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Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic Certificate

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Degree: Certificate
HEGIS Code: 5299
Curriculum Code: 0983A.EMT, 0983B.EMT
Campus Location: South - Day and Evening Programs
Health Sciences Division

Prerequisite: Basic EMT offered at: North, South

Program Description

The Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic (EMT-P) certificate program at the South Campus is designed to meet the 1998 national standard for emergency medical training. Paramedics staff pre-hospital mobile 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, 52-week EMT-P program begins in August and concludes the following August. During the first 32 weeks (first semester), there is a mixture of lecture and laboratory work. In addition to class work, the student will also perform clinical rotations through various emergency departments, morgue, labor and delivery rooms, operating rooms of affiliated hospitals and the gross anatomy lab at Daemen College.

The last 20 weeks (second semester) is primarily spent in the hospital clinical setting and field internship clinical rotations. There will be some time spent in a lab setting performing assessment-based management and the mandated New York State final practical examination. The majority of graduates staff prehospital advanced life support paramedic units or work in industrial health settings. Approximately 25 percent of previous graduates continue their education, many eventually becoming physicians, physician’s assistants, registered nurses, emergency medical service supervisors and hospital administrators.


  • American Heart Association Basic CPR credential
  • 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.
  • State University of New York Certificate - EMT Paramedic
  • NYS Health Department Certification - EMT Paramedic

Special Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

  • Student must contact the Emergency Medical Technology Department at South Campus for preliminary advisement.
  • Student must seek an interview and advisement with the EMT Department faculty prior to registration.
  • Student must meet all of the following prerequisites:
  • Current Basic EMT certification.
  • High school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be physically fit to provide advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care. A physical examination by a physician is required, with appropriate immunizations.
  • A student who has previously attended ECC must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must not have any convictions for any crime or crimes related to murder, manslaughter, assault, sexual abuse, theft, robbery, drug abuse or the sale of drugs, or current charges for any such crime.
  • It is strongly encouraged that candidates have as much EMT patient care field experience as possible prior to entering the program. (Non-driving role). EMT faculty have observed students and believe candidates entering the paramedic program with minimal EMT patient contact experience have a much more difficult time meeting program requirements.
  • Being an active member of a volunteer, municipal, or commercial EMT unit prior to applying is strongly recommended.

Math Competencies Required
Complete the ECC math placement test with a code of MTLV2 or higher. If you do not score at the MTLV2 level or higher on the placement test you may:

  1. Enroll in and successfully complete the ECC non-credit math course MT 001 prior to the start of the Paramedic program
  2. Study on your own material similar to the content of the pretest and retake the pretest to score at the MTLV2 level.

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

  1. Scored 500 points or higher on the math section
  2. Previously successfully completed a college level math course
  3. Passed the New York State Math Regents examination with a score of 85 percent (B) or higher within the last three years.

English Competencies Required
Complete the ECC English placement test with a code of WRLV3 and RELV3 or higher. If you do not score at the WRLV3 and RELV3 level or higher, you may:

  1. Enroll in and successfully complete the English non-credit courses as indicated by pre-testing, prior to the start of the Paramedic program.
  2. Retake the pretest.

The English placement test may be waived if you meet one of the following:

  1. Scored 500 points or greater on the English section of the SAT
  2. Previously successfully completed a college level English course
  3. Passed the New York State English Regents exam with a score of 85 percent (B) or higher within the last 3 years.

Department Notes

Satisfactory completion of the Basic EMT certification and field experience does not guarantee admission into the Intermediate or Paramedic certification programs.

  • The Basic EMT certificate course is offered at North and South campuses as are other EMT program electives.
  • Application for ECC graduate status for paramedic students is required prior to NYS Certification exam.
  • Clinical sites require verification of physical exam and immunizations.

Upon completion of EMT course or courses, the graduate will prove competency in those skills pertinent to his/her level of training as indicated below: (See Notes for explanation.)  

  • Properly conduct a patient history, physical examination and properly manage medical and trauma patients (B, A, P)
  • Perform proper Body Substance Isolation (B, A, P)
  • Perform peripheral venipuncture using an angiocatheter, butterfly, saline trap and vacutainer (A, P)
  • Perform umbilical vein catheterization (P)
  • Apply MAST trousers (B, A, P)
  • Perform intramuscular, subcutaneous, IV push injections, IV infusions, aerosolized, oral and topical medication administration (P)
  • Calculate drug dosages (P)
  • Perform basic and/or advanced airway techniques to include, but not limited to, esophageal obturator airway, combitube, endotracheal intubation and LMA (B, A, P)
  • Initiate oxygen therapy utilizing the appropriate equipment (B, A, P)
  • Perform CPR (B, A, P)
  • Perform defibrillation and cardiac monitoring (B, A, P)
  • Perform cardioversion and transcutaneous pacing, 12 lead EKG (P)
  • Interpret patient electrocardiograms and initiate proper treatment (B, A, P)
  • Properly manage central nervous system injuries to include immobilizing devices (B, A, P)
  • Properly manage soft tissue injuries (B, A, P)
  • Properly manage orthopedic emergencies to include splinting techniques (B, A, P)
  • Assist in normal and abnormal obstetrical deliveries (B, A, P)
  • Manage psychiatric emergencies (B, A, P)
  • Manage violence containment (B, A, P)
  • Perform chest decompression (A, P)
  • Operate radio communications equipment (B, A, P)
  • Perform as a team member (B, A, P)
  • Explain role of medical direction (A, P)
  • Demonstrate written communication procedure (B, A, P)
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide an accurate written Patient Care Report (PCR) (B, A, P)

B = Basic EMT/D
A = EMT/Intermediate
P = EMT Paramedic


Total Degree Credits: 39.5

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