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Paramedic Emergency Health Science, A.A.S.

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Program Description

Robert and Freda Brown Paramedic Program

This program is intended for students who are interested in helping and treating patients to achieve the highest level of care outside of the hospital. Prospective students should have an interest in the pathophysiology of disease, mathematic competence, and should be able to function effectively in a dynamic work environment.

Paramedics must be confident leaders who can accept the challenge and high degree of responsibility that is required for the position. They must have excellent judgment and be able to prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interest of the patient. In addition, paramedics must be self-disciplined, utilize communication skills to develop rapport with patients/significant others from diverse ages and cultural groups, and function independently at an optimum level in a nonstructured, changing environment.

The program meets or exceeds the National Standard Curriculum set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and adheres to New Jersey State Paramedic Regulations NJAC 8:41 and 8:41A. The program is approved and sanctioned by the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Emergency Medical Services

The Union County College Paramedic Emergency Health Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax: 214-703-8992

Program Director Contact  Information:
Andrea Murray, MS, MICP
Paramedic Program Director
Plainfield Campus
Office: 908-791-4917
Fax: 908-412-3548

Prospective students must meet the following requirements to be accepted into the degree program:

  • Have a current New Jersey EMT and Health Care Provider CPR certification.
  • Have a New Jersey Driver’s License with clean record.

PMD course enrollment requires:

  • Completion of all remedial math and English courses;
  • Receipt of hospital sponsorship from a New Jersey Department of Health approved Mobile Intensive Care Unit Hospital. All students should refer to the program website for the specific application process here;
  • Two (2) applications for acceptance into the Paramedic Degree Program. The first application is submitted to the College. The second application is submitted to the Paramedic Program to obtain hospital sponsorship, which is then sent directly to the clinical site. The program application, directions and timeline for submission can be obtained here or from the Paramedic Program website;
  • Attendance at a mandatory orientation, once a student has been accepted by a hospital for sponsorship. The exact date will be provided upon offering of the clinical sponsorship. There is no make-up session for this mandatory session;
  • Students are required to submit a clear criminal background check, demonstration of vaccination status, proof of a two-step PPD skin test, and a clean 5-panel drug screen result at the time of the orientation. The fees associated with these tests are paid by the student;
  • There is a sponsorship fee, which is paid directly to the clinical site upon acceptance of sponsorship;
  • There is a Paramedic Program Manual which has policies and procedures that are specific to the program because of State and/or National mandates.

Upon successful completion of the paramedic program, graduates will be able to:

  • To prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, and/or Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, and/or First Responder levels;
  • Manage pre-hospital patient care based on appropriate evidence-based emergency medicine and paramedic science;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in decision-making processes to improve the health and welfare of pre-hospital patients;
  • Communicate effectively with patients and their family members/significant others, and professional colleagues.

After Union County College

Graduate of the program will obtain national and New Jersey Paramedic Certification making them eligible for a Paramedic service nationally. Graduates can transfer to a four-year institution for continuation in a bachelor’s degree program.

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Recommended Sequence

Prior to enrollment in the Paramedic Program, students need to have completed all developmental course work in English and math, and received sponsorship from a clinical hospital site.

Students are encouraged to complete the general education requirements prior to enrollment, as the Paramedic Program is a rigorous and time-intensive curriculum.

First Year

Semester Total: 18

Spring Semester

Semester Total: 18

Summer I Semester

Summer II Semester

Semester Total: 6

Second Year

Fall Semester

Semester Total: 12

Spring Semester

Semester Total: 9

Total Program Credits: 63

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