Paramedics administer advanced life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings. They assess the nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures and perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures.
Once You Complete the Program
Paramedics with a degree in Emergency Medical Services often obtain leadership and management positions. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians paramedic certification exam (NRP). Upon successful completion of this exam, graduates will be awarded the NRP credential and are eligible to apply for licensure with the State of Florida.
The Paramedic program is a selective-admissions program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Paramedic Application Book.
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Paramedic Program Information Sessions
Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:
- 04/20/2021 - Virtual: EMT/Paramedic Information Session
- 05/18/2021 - Virtual: EMT/Paramedic Information Session
- 06/22/2021 - Virtual: EMT/Paramedic Information Session
- 09/21/2021 - Virtual: EMT/Paramedic Information Session
Applying to the Paramedic Program
The application for the Fall 2021 program will be available after January 4, 2021.
Google Chrome is the preferred web browser to use when completing your applications.
- Current/returning students: Log into MyPioneerPortal with your IRSC RiverMail address and your password. Login to confirm that your IRSC admissions (transcripts, residency, New Student orientation and holds) are completed prior to the application deadline date.
- New students: complete the IRSC Online Application for Admission.
- On the Admission Application Instructions webpage, click on the blue SIGN IN button.
- If you have not submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to
present), you will need to select Create Account at the bottom of the Sign In box.
- You will need to check your email for the address provided to verify the account before signing in. Please check both the junk/spam and inbox folders for this email. The email will be from IRSC Workday.
- Once you have clicked on the link or copied and pasted it in a new web browser, sign in to the Health Science Application Portal.
- If you have submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to present), sign in using the email address provided when you created the account (this will NOT be your RiverMail or Pioneer Portal sign in).
- On the Admissions Application Instruction webpage, select Health Science Associate Application (Degree, Diploma, Technical Certificate).
- Click on the blue Apply Now.
- Once you complete all of the questions, select Pay Now in blue to submit the $30 application fee.
- A new screen will open to enter you payment information. SAVE YOUR RECEIPT.
Go back to the application screen (in a different tab/window) and click the blue NEXT button. Check the box next to the acknowledgement and click on the blue SUBMIT button.
To complete an in-progress application, return to the Health Science Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your in-progress application under Your Applications with a status of Not Submitted. Click on the link to complete it.
To review your application status, return to the Health Science Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your submitted application under Your Applications – click on it to see actions required.
The Paramedic program of Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Additional Program Information
This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team. Learn more.
Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Emergency Medical ServicesTo view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.
For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.
Emergency Medical Services A.S.
Gain management and technical skills in many high-demand career fields, with the option to continue toward a Bachelor’s Degree at IRSC.
Technical (College Credit) Certificate
Earn valuable Technical (College Credit) Certificates at the same time you’re completing an A.S. Degree—get double the value and additional credentials by completing these blocks of courses.