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Paramedic (Limited Access Program), A.S. Certificate

Program Information

A.S. Certificate - Code 0957 - Catalog 2018/2019 

Teresa Campbell, Senior Staff Assistant, 386-506-4122,

David McCallister, Assistant Chair, 386-506-4177,

Sheila Ellison, Director, 386-506-4201,

EMS Department Email,

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes


The mission of the Paramedic program is to provide students with the necessary training and practices to deliver high quality, caring patient care in the pre-hospital environment, emphasizing student success and embracing excellence and diversity.


The program trains students in the specialized and advanced skills and techniques required for emergency in-the-field pre-hospital care. Instruction covers IV therapy, advanced cardiac life support, advanced care skills for the patient in shock and telemetry and communications. It also provides additional information and skills practice to allow you to become proficient in the care of respiratory, medical and traumatic emergencies. The specific purpose of this program is to meet minimum requirements set by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to allow you to take the Florida state certification examination for paramedic. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Florida state board examination for paramedic. Graduates are qualified to work as advanced care providers on ambulances, in hospital emergency rooms, intensive care units and emergency helicopter transport agencies.

Note: In order to take this program of study, students must have proof of completion of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. Florida certification as an EMT must be obtained prior to the second semester of the program. Credits earned in this program may be counted in the Emergency Medical Services AS degree.

Program Accreditation: The Daytona State College EMS Program is approved by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, as meeting all statutory requirements set forth in Florida Statute 401. The Daytona State College EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).   CCAAHEP may be contacted at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida, 33763, (727) 210-2350 or  CoAEMSP may be contacted at 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, Texas, 75088, (214)703-8445 or

College Accreditation: Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.


  1. Exhibit effective communication within the Paramedic profession

  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with the expectations for entry level Paramedic provider

  3. Demonstrate safe practices within the Paramedic profession.

Note: This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state Bright Futures Scholarship.

Approximate Additional Costs

Program Tuition and Fees: $4,300*

Access Fee: $46.20 ($1.10 per credit)

Assessment Fee: $33

Lab Fees: Semester One ($283); Semester Two ($160); Semester Three ($175); Semester Four (Field Internship - $160)

Textbooks/Equipment: $550 Entire Year

Uniforms: $200 Entire Year

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen: $90

* In-state tuition only; out-of-state tuition will be higher.

Financing Options: All students are encouraged to apply for federal and state student financial assistance by completing the FAFSA at For more information on grant, loans and work program available please see the Office of Financial Aid webpage at Students are also encouraged to apply for one of the many Daytona State College Foundation scholarships offered each semester. For more information see:

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Attendance at the EMS Orientation session is mandatory.

  • Applications are accepted until courses are full or the stated application deadline, whichever comes first. The due dates for applications are available on the EMS homepage:

  • An early application window will be made available only to students who meet the following criteria: 

    • Agency sponsored students with an agency sponsorship letter

    • Agency employed students needing licensure for advancement opportunities

    • Students currently enrolled in Daytona State College’s Fire Fighter program (all application deadlines must be met)

    • Satisfactory results of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI background check.

    • Students will be required to wear uniforms.

    • Students will be held accountable for the policy and procedures of the EMS program as outlined in the EMS student policy/rule book, as well as the college student handbook.

Paramedic program admission as a Transfer Student

Students wishing to transfer into the paramedic program from outside of Daytona State College may be considered for transfer so long as they have completed the first semester of paramedic school, the program they are transferring out of is currently CoAEMSP accredited, all previous files, clinical performance, and coursework, can be validated by the program manager of Daytona State College, and do not have more than one major semester absent from enrollment in the paramedic program they are transferring from. Transfer of credits will be consistent with the existing transfer policies of Daytona State College. No credit will be provided for any semesters not successfully completed and therefore may require transferring students to repeat previous coursework from a semester where a final completion grade has not been awarded.    


Paramedic Graduates have been employed at the local public safety agencies, theme parks and local hospitals.

The following information is required by federal regulations to be provided to students for all vocational and certificate programs. Additional information on any career, job, or salary potential can be found at

Program Length: The typical length of this program is three (3) semesters (36 weeks) for a full-time student, with 95% graduating within 3 semesters for 2014-15. The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) lists the placement rate (2013-14) for this field at 46%.

For additional career information, please see:

Note: Need help preparing for your job search? Login to Daytona State's Career Services Online (CSO) to create your personal career account, or email your Daytona State College Career Advisor.

Program Specific Courses

EMS2603CParamedic I and Lab


EMS2666Paramedic Clinical I


EMS2604CParamedic II and Lab


EMS2667Paramedic Clinical II


EMS2605CParamedic III and Lab


EMS2659Paramedic Field Internship


Sample Program of Study

1st Semester

EMS2603CParamedic I and Lab


2nd Semester

EMS2666Paramedic Clinical I


EMS2604CParamedic II and Lab


3rd Semester

EMS2667Paramedic Clinical II


EMS2605CParamedic III and Lab


4th Semester

EMS2659Paramedic Field Internship


Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.

Total Credit Hours: 42


In order to take this program of study, students must already be a state-certified Florida EMT in good standing.   Credits earned at another accredited institution may be eligible for transfer to Daytona State College, if the student possesses a current National Registry EMT license. Credits earned in this program may be counted in the Emergency Medical Services AS degree.