When life is on the line, trust nothing less than LaGuardia’s Paramedic Program.
LaGuardia Community College has been setting the standard for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training since 1996. The Paramedic Program at LaGuardia has enjoyed a rich history of developing many of New York City’s finest paramedics, boasting 11 years of 100% pass rates on the NYS Department of Health Paramedic Certification Exam. Many of our graduates continue on in their EMS careers to take advantage of higher degrees and their National certifications. With the excellent reputation and experience our program offers, it’s clear why you should make the LaGuardia Paramedic Program your choice for EMS education, and we look forward to helping you advance your career to the next level.2012-2013 Paramedic class retention rate: 54% 2013-2014 Paramedic class retention rate: 76% 2014-2015 Paramedic class retention rate: 91% 2015 Paramedic graduating class placement rate: 83%LaGuardia Community College Program is currently in the process of being accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org). upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs1361 Park Street; Clearwater, FL 33756Phone: (727) 210-2350Email: www.caahep.orgCommittee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Programsfor the Emergency Medical Services Professions8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312,Rowlett TX 75088Phone: (214) 703-8445Fax: (214) 703-8992Email: www.coaemsp.org
The program is divided into two phases:
The field of prehospital care is responsible for the initial
treatment and transportation of individuals suffering from an acute illness or
injury. There are five (5) levels of certification within the New York State
Department of Health – Bureau of EMS System. The only levels used
professionally in the NYC 9-1-1 system are EMT and Paramedic. Students are not
obligated to complete each level before moving on to the next. Listed below are
descriptions of each level of certification:
Paramedic students build upon their EMT education, practice,
and experience. A combination of lectures, practical skills labs, clinical
rotations and field internships prepares them to provide advanced level care in
the prehospital setting. Paramedics must be highly skilled in patient
assessment and competent in all skills required for basic and advanced level
procedures. This course of study is designed to teach students the professional
standards and medical principles, as well as the clinical and technical skills
needed for the practice of advanced level prehospital care.
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Your Advising team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.
Successful completion of this intensive program leads to eligibility for Paramedic Certification through the New York State Department Health – Following the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic, our program is designed to teach the student the professional, clinical, and technical skills required for the practice of advanced pre-hospital care.
Understanding is the key to good clinical judgment. The Paramedic Program at LaGuardia Community College has four distinct components:
Review detailed curriculum information in the Paramedic Program Handbook
Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.
Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Review the Paramedic Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
Recommended Course Sequence For students already certified as a NYS EMT
First Year, Fall I (12 week Session)
First Year, Fall II (6 week Session)
First Year, Spring I (12 week Session)
First Year, Spring II (6 week Session)
Second Year, Fall I (12 week Session)
Second Year, Fall II (6 week Session)
Second Year, Spring I (12 week Session)
Second Year, Spring II (6 week Session)
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.