Public Safety Training Facility

Monroe Community College
Rochester, New York


Paramedic ProgramThis is called a caduceus (kah-du'-se-us)


An important prerequisite for entry into the Paramedic Program (EMT-P) is the certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. EMTs are individuals who have completed 110 hours of classroom and clinical training in basic life support, and have passed written and practical examinations. One year of actual ambulance experience as an EMT, or equivalent, is also required. Press here to find out how to become an EMT.

Perspective students must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. They must have the ability to: communicate verbally, via radio and telephone; ability to lift and carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 lbs with assistance); ability to interpret written, oral and diagnostic form instructions; ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations; ability to be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights; ability to be unaffected by smells and sights of blood, tissue, emesis, urine and feces; ability to function efficiently throughout an entire work shift without interruption; ability to calculate weight and volume ratios; ability to read English language manuals, road maps and street guides, discern street signs and address numbers; ability to interview patient, family members, and bystanders; ability to document in writing all relevant information in a prescribed format; ability to converse in English with co-workers and hospital staff as to status of patient; must have good manual dexterity, with ability to perform all tasks related to the highest quality patient care; ability to bend, stoop and crawl on uneven terrain; ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture; ability to work in low light and confined spaces; the ability to read fine print on medication containers (corrective lenses acceptable); must have stable emotional makeup and have good coping skills. Students must not have any felony convictions.


It is very beneficial to have college level algebra, entry level chemistry, anatomy, medical terminology, prior to EMT-P school.

The following is a list of COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS which are generally not helpful and may be harmful to the student's success:

  1. Reading the paramedic text before the program begins (very harmful).
  2. Advancing level by level. We believe Basic EMTs should go directly to paramedic training, not up the training ladder (can be harmful for some people).
  3. Being tutored by an A-EMT who is not in the EMS educational loop. (occasionally harmful).

Swift Water Rescue

Water rescue

Each year the entire class of students are allowed to select an interesting speciality such as Vertical Rescue, Vehicle Extracation, Water Rescue, Water Safety or Wilderness Rescue. Pictured here are two faculty members (right) discussing the day's events with a student (left) negotiating the rugged terain.

Students perform 12 leads on each other

12 Lead EKG

MCC's Paramedic Program is one of the few Paramedic programs that not only teach 12 Lead EKG acquisition but we also teach the paramedic how to interpret the 12 lead for normalcy, ischemia, acute injury, infarction, axis, bundle branch blocks, chamber enlargement, pericarditis, and other field issues.

External Jugular Vein IV

Unique Education

Unique didactic and skills training. On-site labs for experiments in osmosis, diffusion, blood typing and hematology. On-site EKG Telemetry Base Station for student practice and "role reversal". In addition to books, lecture, and computers, students learn anatomy using organ dissection classes. Special mannequins allow practice in endotracheal intubation, thorocentisis, pericardiocentisis, surgical airways, external jugular cannulation, external pacing, synchronized cardioversion, and defibrillation. We use modern, well-maintained medical equipment. Our computer labs are equipped with the latest medical education software.

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Updated: June 22, 1999