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MVCC, partners to bring back paramedics program

Posted 6/25/22

A paramedic and emergency medical services degree program will be reinstated at Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall, through an agreement with the Mohawk Valley Health System.

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MVCC, partners to bring back paramedics program

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UTICA — A paramedic and emergency medical services degree program will be reinstated at Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall, through an agreement with the Mohawk Valley Health System, according to MVCC and Midstate EMS officials.

The paramedic associates degree program will provide a pathway from an EMT-basic certification to a degree as a paramedic, officials said. This will also provide flexible payment options to those pursuing training through Midstate EMS, an affiliate of the Mohawk Valley Health System.

“MVCC is thrilled to collaborate with MVHS and Midstate EMS in the development of a novel approach to overcome the critical workforce crisis facing regional EMS providers,” said Randall J. VanWagoner, MVCC president.

“The Mohawk Valley has a long history of relying on strong institutional partnerships to persevere through adversity, and we are honored to perpetuate this tradition by joining this partnership as a solution for the current paramedic staffing challenge.”

The program, which will be offered beginning this fall, will include technical instruction through Midstate EMS and general education coursework through MVCC. Students also will have access to MVCC’s Human Tissue Lab as part of their clinical education. Students who complete the program will be eligible to take certification exams to receive Department of Health endorsements to practice as paramedics.

“As a health system, we work hand-in-hand with EMS providers, relying on the expertise of paramedics to safely triage and transport the patient to the hospital, all while communicating ahead to the Emergency Department team so they can prepare for the patient’s arrival,” said Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of Mohawk Valley Health System.

“This is especially vital with our stroke and cardiac services, as time is crucial to saving lives. This partnership is so important to creating a paramedic community that can properly support the healthcare needs of the population we serve.”

Students may enter the program as an EMT-B or Midstate EMS will provide such training as part of the student’s degree plan. More information on the new program is available at the website www.MidstateEMS.org.

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