The Paramedic A.A.S. program fills a rapidly expanding medical role that is gaining in demand. As an allied healthcare professional, the paramedic is the most highly trained EMS provider in the pre-hospital setting. The paramedic responds to medical emergencies and provides the critical care necessary to support, sustain and often save lives. Paramedic education includes advanced skills in patient assessment, advanced airway management, cardiac care, and advanced cardiac life support. Students will have the opportunity to become proficient in intubation, ECG monitoring and 12-lead ECG, defibrillation, IV therapy, medical administration, and more. Classes are taught by faculty who are active in the region’s EMS community. They are dedicated to helping students learn the essentials of becoming competent entry-level paramedics. During the academic year, the program provides a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology, and basic biology, along with a broad liberal arts education. In the clinical year, required for New York State certification, students focus exclusively on exercises and clinical experience at sites within the student’s community. The entire course covers a span of 12 months, culminating in successful students becoming eligible to take the New York State Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic exam.