AAS in Emergency Medical Services
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services is Brooklyn’s first college-based Paramedic Program. The KCC Paramedic Program is currently under the auspices of the Allied health/Mental Health Department. Paramedic courses start every September. Prior to starting paramedic courses, you must already be a New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). KCC offers EMT courses in fall and spring semesters. The course of study leading to the AAS degree takes at least two years. Additional classes may be necessary to complete the AAS degree.
Not everyone is cut out to be a paramedic. But if you are willing to put the time, effort and sacrifice, our EMS faculty and staff will work to encourage and support you in this exciting career path. Our faculty and staff are academically prepared to teach and are seasoned, experienced paramedics. KCC's Paramedic Program also has a state-of-the-art Simulation Emergency Department Lab including the latest high fidelity manikins for your training benefit.
Explore this exciting opportunity to join the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field and become the highest level of healthcare provider outside of a hospital. As a paramedic, you will be responsible for patients in critical conditions and YOU can possibly make the difference between life and death.
The KCC Paramedic Program is located in T2 building, room T280. This profession may be the right choice for you! Email or call us to make an appointment to discuss this new opportunity at KCC!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Paramedic Program Director
Lorenzo Paladino, MD
Beginning in the Fall of 2020, CUNY has established a policy where the University will consider students to be eligible for admission consistent with the regulations of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) that make professional licensure available not only to U.S. citizens but to non-citizens so long as they are “not unlawfully present in the United States,” including those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and those who are permanently residing in the United States under color of law (PRUCOL).
To be admitted or advance into a NYSED-approved licensed health professions program in fall 2020 and beyond, students must provide documentation for one of the categories listed in the attached policy. Namely, applicants may demonstrate eligibility through documents that verify that they: 1) are U.S. citizens, 2) have legal permanent resident status, or 3) are in another eligible category set forth in the policy, generally through presentation of an employment authorization document (se e useful document from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services: List of Documents that Establish Identity and Employment Authorization).
Applicants may demonstrate eligibility through documents that verify that they meet the required criteria. The most common documents include:
- Proof of U.S. citizenship through a birth certificate, S. passport, naturalization certificate, or a certificate of citizenship.
- Proof of legal permanent resident status with what is known as a “Green Card”.
- Proof of various eligible categories, listed below, generally through an employment authorization document (EAD) or other satisfactory
Eligible immigration categories:
- International student with F-1 status
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Individuals paroled into the United States whose parole has not expired
- Persons residing in the S. pursuant to an Order of Supervision
- Persons granted a stay of deportation/removal
- Persons granted an indefinite voluntary departure
- Persons on whose behalf an immediate relative petition has been approved
- Persons who have filed an application for adjustment of status to permanent resident
- Persons granted Deferred Action Status
- Persons who entered and have continuously residency in the S. before 01/01/1972
- Persons granted suspension of deportation or cancellation of removal
- Cuban/Haitian entrants
- Persons with a pending application for asylum, withholding of removal or deportation, protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), cancellation of removal, or TPS
- Persons in T or U non-immigrant status
- Self-petitioner under the Violence Against Women Act
- Other persons living in the S. who are not unlawfully present
Here is a summary of the documents that a student should be able to provide:
- US birth certificate With a State Issued Driver’s License or State issued identification card
- US issued Passport
- Passport of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Form I-551 permanent Resident Green card
- Foreign Passport with I-551 stamp
- Form I-776 Employment Authorization Documentation
- Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
- Form I-20 accompanied by Form I-94
- Applicants must be 18 years of age.
- Applicants must be in good mental and physical health, free from any physical handicaps which would interfere with their
- Applicants must meet the “Technical Standards for Admission” (see below)
- Applicants must have a high school diploma (GED is acceptable)
- Applicants must have a current NYS EMT certifica tion (must be valid for the duration of the paramedic course up to and including the date of the scheduled New York State Written Certification Examination at the end of the course)
All students must have NYS EMT or higher certification that is valid for the duration of the entire length of the Paramedic Program.
In the event that the student’s certifica tion is due to expire prior to the completion of the Paramedic Program, it shall be the responsibility of the student to enroll in an approved NYS DOH EMT Refresher Course. Proof of enrollment in a refresher course must be provided to the program’s administrative office. EMT refreshers must be taken at the student’s own expense and ca nnot interfere with the Paramedic class. If the student fails the refresher program and/or the EMT Certification Exam and subsequently their NYS EMT cer tifi cation expires, they will be considered no longer certifie d and will be dropped from the Paramedic Program. Upon receiving new EMT certification, the student must supply a copy of the new certification card to the Program Director.
This policy outlines the technical standards that each applicant/student must meet.
Each applicant/student must possess certain physical and mental attributes to be able to complete the paramedic program. Applicants/Students must meet these requirements throughout their enrollment at the Kingsborough community college. It is the applicant’s/student’s responsibility to notify the program of any changes that will not allow them to meet the technical standards below:
- Communicate effectively via telephone and radio equipment
- Lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance)
- Interpret oral, written and diagnostic form instructions
- Use good judgment and remain calm in high stress situations
- Be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights
- Function efficiently without interruption throughout an entire work shift
- Calculate weight and volume ratios
- Read English language manuals and road maps
- Accurately discern street signs and addresses
- Interview patients, patient family members and bystanders
- Document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format, in light of legal ramifications of such
- Converse, in English, with coworkers and hospital staff with regard to the status of the patient
- Perform all tasks related to the highest quality patient care
- Bend, stoop and crawl on uneven terrain
- Withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture
- Work in low light situations and confined space
- Work with other providers to make appropriate patient care decisions
Any applicant who does not meet the technical standards as outlined above is ineligible for admission to the program.
- Any student whose status changes while enrolled and no longer meets the technical standards as outlined above may not be allowed to continue to progress through the
Criminal Conviction Policy
A student who has been involved in a criminal proceeding or who has been char ged with or convicted of a crime should be aware that a conviction may not be an automatic bar to certification. Students who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony should conta ct the New York State Department of Health at 518- 402- 0996 for further instruction and National Registry at 614-888-4484.
Students with a criminal conviction should be aware that even though they may graduate from the program, they may not be eligible to sit for the NYS DOH EMS Certification Examination which is required in New York State to be allowed to work as an EMT-Paramedic. A criminal conviction may also make the student ineligible to sit for the National Registry Exam for Paramedics.
FUNCTIONAL JOB DESCRIPTION
All students will be required to sign a Certification of Eligibility upon enrollment in the Paramedic Program. By signing this form, the student states that he/she has read and understood the functional job description of an EMT-Paramedic and either has no conditions that would preclude him/her from safely and effectively performing all of the functions required for that level of training or will request an accommodation for the NYS Written Examination.
- Complete the Application for Emergency Medical Services Certification (DOH-65), includingaffirmation regarding criminal convictions
- Successfully complete an approved New York State EMT course
- Achieve a passing score on the practical and written certification examinations
- Must be at least 18 years of age prior to the last day of the month in which they are scheduled totake the written certification examination
- Knowledge and Skills required show need for high school or equivalent education
- Ability to communicate effectively via telephone and radio equipment
- Ability to lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance)
- Ability to interpret oral, written and diagnostic form instructions
- Ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high stress situations
- Ability to be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights
- Ability to function efficiently without interruption throughout an entire work shift
- Ability to calculate weight and volume ratios
- Ability to read English language, manuals and road maps
- Ability to accurately discern street signs and addresses
- Ability to interview patients, patient family members and bystanders
- Ability to document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such
- Ability to converse, in English, with coworkers and hospital staff with regard to the status of the patient
- Possesses good manual dexterity with ability to perform all tasks related to the highest quality patientcare
- Ability to bend, stoop and crawl on uneven terrain
- Ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture
- Ability to work in low light situations and confined spaces
- Ability to work with other providers to make appropriate patient care decisions
Must be capable of utilizing all EMT-B and AEMT-Intermediate skills and equipment. Must be able to perform under Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) standards. Must be knowledgeable and competent in the use of a cardiac monitor/ defibrillator and intravenous drugs and fluids. The EMT-Paramedic has reached the highest level of pre-hospital care certification.
Description of Tasks:
- Responds to calls when dispatched.
- Reads maps
- Drives ambulance to emergency site using most expeditious route permitted by weather and road conditions.
- Observes all traffic ordinances and regulations.
- Uses appropriate body substance isolation procedures.
- Assesses the safety of the scene.
- Gains access to the patient.
- Assesses extent of injury or illness.
- Extricates patient from entrapment.
- Communicates with dispatcher requesting additional assistance or services as necessary.
- Determines nature of illness or injury.
- Visually inspects for medical identification emblems to aid in care (medical bracelet, charm, )
- Uses prescribed techniques and equipment to provide patient care.
- Provides additional emergency care following established protocols.
- Assesses and monitors vital signs and general appearance of patient for
- Makes determination regarding patient status and priority for emergency care using established
- Reassures patient, family members and bystanders.
- Assists with lifting, carrying and properly loading patient into the
- Avoids mishandling patient and undue
- Determines appropriate medical facility to which patient will be
- Transports patient to medical facility providing ongoing medical care as necessary in
- Reports nature of injury or illness to receiving
- Asks for medical direction from medical control physician and carries out medical control orders as
- Assists in moving patient from ambulance into medical
- Reports verbally and in writing observations of the patient’s emergency and care provided (including written report(s) and care provided by Certified First Responders prior to EMT- B/AEMT arrival on scene) to emergency department staff and assists staff as
- Complies with regulations in handling deceased, notifies authorities and arranges for protection of property and evidence at scene.
- Replaces supplies, properly disposes of medical waste.
- Properly cleans contaminated equipment according to established
- Checks all equipment for future readiness.
- Maintains ambulance in operable condition.
- Ensures cleanliness and organization of ambulance, its equipment and
- Determines vehicle readiness by checking operator maintainable fluid, fuel and air pressure
- Maintains familiarity with all specialized equipment.
The Functional Job Description is derived from the NYS DOH Bureau of EMS Policy # 92-04. The purpose of the form is to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The following is the procedure:
- The student will sign a statement indicating that he/s he has / does not have any condition that would preclude him/her from safely and effectively performing all of the functions required for that level of
- The signed form will become part of the student’s permanent record.