The Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic Certificate Program is designed for both the career and volunteer provider.
The EMT-Paramedic Certificate Program at the South Campus is designed to meet the national standard for Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic. Paramedics staff pre-hospital advanced life support units, as well as emergency industrial health and safety units. Also, many paramedics assume other roles in clinical settings.
This program's primary objective is to prepare students to become certified as paramedics and effective components in the delivery of pre-hospital advanced life support.
Full-time (day and evening programs): The two-semester, 53-week EMT-Paramedic Certificate Program begins in August and concludes the following August. During the first 32 weeks, there is a mixture of lecture and laboratory work in the areas of pathophysiology, advanced airway management, patient assessment, pharmacology, respiratory and cardiology, emergency operations and medical emergencies involving pediatrics and geriatrics. In addition to class work, the student will also perform clinical rotations through the University at Buffalo Medical School Cadaver Lab, operating room, medical dispatch center, emergency departments, Gates Vascular Institute Stroke Unit and the Daemen College gross anatomy lab.
The last twenty weeks in the classroom continues to include a mixture of on campus lecture and labs covering trauma, general medical emergencies involving the various organ systems and concluding with intense Advanced Life Support patient simulation labs. Complementing the classroom work are clinical rotations in the Cardiac Cath-EP and stress labs, obstetrics, adult and pediatric emergency departments, geriatrics and psychiatry.
The second semester will also allow students to perform their newly acquired skills in the Field Internship course. In conjunction with the patient simulation labs, students will function in the role of a paramedic under the supervision of a Certified Paramedic Preceptor on 911 calls for various ambulance services throughout the region. The program will conclude with student eligibility for the NYSDOH paramedic certification examination