Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

HEGIS:     5299

SUNY CODE:    3662


This unique Certificate program, a partnership between HerkimerCollege 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.


The goals of this program are to:

  • gain the knowledge required to become a competent and valuable member of the Emergency Medical Service team;
  • gain the organizational and hands on skills required to become a competent and valuable member of the Emergency Medical Service team;
  • gain the attitude required to become a competent and valuable member of the Emergency Medical Service team.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • comprehend, apply and evaluate the clinical information in the patient's presentation and determine the appropriate pre-hospital diagnosis;
  • organize a plan of care consistent with national and regional standards of care;
  • identify and perform the skills required for the presenting injury or illness consistent with national and regional standards of care; and
  • display the kind of professional behavior that is consistent with the expectations of employers and his or her peers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect good paying jobs with ambulance services, fire, police or rescue squad departments.





Program of Study

1st Year

1st Semester

EM 201EMT - Paramedic I


EM 202EMT - Paramedic II


Total Credit Hours:15

2nd Semester

EM 203EMT - Paramedic III


EM 204EMT - Paramedic IV


Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 30

Entry to the EMT Paramedic program as a matriculated student is by selective admission. Applicants must meet all the requirements listed in the Herkimer College catalog for admission as a matriculated student and the following requirements:
  • Applicants must hold the EMT-Basic Certification.
  • Applicants must not be convicted of or currently charged with a crime or crimes pertaining to murder, manslaughter, assault, sexual abuse, theft, robbery, abuse or sale of drugs.
  • Applicant (at his/her own expense) must satisfactorily complete a health evaluation and submit a Health Evaluation form completed by a NYS Licensed Physician. The form must include a record of required minimum immunizations and titres.
  • Applicants must be physically fit as specified in the NYS Department of Health functional job description.
  • Applicants must agree to abide by all policies of Herkimer College, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Center, the Paramedic Program and the NYS Department of Health.
  • Applicants shall provide evidence to Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Center that he/she is covered by an appropriate health insurance.
  • All EMS students in a clinical area shall wear appropriate uniforms. The color and style of the uniform shall be designated by Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Center. Students are responsible to purchase their own uniforms.

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of this program. For more information, visit www.herkimer.edu/felony.

For more information, contact the Business, Health, Science and Technology Division @ (315)866-0300 or toll free @ 1-844-GO-4-HERK, extension 8240.