The Emergency Medical Technology: Paramedic 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 Degree.
The EMT: Paramedic Program is designed to meet the national standard for Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic. Paramedics staff pre-hospital advanced life support units, as well as emergency industrial health and safety units. Also, many paramedics assume other roles in clinical settings.
This program's primary objective is to prepare students to become certified as paramedics and effective components in the delivery of pre-hospital advanced life support.
Full-time (day and evening programs) - the two semester 53-week EMT: Paramedic Program begins in August and concludes the following August. During the first 32 weeks, there is a mixture of lecture and laboratory work in the areas of pathophysiology, advanced airway management, patient assessment, pharmacology, respiratory and cardiology, emergency operations and medical emergencies involving pediatrics and geriatrics. In addition to class work, the student will also perform clinical rotations at the SUNY University at Buffalo Cadaver Lab, Medical Emergency Response Center (MERS) dispatch center, emergency departments,operating room, Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) stroke unit and gross anatomy lab at Daemen College.
The last 20 weeks in the classroom continues to include a mixture of on-campus lecture and labs covering trauma, general medical emergencies involving the various organ systems and concluding with intense Advanced Life Support patient simulation labs. Complementing the classroom work are clinical rotations in the GVI Cardiac Cath-EP and stress labs, Women's & Children's Hospital of Buffalo obstetrics & emergency departments, Kaleida Highpointe Pediatric Pavilion, adult emergency departments, geriatrics and psychiatry.
The second semester will also allow students to perform their newly acquired skills in the Field Internship course. In conjunction with the patient simulation labs, students will function in the role of a paramedic under the supervision of a Certified Paramedic Preceptor on 911 calls for various ambulance services throughout the region. The program will conclude with student eligibility for the NYSDOH paramedic certification examination.