Paramedic Science

St. Elizabeth Regional Health and SJC have a cooperative Paramedic Science program that offers a seamless integrated Associate of Science degree in Paramedic Science curriculum. The collaborative program stimulates Paramedic Science students to think analytically, pursue independent learning experiences, and develop a greater awareness of and sensitivity toward themselves and others.


AS in Paramedic Science (2 year)

Why Paramedic Science?

  • 1According to the United States Department of Labor, the demand for paramedics is “expected to grow by 33% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
  • 2Paramedics care for people and save lives. As a result, many paramedics believe they have a gratifying career.
  • 3People are in need of emergency care everywhere. Therefore, an AS in Paramedic Science will virtually enable you to live and work wherever you wish.

Careers in Paramedic Science

  • Critical Care Paramedic
  • EMT Paramedic
  • Fire Fighter Paramedic
  • Flight Paramedic
  • Primary Care Paramedic

Why Study Paramedic Science at Saint Joseph's College?


SJC and St. Elizabeth Regional Health offer a collaborative, two-year Paramedic Science program. In order to ensure that our students receive ample personal attention, the program is organized into cohorts. Each cohort is limited to 20 students, which we determine by a “first-come, first-served” basis. Each new cohort starts annually in August. In order to meet our students’ needs, all classes are held in Lafayette at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing during the evenings, allowing students to work during the day.  

Hands-on Experience

Our Paramedic Science students receive hands-on clinical and patient care experience in many of the critical care areas of the hospital. For example, students observe heart catheterization procedures and shadow board certified emergency room physicians in the emergency department. Clinicals take place in either an emergency room or on board an ambulance. St. Elizabeth’s Emergency Room sees an average of 60,000 patients per year. Patients range from pediatrics to geriatrics, so students receive a wide variety of experience. St. Elizabeth’s emergency medical services (ambulances) receive an average of 17,000 911 calls per year. Calls range anywhere from cardiac arrests to automobile accidents.

Dedication to Excellence

Strong clinical opportunities set the SJC Paramedic Science program apart from many other programs in the state. Once students complete their AS degree, they are eligible to take the National Registry for Paramedics, an exam required to obtain a job as a paramedic.


Due to our collaboration, students wishing to study Paramedic Science must apply to and be accepted by SJC although all classes are held at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.

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    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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