Welcome to First Response's Paramedic Program
First Responses Paramedic programs are built around the fact that technology plays an essential role in today’s learning environment, That’s why we've taken steps to equip our students in these programs with the tools they need to learn and succeed
Paramedics receive more advanced training to perform more difficult pre-hospital medical procedures. Paramedics have advanced training in the administration of intravenous fluids, the use of manual defibrillators to give life saving shocks to a stopped heart, and the application of advanced airway techniques and equipment to assist patients experiencing respiratory emergencies. In addition, paramedics provide extensive pre-hospital care on the scene of an accident or other life-threatening situation. Paramedics also may administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (ECGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.
Most fire departments prefer hiring candidates who have already met state certification requirements for firefighter, emergency medical technician and paramedic. Paramedics work for fire departments, ambulance services and hospital emergency units. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2006-2007 Occupational Outlook Handbook, job openings in these careers are expected to grow by as much as 27 percent by 2014.
The 1,112 hour Paramedic Certification Program includes classroom instruction, hospital rotations with an emphasis on emergency department experience, and emergency ambulance experience. Upon successful completion of this program, all students will be eligible to take examinations for certification as:
- Florida State Paramedic
- In addition, students will be given the opportunity to earn credentials in:
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
At First Response our mission is to provide the best possible EMS training and develop future EMS professionals by accepting nothing short of excellence in every aspect of our performance, this is not a catch phrase - it is a fundamentally held belief, and to fully realize that mission we understand that we must embody certain attributes and principles that are sometimes lacking in the industry.
Possible occupations for a graduate students are:
Paramedic Admission Requirements
In order to be eligible for registration students must be 18 years old and possess all of the following
- Provide a valid State ID card or Driver’s License
- Be at least 18 years of age by Graduation
- Be financially capable of covering the cost of the course
- Provide a copy of a High School Diploma, G.E.D. or College Transcript
- Be free of any felony convictions
- Be, and remain, drug and substance abuse free
- Be Florida EMT-Basic certified by the end of Phase-1 (Medic students ONLY)
- Be able to obtain and/or provide proof of the following:
- AHA HCP CPR that must remain current throughout entire course (available at the School for $55 (not included in Tuition)
- Up-to-date Shot Record showing: MMR, Hep-B, Varicella, PPD/TB, Tetanus and FLU vaccines. (Refer to Vaccination and Medical Testing Requirements Form provided at Orientation)
- Solid black, closed-toed boots, watch with a second hand or easily read digital readout, stethoscope, safety glasses, and Trauma shears (not included in the Tuition)
- Submit a statement (on the School approved form) signed by a Physician proclaiming you are of sufficient health to participate in the chosen course and are free of any communicable diseases
- Ability to comply with the requirements for EMS personnel set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Able to participate in clinical rotations at various hours/days
- Participate in a screening interview
- Read, sign and submit all applicable paperwork
PROGRAM Previous OUTCOMES:
- NREMT/State Written Exam Pass Rate: 88
- Retention Rate: 77
- Positive (Job) Placement Rate: 90
There were no graduates during the 2020 reporting year.
- Evaluate the patient’s response to treatment and determine whether further interventions are needed.
- Use proper lifting techniques to move the patient in order to minimize patient discomfort and injury.
- Transfer the patient safely to the appropriate medical facility and give an accurate account of patient’s ailment and status to the health professional that is taking over the patient care.
- Obtain a relevant history of the patient’s illness or injury, perform a pertinent physical examination, reach an appropriate conclusion regarding the implications of the clinical findings for appropriate treatment on the scene
- Manage both trauma and medical patients properly in the pre-hospital setting.
- Give accurate verbal and written reports, communicate via emergency radio, know the standard operating procedures for emergency vehicle and medical equipment, and the ability to properly control the emergency scene and perform basic extrication.
- Provide advance life support as necessary.
- Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, analyze, and evaluate information relevant to their role as entry level EMT-Paramedic.
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry level EMT-Paramedic.
- Demonstrate personal behavior that is consistent with the expectations of professional employers within their prospective field of certification.