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Paramedic Program

EMS & Paramedic Training
Contact: Doug Sandbrook, MA, NRP
Phone: 315 464-4851
Email: emsctr@upstate.edu

Now accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Paramedic Class
Enroll now- 30 seats available

Paramedic Program Application Materials


Here’s how we are we managing classes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Paramedic Program will start August 25, 2020


  • Interviews for incoming students are being conducted remotely using Zoom meetings

Social Distancing

  • The new program will start being respectful of social distancing
  • Classroom & simulation room capacities have changed to maintain effective social distancing

Digital Classroom

  • We will be capitalizing on the use of our digital classroom
  • Students will attend two virtual lectures a week, utilizing Zoom meetings

Small Group Labs

  • We are employing small group labs of no more than 12 students to a cohort, with a student-to-instructor ratio of 3:1, being respectful of personal space
  • Students will be assigned to one of three lab cohorts
  • Presently our lab cohorts are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, Friday mornings & Friday afternoons

We look forward to seeing you this fall.


The Upstate Paramedic Program meets or surpasses all NREMT requirements/standards, is CoAEMSP accredited, and requires students to complete 500 hours of classroom training plus an additional 500+ hours of internship and field training. Paramedics frequently earn additional certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), all of which are included in the Upstate Paramedic Program.

Physician instructor guides paramedic students in a simulation

Interview Process

After submitting the application to the program the prospective student will receive a letter of confirmation and instructions for taking an online, self-paced pre-admission exam. The prospective student will be expected to complete the pre-admission exam at his or her earliest convenience. Upon completion of this exam, results will automatically be sent to the program and the prospective student will be contacted to schedule a panel interview.

The panel interview will be conducted with the Lead Instructor, Clinical Coordinator and at least one additional staff member. The interview is expected to last about one hour and will consist of a reciprocal question and answer session between panel members and prospective students. The interview will conclude with a verbal in which the candidates ability to provide good patient care and provide sound reasoning for actions taken.


The SUNY Upstate Medical University Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763


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

Student Financial Responsibilities

Students are responsible for any and all costs associated with their course.  If a student damages an affiliated agency or Upstate's equipment or property, they may be held responsible for costs or damage.





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Course Tuition and Fees: $5,865.00

Program Performance Data

What is a paramedic?

"The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system."

-From The National EMS Scope of Practice Model

Please see the NREMT's site for more information

What does a paramedic do?

  • Respond to 911 calls in small teams for both emergent and non-emergent conditions, in ambulances, in helicopters, in fixed-wing flight, and a variety of other settings

  • Assess patient condition and determine course of treatment within established protocols

  • Document patient care for all involved healthcare providers, serving patient care and research purposes

  • Complete inter-facility transfer of patients, sometimes requiring intensive care transport

  • Perform regular (monthly/weekly/daily) equipment inspection to ensure all tools and equipment are resupplied and functioning in proper working order

Is there an age requirement/limit for paramedics?

New York State law requires that you must be at least 18 years of age by the end of the month in which you are scheduled to take the written certification examination. There is no maximum age, but you need to be able to lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance).

What sort of personal qualities are desirable in a paramedic?

These are qualities we think are important:

  • A paramedic must be able to deal with pressure and stress. A paramedic will encounter many unexpected circumstances in the field, on the ambulance or inside a hospital and must maintain the focus and calm on which the patient’s life may depend. Patients sometimes need assistance in the worst of circumstances, including but not limited to locations which are dirty, bloody, or simply distressing to see.

  • A paramedic will need to not only be fit, but be able to lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance). Along with general physical and mental health, the job of a paramedic requires a lot of sitting, standing, and reaching.

  • A paramedic should have both assertive and compassionate characteristics. A paramedic must understand how to effectively communicate with patients who might be frightened, in pain or suffering from an illness which presents interpersonal challenges to the paramedic.

  • A paramedic should expect to work long hours. It’s not uncommon at all for a paramedic to work 12, 16, even 24-hour shifts.

  • A paramedic has to do some quick, accurate mental arithmetic in order to perform drug calculations based on patient weight and dosages- so basic math skills are essential.

How does certification or licensure work?

NREMT certification confirms you have met a set of standards and have, in the opinion of many states, the necessary knowledge/skills. In many such states, a license is granted by the state giving the legal permission to practice as a professional in that state.

New York State certifies individuals to operate as a Paramedic. First, New York State does not grant paramedic licenses, it only issues state certification. Secondly, New York State does not accept NREMT certification as a basis for New York State paramedic certification. Instead, New York State requires the applicant to pass a state test to gain certification. In our program, we'll help you prepare to successfully take that exam.

Lastly, it is important to note that our program is geared to meet or surpass NREMT standards and that the successful completion of our program will prepare you to sit for the NREMT exam or the New York State exam.