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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paramedic Certificate

HEGIS #5299
Chairperson: Patricia G. Hyland
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor), (518) 629-7454

The Paramedic is a highly-skilled professional provider who practices the art and science of out-of-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. Through performance of assessments and providing medical care, their goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting. Paramedics possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with the expectations of the public and the profession. Paramedics recognize that they are an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as linkages among health resources. Paramedics are responsible and accountable to medical direction, the public, and their peers.

Upon completion of the (1,385 hour) 15-course series constituting the Paramedic certificate, students will be eligible to sit for state and national examinations. The entire program can be completed in a year during the day or two years in the evening.

The Hudson Valley Community College Paramedic Program is 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 Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical
Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
4101 W Green Oaks Blvd Suite 305-599
Arlington, TX 76016
(817) 330-0080
FAX (817) 330-0089

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will make all recommendations for readmission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Readmission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been readmitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Paramedic program.

Students in this program may be subjected to drug testing and criminal background checks at their own expense. Results must be shared with the Department Chairperson and clinical education site and if the clinical site deems the student unfit to attend the site, the student may be unable to complete degree requirements.

Please note: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual’s right to complete clinical experience at some sites required for program completion and/or to be licensed as a Certified Paramedic in NYS. Applicants should see the department chairperson.

All college level science courses must have been taken within five years in order to be applicable toward this degree program. Paramedic core courses must be taken at Hudson Valley.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average

Candidates must hold current NYS EMT Card, have one year of EMT experience and information session with coordinator of program is required.

Fall only

Spring (exceptions as noted)

Exceptions for spring admission require department chairperson or program director permission. Permission may be granted for students who:

  • have sufficient transfer credit or life experience credit.
  • wish to lighten subsequent fall courseload.

Contact the department for specific details.


The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $465.

Total Credits Required: 43

Major Requirements*

*or specific course equivalents as approved by Department Chairperson.
** A grade of “C” is required for program completion and must be obtained to meet the prerequisite requirement for entrance into sequential Paramedic program courses.

Please note: there is a required summer semester for this program.

Total Credits Required: 43

Suggested Course of Study for Full-Time Study

Suggested Course of Study for Evening Study