% 88%
Employer Placement % 100% 100% 100%


The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the largest programmatic accreditor in the Allied Health Sciences field.  Nationally recognized accreditation is available for EMS education through CAAHEP's Committee on Accrediation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).  Since 2013, the National Registry of EMT's (NREMT) requires successful completion of an accredited program as an eligibillity requirement for National EMS Certification at the paramedic level.  Candidates that graduate from a CAAHEP Accredited program retain the ability to apply for national EMS certification that will enhance the abilitiy to apply for reciprocity in 44 states.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

For more information:
Abigail Harning, South Campus
Room 3130 D
(716) 851-1669