Paramedic (A.A.S.)

The Paramedic Program, administered by the Allied Health Sciences Department provides the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to function in advanced pre-hospital care. The curriculum follows the guidelines established by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP), as well as those of the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

For more information about the Paramedic Program, contact Professor Meghan Williams at (212) 220-8342 or mewilliams@bmcc.cuny.edu.

See BMCC Paramedic Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Program Policies

Prospective students must meet the following criteria:

  • In order to maintain eligibility in the program, students must attain an average of 75% or better in all EMC-courses. Students seeking entry to the EMC 100 course must have an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher to enroll. Students who, upon admission, are NYS certified Emergency Medical Technicians, and who maintain active certification, are exempt from EMC 100 and will receive credit.
  • No waiver of any other required course will be granted with the exception of transfer credit from another accredited college program that is the equivalent of a BMCC course. Transfer students should contact the Admissions Office for further information.
  • Admission to the upper level Paramedic sequence occurs in the Fall semester only. All students must complete any remedial requirements prior to admission to the Paramedic sequence and must have completed all prerequisite coursework with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students who fail any EMC course in the upper level paramedic sequence must repeat the entire EMC sequence.
  • All students in EMC classes are required to show proof of physical examination, per New York State Department of Health requirements for hospital personnel. Students entering EMC 101 must also successfully pass a criminal background check and a forensic drug screen.
  • All students entering EMC 101 must currently be a certified New York State EMT and must maintain certification for the duration of the paramedic sequence. Students who have been previously academically dismissed from the program must attain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or better in order to re-enter the Paramedic Program.

Certification

Upon successful completion of the two-year curriculum, students will be awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree. Upon completion of the Paramedic portion of the program, students will be eligible to take the New York State Paramedic Certification Examination, the New York City Regional Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) Certification Examination, the National Registry of EMT/Paramedics Certification Examination, and will receive:

  • Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification,
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification,
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification, and
  • Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support Certification.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing status will be considered on a case by case basis. New York State certified Paramedics are granted advanced academic standing and have the opportunity to complete the liberal arts and sciences sequence and earn the A.A.S. degree.

Accreditation

The Borough of Manhattan Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CoAEMSP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CAAHEP).

Program Data

State Exam Pass Rates, Attrition/Retention, and Six Month Positive Placement Data, 2015 – 2017

Transfer Options

BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there without any loss of credits. These colleges that offer health administration or emergency services degrees that will ensure full academic credit for the BMCC A.A.S. degree.

Academic Program Maps


Required Common Core

6
English Composition
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning
3
MAT 104
Mathematics for Health Sciences
Life and Physical Sciences
4
CHE 118
Fundamentals of Chemistry
OR
4
CHE 121
Fundamentals of General, Organic & Biological Chemistry
13
Total Required Common Core

Flexible Core

Creative Expression
3
SPE 100
Fundamentals of Speech 1
Scientific World
4
BIO 425
Anatomy and Physiology I
3
PSY 100
General Psychology
10
Total Flexible Core
23
Total Common Core

Curriculum Requirements

Anatomy and Physiology II
Emergency Medical Care
37
Total Curriculum Credits
61
Total Program Credits

Footnote

  1. For students whose first language is not English, SPE 102 will satisfy this requirement.

Allied Health Sciences Department

199 Chambers Street, Room N-799B
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8335

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday:
9 a.m.-5 p.m