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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate in Science

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code: EMS-AS
CIP: 1351090402
Educational Plan: EMS-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Services combines medical theory studies with practical clinical and field internships. Graduates are prepared to assume the role of first responder, life-support provider and physician extender.




Lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Often the first to respond to medical emergencies, natural disasters and acts of terrorism, these emergency professionals apply split-second decision-making skills to assess and stabilize patients who are injured or sick and administer emergency medical care while transporting those patients to healthcare facilities

Career Opportunities

Most Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are hired by private services, fire departments, municipal/governmental organizations, or hospital-based ambulance companies. Paramedic specializations include tactical medicine with police departments, critical care inter-facility transport including aero-medical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary health care with the federal prison system and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry. Administrative, government, public health and education opportunities also are available.

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Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 33 percent (much faster than average) through 2020. Continued demand for emergency medical technicians and paramedics will lead to new openings for personnel in local departments (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).


College Credit Certificates

Students pursuing this degree also may obtain the following college credit certificates:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic Technology (EMT-P)


Students who hold Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certification may receive 11 hours of college credit in the EMS A.S. Degree program upon proof of certification.

Degree Transfer

DirectConnect to UCF: Seminole State’s Emergency Medical Services A.S. degree is transferable to the University of Central Florida’s Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree.

Program Note

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field and/or transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to a college or university should consult with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all entry requirements for the baccalaureate program of their choice.


Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the following industry certifications:

  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT), National Registry of Medical Technicians, (NREMT001).
  • EMT-Basic, Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA007)
  • JRC/EMS-Paramedic, Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA009)
  • Paramedic (EMT-P), Florida Department of Health(FDMQA014)
  • Paramedic, National Registry of Medical Technicians, (NREMT004.)
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Available Courses
Required Courses

EMT Certificate


Paramedic Certificate

Note: BSC 2093C and 2094C, BSC 1084 or EMS 2010 may substitute for BSC1020
Elective Courses

Choose 4 credits from the following list:

Mathematics General Education course


Science General Education course


Any SLS prefix college credit course

General Education Courses

Humanities General Education course


Social Science General Education course


Mathematics or Science General Education course

Total Credits:

Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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