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Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic (Degree Program)

Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic (Degree Program)

The Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic Degree Program is designed for both the career and volunteer provider. This degree will require students to complete the SUNY general education courses which are available at all Erie Community College campuses. This degree will ensure the student completes core development courses in math, English, science, humanities, social science, EMT and other fields to be better rounded students and lifelong learners. The successful completion of the program will enable the student to receive an Associate of Applied Science Paramedic Degree.

The EMT-Paramedic Degree 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 degree to move onto 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 degree is a relevant compliment to these professions.

The Paramedic Degree Program 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.

ECC Paramedic Outcomes 2017-2019

2020 2019 2018
NYS Written Pass % 96% 96% 97%
NYS Practical Pass % 100% 96% 100%
Student Retention Rate 82% 88% 79%
Employer Placement % 100% 100% 100%

Admissions Requirements

Basic EMT

  • Individuals must be 18 17 years old to receive New York State Basic EMT certification.
  • Basic EMT course is offered at North (Fall, Spring) and South campuses both fall and spring semesters, (Fall, Spring, Summer) campus, along with other program electives.
  • 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 of 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 paramedic program;
  • hold a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • for a student who previously attended ECC, he or she must be in good academic standing; and
  • complete and Allied Health Physical examination with the appropriate immunizations signed by a physician verifying physical fitness to provide advanced life support.

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 Erie Admissions Department requirements

Program Competencies

Basic EMT - Program competencies include the following:

  • perform proper Body Substance Isolation;
  • properly conduct a patient history, physical examination and vital signs of a medical and trauma patient;
  • properly manage medical and trauma patients according to national standard protocols;
  • demonstrate manual airway maneuvers;
  • administer oxygen therapy utilizing the nasal cannula and non-rebreather mask;
  • apply the proper airway management adjuncts to include suctioning oral and nasal airways;
  • perform positive pressure ventilation using Bag Valve Mask (BVM) ventilation;
  • demonstrate CPR and choking maneuvers and the proper use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and attain American Heart Association CPR credential at healthcare provider level;
  • assist with self-administration of nitroglycerin, and aspirin;
  • perform with medical direction the administration of nebulized albuterol;
  • properly manage central nervous system injuries to include: spinal immobilization techniques utilizing cervical collars, KED, short and long spine boards and helmet removal techniques;
  • properly manage orthopedic emergencies utilizing padded board splints, traction splints, air and vacuum splint and cravats;
  • properly manage soft tissue injuries and treatment of shock, demonstrating bleeding control and bandaging techniques and the application of MAST pants;
  • demonstrate techniques for assisting with normal and abnormal obstetrical emergencies;
  • demonstrate techniques for managing psychiatric emergencies and the application of patient restraints;
  • demonstrate proper lifting and moving techniques utilizing a stretcher, stair chair and manual lifts;
  • demonstrate proper radio communications techniques;
  • provide accurate written documentation in a Patient Care Report (PCR); and
  • explain the role of medical direction and performing as a team member.

Advanced EMT - Must perform all the competencies of a Basic EMT and all the following:

  • perform peripheral vascular access demonstrating proper utilization of an angiocatheter, vacutainer, leuer adapter, saline trap, Intraosseous needle and fluid administration, IM, SQ, IN and IV bolus medication administration;
  • perform advanced airway maneuvers to include but not limited to: endotracheal intubation, EOA/EGTA, King airway, Combitube, bougee and chest decompression;
  • demonstrate proper application of the Magill forceps during airway management;
  • demonstrate patient assessment skills adapted for the geriatric and special needs patients; and
  • attain Pediatric Life Support and International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) credential.

EMT Paramedic - Must perform all the competencies of a Basic and Advanced EMT and all the following:

  • perform the expanded scope patient assessment to include the utilization of the otoscope and opthalmoscope;
  • perform advanced airway techniques to include but not limited to: Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA), Quicktrac, needle cricothyrotomy and jet ventilation, CPAP/BiPaP, Waveform capnography;
  • perform proper electrocardiogram (EKG) monitoring utilizing both the three lead and twelve lead techniques;
  • interpret a single lead and twelve lead EKG and initiate proper treatment protocols;
  • perform manual defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, and external cardiac pacing;
  • attain American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) credential;
  • attain American Heart Association Pediatric Life Support (PALS) credential;
  • calculate drug dosages utilizing the metric system;
  • demonstrate proper medication administration techniques to include: IM, SQ, P.O., P.R., I.V. bolus and infusion, ET, SL, buccal, transdermal; and
  • contact the EMT Department for the medication list under the paramedic scope of practice.


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 Accreditation 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 eligibility 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 ability to apply for reciprocity in 44 states.


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



  • American Heart Association Basic CPR credential
  • New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Basic Emergency Medical Technician
  • American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider credential
  • American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support credential
  • American Academy of Emergency Physicians-International Trauma Life Support-Advanced Provider credential
  • NYS Health Department Certification-EMT Paramedic
  • State University of New York EMT Paramedic A.A.S. Degree
SUNY Erie Community College Paramedic curriculum and its program of study meets the educational requirements by the Board of Regents in New York State to award an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) with a major in paramedicine. Graduates meet the requirements for National Registry and New York State Department of Health Paramedic Licensure Exams. Other states may have different educational requirements for program completion and Licensure requirements. SUNY Erie Paramedic Program has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets the educational requirements for paramedic Licensure in states other than in New York. If seeking Licensure in a state other than New York, please review the requirement of that State’s Paramedic Licensure. To search a particular State’s Paramedic Licensure, go to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians website at https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/states/state-ems-agencies.

Department Notes

ECC Paramedic Outcomes Three Year Average 2016-2018

NYS Written Pass % 91%
NYS Practical Pass % 99%
Student Retention Rate 81%
Employer Placement % 100%


Total Degree Credits: 68.5

First Year, Fall Semester
EG 113 - EMT Basic Credit Hours: 8
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
MT 112 - Survey of Mathematics Credit Hours: 3
PY 111 - Biomedical Ethics Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
BI 147 - Survey Anatomy and Physiology Credit Hours: 3
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3 
PS 100 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3
HI 106 - World Civilization I Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Fall Semester
EG 099 - Paramedic Introduction, Pathophysiology and Life Span Development Credit Hours: 3
EG 101 - Advanced Airway Management Lab Credit Hours: 1
EG 103 - Patient Assessment Credit Hours: 2
EG 104 - Patient Assessment Lab Credit Hours: 1
EG 105 - Pharmacology Credit Hours: 2
EG 106 - Pharmacology Lab Credit Hours: 1
EG 107 - Respiratory and Cardiology Credit Hours: 2
EG 108 - Respiratory and Cardiology Lab Credit Hours: 1
EG 109 - Paramedic Clinical I Credit Hours: 1
EG 110 - Paramedic Clinical II Credit Hours: 1
EG 200 - EMS Operations Credit Hours: 3
EG 204 - Medical Emergencies II Credit Hours: 2
EG 205 - Medical Emergencies II Lab Credit Hours: 1

Second Year, Spring Semester
EG 201 - Trauma Credit Hours: 2
EG 202 - Trauma Lab Credit Hours: 1
EG 203 - Medical Emergencies I Credit Hours: 4
EG 206 - Paramedic Clinical III Credit Hours: 2
EG 207 - Paramedic Hospital Clinical IV Credit Hours: 2.5
EG 208 - EMT Paramedic Ambulance Field Internship Credit Hours: 7

Available At:

South Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Basic EMT Course


Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Health Sciences
Emergency Medical Technology AAS

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