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Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic A.A.S.

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This unique A.A.S. degree program, a partnership between HCCC and Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare provides the paramedic student the education necessary to function in an out-of-hospital setting as an emergency medical services professional. Trauma from motor vehicle collisions and the like, as well as medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes, all demand professional pre-hospital emergency medical attention. Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) gives immediate and often life-saving emergency medical care to these patients while on-scene and during transport to medical facilities. Successful graduates will be eligible for New York State Certification as well as certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Paramedics have fulfilled prescribed requirements by a credentialing agency to practice the art and science of out-of-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. Through performance of assessments and providing medical care, their goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting.

Paramedics possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with the expectations of the public and the profession.  Paramedics recognize that they are an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as linkages among health resources.

Paramedics strive to maintain high quality, reasonable cost health care by delivering patients directly to appropriate facilities. As an advocate for patients, paramedics seek to be proactive in affecting long-term health care by working in conjunction with other provider agencies, networks, and organizations. The emerging roles and responsibilities of the Paramedic include public education, health promotion, and participation in injury and illness prevention programs. As the scope of service continues to expand, the Paramedic will function as a facilitator of access to care, as well as an initial treatment provider.

Paramedics are responsible and accountable to medical direction, the public and their peers. Paramedics recognize the importance of research and actively participate in the design, development, evaluation and publication of research.  Paramedics seek to take part in life-long professional development, peer evaluation and assume an active role in professional and community organizations.

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Frankfort Fire Department Bunk-In Program

Herkimer County Community College and the Village of Frankfort Fire Department (FFD) offer a housing option for students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic program at HCCC. Approved students will stay in housing provided by the FFD in exchange for 36-hours duty time or on-call hours of service per week.

To be eligible, students must be at least 18 years of age, be enrolled full-time in the College’s EMT/Paramedic program and maintain current NYS Department of Health certification as an EMT Basic or greater level provider. All certifications must be current and maintained throughout the duration of the housing contract with the FFD. Students participating in the program are required to maintain enrollment at HCCC and be in good academic standing. The FFD will select up to four students each year.

The objective of the program is to augment current volunteer emergency services staff and to mentor students considering a career in emergency medical services allowing them to practice skills involving patient care and transport to medical facilities. Interested students must complete an application to the Frankfort Fire Department and be accepted as a member of the department in order to participate in the housing option. Applications to the FFD and the program are available at the HCCC Admissions Office or at http://villageoffrankfortny.org/content/PublicSafety/View/1.

For more information about the Frankfort Fire Department or the Bunk-In Program, contact Chief Conigliaro at 315-894-8621 orcconig4320@netzero.com

Course Catalog

View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic A.A.S.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect good paying jobs with ambulance services, fire, police or rescue squad departments. Median annual salary in New York State is $34,040. Projected annual statewide job openings through 2012 are 250 new jobs and 120 replacement jobs.

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