Monday, April 23, 2012

FLCC to offer paramedic academy in fall 2012

Finger Lakes Community College will begin a nine-month paramedic academy in September 2012 to enable students to complete training more rapidly and help meet the need for emergency workers.

“We’ve had several requests to do this over the years,” said Donna Spink, FLCC coordinator of emergency medical services.

FLCC’s current paramedic certificate program consists of evening classes held over 17 months, from January through May of the next year.

The new paramedic academy would run from September 2012 through May 2013; classes would initially be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over time, class days drop from three days per week to two and then one as students switch focus to clinical practice. All classes are held at the FLCC Geneva Campus Center at 63 Pulteney St.

Those who enroll in the paramedic academy would be considered full-time FLCC students and qualify for financial aid.

The program prepares students for the state Department of Health exam they must pass to work in the field. Credits can also be applied toward FLCC’s two-year paramedic degree.

To be eligible for the program, students must be a New York state certified emergency medical technician and meet the general requirements for enrollment to FLCC. Tuition is the equivalent of one year at FLCC, currently $3,484, plus fees. The application deadline is June 1.

For more information or to register, contact Donna Spink at (315) 789-0108 or spinkdm@flcc.edu.

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