THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES-PARAMEDIC PROGRAM
The Kingsborough Community College (KCC) Paramedic Program is a 60-credit AAS in Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic (EMS-P) degree. While an emergency medical technician (EMT) provides basic pre-hospital care, an EMS-Paramedic provides the highest level of advanced pre-hospital care. The New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS approved the KCC Paramedic Program on April 1, 2013, making it the first college-based program in Brooklyn. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will also receive BLS, ACLS, PALS and PHTLS certification. The course curriculum includes didactic and laboratory work, as well as clinical (hospital and ambulance) rotations. The KCC Paramedic Program is an approved National Registry Skills Testing Site and qualifies graduates for the National Registry Practical Exam.
CAREER TYPES AND PATH
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities, there is no consistent setting. No sterilized hospital room or physician’s office. A setting may be someone’s kitchen, a park at night, a city street parade, an amusement park, a movie filming site or the front seat of a car. Paramedics are licensed healthcare professionals, able to provide advanced life support to patients before they reach a hospital. They are licensed to provide treatments such as tracheotomies, manual defibrillation, EKG monitoring, IV fluid therapy, intraosseous infusions, hemodynamic monitoring, needle chest decompressions, and surgical airways. They can administer critical care medications.
Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for EMTs and paramedics was $34,320 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,760, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $58,640.
Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics. The need for volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue. As a certified paramedic, you should have a great opportunity for a rewarding career. The US Department of Labor provides the following information.