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School & Program Updates

Florida International: Will Provide EMT and Paramedic Education Programs

The Florida Department of Health has approved Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and The Academy of International Disaster Preparedness to provide emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic educational programs.

“This is a skill-based program that will give members of our community the expertise they need to succeed and it’s an opportunity to train future EMTs and paramedics to provide life-saving services,” said Mr. Robert Meek, director of Disaster Medicine and the Aeromedical Evacuation Program. “For students who are interested in any medical field, having the opportunity to seamlessly take EMT and paramedic training courses as part of their elective choices is a great opportunity to expand their knowledge base and these are practical skills that anyone can benefit from, regardless of their field.”

The program will officially launch in the fall of 2019, with the first cohort able to apply for non-degree seeking certification. The courses can also be applied to a bachelor’s degree in emergency management. As of 2020, the program will open to all FIU degree-seeking students looking to gain skills that can make them more competitive in the job market.

“The goal is to create a robust dynamic program that meets the needs of working adults who will then have the ability to impact the community and university immediately upon completion from our program. We will continue to provide training that can advance their careers while saving lives,” said Mr. Bridget Pelaez, assistant director in the department of emergency management at the Academy. “We are looking to foster an environment of leadership and education that will lead to new research and advancements in the field of emergency medical services.”

Learn more about the new programs.

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