decorative image of EMS-Paramedic-accreditation-scaled , Pensacola State’s EMS-Paramedic Program earns 5-year accreditation 2021-08-03 15:59:30 Published: 08-03-2021

Pensacola State College’s EMS -Paramedic Program has earned continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-Paramedic Program was first accredited in 1986. The current five-year accreditation will be in effect through 2026.

The CAAHEP accredits certificate, diploma, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the many health disciplines including EMS-Paramedic, advanced cardiovascular sonographer, anesthesia technologist, anesthesiologist assistant, art therapist and more. The organization accredits programs in the U.S. and internationally.

Thirteen students are currently enrolled in the program, said Emergency Medical Tech Associate Professor Don Lee. Since it began, nearly 600 students have graduated from the EMS-Paramedic Program.

“The program has been in existence since the 1970s,” said Lee, who said graduates go on to work at fire departments, in law enforcement, the military, and the health care sector.

“Just about every hospital in northwest Florida has at least two Pensacola State EMS-Paramedic Program graduates employed.”

According to the PSC Office of Institutional Research, 594 students have graduated with degrees or certificates from the PSC program.

The College’s four-semester Paramedic Program is a certificate program. Students enrolled in the program learn pre-hospital emergency care and can become skilled in advanced life support measures.

The EMS-Associate in Science degree program completes the academic progress of a graduate of an Emergency Medical Technician Program and a Paramedic Certificate with 16 hours of general education courses.

PHOTO: Pensacola State College’s EMS -Paramedic Program has earned continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The five-year accreditation will be in effect through 2026.