Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate in Science
Major Code: EMS-AS
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.
The program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
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
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.
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).
Students pursuing this degree also may obtain the following college credit certificates:
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.
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.
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:
Visit Smart-College-Choices.com to access employment numbers and the estimated average, annual full-time wage for graduates of this program.
Choose 5 credits from the following list:
Mathematics General Education course
Science General Education course
Any SLS prefix college credit course
Humanities General Education course
Social Science General Education course
Mathematics or Science General Education course
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.