Emergency Medical Services Technology
Associate in Science (A.S.)
The Emergency Medical Services Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career as an EMT or paramedic.
Considered one of the most progressive programs available in Florida, Valencia’s EMS program offers advanced training in out-of-hospital emergency medicine and prepares students for State Board certification as emergency medical technicians and paramedics. EMTs and paramedics assess injuries, administer advanced emergency medical care and transport injured or ill people to medical facilities. Valencia’s program teaches theory and clinical applications, and provides hands-on field internships to assure that students gain the skills necessary to offer the most extensive emergency life support services available. If you are good at making split-second decisions and staying calm in a crisis, then this may be the career for you.
The Emergency Medical Services program has limited-access requirements. For admission requirements and updates, program application and deadlines, visit the Health Sciences Division website.
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Program Overview and Degree Requirements
Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.
Valencia’s certificate programs can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for immediate employment or career advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less.
Alternative Ways To Earn Credit
Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? Check out these opportunities:
- Industry Certifications – Receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications
EMT: 1 semester
(offered every semester)
Paramedic: 3 semesters
(begins each fall on West Campus and begins each spring on Osceola Campus)
After Paramedic, you only need to take the general education courses to earn your EMS degree.
You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor's.
Prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. After completing your A.S. degree, build on your skills and expand your career opportunities by continuing your education at Valencia College and earning a bachelor’s degree. We encourage you to meet with a career program advisor to create your personalized education plan.
Learn How To
- Administer basic and advanced life support for cardiac, medical, trauma, pediatric, obstetric and psychiatric illnesses
- Respond to medical emergencies and determining the nature of the injury
- Transport persons to medical facilities
Career opportunities for emergency medical services staff are available in hospitals, private ambulance services, and municipal fire, police or rescue squad departments. As the baby boomer generation ages, they will require more medical services, spurring more demand for EMTs and paramedics.
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Health Care Administrator
This program is designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Valencia’s Gainful Employment website.
AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$18,000 – $24,000 EMT
$32,000 – $42,000 Paramedic
$38,000 – $45,000 EMS AS Degree
The average placement rate for Valencia College’s A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95% according to the latest FETPIP data.
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- Attend a Program Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the program guide and read the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Apply to Valencia College.
- Complete required general education courses before applying to the program.
- Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the program.
To learn more about this program, including application requirements, attend one of our information sessions. Please bring a copy of the program guide with you. If you are unable to attend, refer to the program guide and the resources available at Health Sciences.